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Food Pairing:Hard Cheese

by Traci Gates | November 30, 2018
Cheese Board Wine Pairing In this year’s Wines Direct Christmas Brochure, top chefs and influencers in the Irish food scene shared their much-loved Christmas  dishes with you, paired with some of our favourite festive wines. This week, we reveal their delectable recipes. Whether you are the head chef or kitchen porter at home, we hope you […]
by Traci Gates | September 12, 2018
Manchego Cheese: A Tapas Classic In the towns and villages across Spain, between the hours of 9 and 11 pm, the doors of the tapas bars that line their medieval streets, open to floods of hungry and excited locals and savvy tourists who come to stand in this social ritual of daily life. Classically, eating tapas […]
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 15, 2017
An annual tradition that never fails to delight me is the glut of festive leftovers in the week following Christmas day. If you’re anything like me, you’ll appreciate the laziness all this extra food facilitates just as much as you enjoy the food itself.
by Sam Logan | December 5, 2017
As we saw yesterday, Italy has a wonderfully diverse and completely original way of celebrating the festivities – as Alessio Cartone says there are “20 regions, each one with their own tradition”. We spoke to 2 of our Italian wineries, Ciu Ciu Vini and Villamedoro, about what they usually do and how they’ll be spending […]
by Sam Logan | December 5, 2017
Christmases in other countries can be very different from the traditions we’re used to. Even somewhere as nearby as Italy has a really diverse and completely original way of celebrating the festivities. We spoke to 2 of our Italian wineries, Balestri Valda and Bidoli Vini, about what they usually do and how they’ll be spending […]
by Sam Logan | November 28, 2017
We take a whistlestop tour to hear how Christmas traditions differ around Spain. There’s the usual Jamón Iberico, cheese, and seafood, along with some southern Christmas Biscuits from Olivares – And plenty of wine!   Bodegas Jimenez Landi “We assemble a Nativity Set in our family home, and we get together in front of it […]
by Sam Logan | November 28, 2017
Catalonia is home to some of Europe’s, and the World’s, finest wines. We caught up with two of our Catalan winemakers to see what they’ll be eating and drinking over the Christmas period.   Finca Mas D’en Gil “A real Christmas Tradition is to prepare the roasted milk-fed lamb altogether the 24 December on the […]
by Sam Logan | November 1, 2017
Staff Favourites Sometimes, we pick the wines for wine of the week with a particular theme or upcoming event in mind. Often, we’ll choose wines from a region that’s a little bit out of the way. Other times we want to draw attention to a producer who does something a little unusual in how they […]
by Sam Logan | October 2, 2017
The south of France enjoys a certain reputation. Tell anyone that’s where you’re headed, and they’ll probably picture you enjoying champagne on a superyacht flanked by the ultrarich and European aristocracy. But the south of France isn’t all about obscene luxury on the Riviera. Despite not having the same reputation as premier French regions like […]
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