Category:Winemakers

by Traci Gates | February 9, 2021
Valentine’s Day Wine A folklore proverb says that “Saint Valentine brings the keys of roots” and work in the vineyards and fields commence as plants and flowers start to grow. Today we associate the day with romantic love, cards and chocolate. It is also a reminder of the love affair our winemakers have with their vines. In honour […]
by Traci Gates | January 18, 2021
Vegan Wine  Whether you participate in Veganuary or you are vegan all year round and curious as to why not all wines are vegan then here is the long and short of it. One would assume wine is naturally vegan because well, grapes. The short answer is no. The long answer is found in the […]
by Traci Gates | December 9, 2020
Christmas Wine Gift Guide The Top 5 Wine Lover Gifts Whether you are buying gifts for friends, relatives or colleagues, we are confident you will find something really special to spread the magic of Christmas. We stock over 350 wines from 10 countries throughout Europe and the New World. The team at Wines Direct have […]
by Traci Gates | July 9, 2019
The Best Rosé Wines to Try Right now Summer temperatures are finally warming our lush island, and the whole of Ireland is donning Espadrilles, and leaving the house without as much as a cardigan. Could we really have a proper summer starting now? Well, to that we say, YES! No matter what the mercury or Met […]
by Traci Gates | February 28, 2019
Orange Wine The days are getting longer, and the daffodils are popping up along with the lists of recommended Spring wines to taste – aromatic and zippy whites and lighter French reds like Gamay. All wonderfully light choices as we come out of our heavy hibernation. We hesitate to label a season to a particular […]
by Traci Gates | September 30, 2018
It’s Grape Harvest Time! It is a long voyage from grape to glass. The grape harvest is the first step in this complex journey of making an enjoyable wine and the last step in a year’s worth of hard graft and soulful management of each precious vine. For any winery, it is the busiest time of year, […]
by Sam Logan | May 14, 2018
Priorat Wine at Finca Mas D’en Gil   In terms of international esteem for Spanish wines, those from Priorat DOQ are unfairly overshadowed by the wines of the bigger and more well-known La Rioja DOC. There’s no doubt that Rioja deserves every bit of its popularity, but Priorat is the only other region with Spain’s […]
by Sam Logan | April 24, 2018
Cava Wine at Cellar Carles Andreu Cava, the sparkling Spanish wine that rivals Champagne, is a modern name for a style of wine that has been produced in Spain for centuries. When we visited our Cava producer, he explained the history of Cava and what makes his Cava Wine so special. It was still morning […]
by Sam Logan | April 10, 2018
Gifts for Wine Lovers: Wine Explorers Club So, you know someone who loves wine, and you want to get them a present they’ll love. First of all, don’t get them decanters, wine racks, fancy stoppers, or any other wine gadgets. Chances are they’ve already got all the equipment they need to enjoy wine (i.e., glasses […]
by Sam Logan | December 13, 2017
Today we make the last visit to the vines before Christmas. We’re stopping by Bordeaux to find out how our favourite Bordelais winemakers celebrate Christmas. There’s oysters, apple pie and a lovely tradition with the company that makes the barrels Chateau Hautes Segottes is aged in.   Chateau Thieuley In the Courselle ‘s family, we […]
by Sam Logan | December 13, 2017
We catch up with two of our winemakers from Burgundy to hear what the Christmas festivities are like in one of the heartlands of French winemaking. As you might expect, all the food the winemakers mention is tailormade for Burgundy wines. Various molluscs feature prominently on both Christmas menus. While oysters are popular at home in Ireland, […]
by Sam Logan | December 11, 2017
In the southern hemisphere, Christmas happens right in the middle of summer. A white Christmas does sound picturesque, but a Christmas BBQ in shorts by the pool sounds way better to me! From barbequed lobster to “monkey’s tail eggnog, not forgetting the amazing Carmenere and Malbec wines, it all sounds fantastic. I think my future […]
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