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by Fionnuala Harkin | August 16, 2022
The Eradus family came to New Zealand from their native Holland in the 1990’s, attracted by what Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson describe as ‘a bucolic life….producing, in the most pleasing environment, one of life’s more delicious commodities from the earth’. This was very young winemaking country, the first wines really only having been released […]
by Fionnuala Harkin | August 10, 2022
The canny wine drinkers of Ireland have long been fans of Paddy Borthwick’s Paper Road Pinot Noir, so we are delighted to see what we already know confirmed by Decanter Magazine. When I asked Paddy for his reaction to the stellar 95 points, he modestly credited “a bit of luck amongst the big boys”. Of […]
by Fionnuala Harkin | July 26, 2022
In a time of online banking, the ‘Bank Holiday’ is a quaint, but very welcome, little anachronism. As a child, the bank holiday held a special delight as it was a much better day off school than the dreaded ‘Holy Day of Obligation’. How could that be a good thing, all that obligation to cope […]
by Fionnuala Harkin | July 25, 2022
Wines Direct started its life in the venerable cellars and vineyards of Bordeaux, a land steeped in the history and tradition of wine. I don’t think Paddy Keogh, himself a Francophile through and through, ever thought Australia would woo him with its vinous charms, but that’s the wonderful thing about wine- it constantly surprises us. […]
by Fionnuala Harkin | July 20, 2022
“The whims of youth break all the rules.” – Homer. Breaking the rules, that’s what the next generation is for! This collection of wines is all about eschewing the restraints of the Appellation Controllée, the weight of family tradition, and the conventions of winemaking. The Courselle sisters wanted a wine to drink with their friends […]
by Fionnuala Harkin | July 12, 2022
For a woman who has become an iconic worldwide figure in the wine industry, I was surprised to learn that winemaking was not Susana Balbo’s first career choice. Another surprise is her favourite red wine: not Malbec which has become the national wine of Argentina, but Cabernet Sauvignon, which she believes is Argentina’s hidden treasure. […]
by Fionnuala Harkin | July 6, 2022
Who doesn’t dream of giving up the day job and buying a vineyard in France? Can’t be that hard, can it? Franck Pascal and Isabelle Carles are fully wearing that tee-shirt, and talking to Franck about their life-changing move from Paris to Bergerac over 20 years ago,  is a fascinating insight into the highs and […]
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 […]
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