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by Traci Gates | November 26, 2018
Christmas Goose 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 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 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 11, 2017
Our Portuguese winemakers Quinta do Crasto and Bodegas Fillaboa tell us how they’ll be spending Christmas this year: plenty of sweet treats, seafood and, of course, fantastic wine.   Quinta do Crasto “Christmas traditions in Portugal and Douro are above all about family! It is common to celebrate around the table, on the 24th with Bacalhau […]
by Sam Logan | November 28, 2017
Cesar Langa produces fantastic wines to Organic standards under the Langa and Senorio de Ayud labels. We Caught up with Cesar to find out what Christmas means to him Bodegas Langa Christmas in Spain gets off to a rather peculiar and unofficial start on Dec. 22nd when children from San Ildefonso School can be heard […]
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 10, 2017
Finding wine to match Christmas dinner is a high stakes endeavour. If not necessarily contempt, familiarity certainly breeds neglect; you might assume the classic turkey, sprouts and roasties will taste just as good with any old wine. Not so, my friend. I’m not saying you need to blow all your budget on bougie bottles, but […]
by Sam Logan | October 26, 2017
Gems from Northern Italy Even though I was raised by a Francophile and a Hispanist, it never occurred to me to visit Italy before this September. I don’t know what took me so long; Italy seemed to me like a marriage of France and Spain along with its own unique character. I spent a week […]
by Sam Logan | September 26, 2017
 A Taste of Mendoza It comes as a surprise to many people that Ireland imports more wine from Chile than from any other country. We drink more Chilean wine than French, Spanish or Italian. What’s even more surprising, given that we so enjoy Chilean wine, is that we drink very little wine from Argentina.   […]
by Sam Logan | August 23, 2017
Tahbilk Tahbilk is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious wineries. While his family have been making wine there for decades, Alistair Purbrick is the first officially credentialed winemaker to work at Tahbilk. He graduated Roseworthy from College (the mecca for Aussie winemakers) at age 24, and he took over as head winemaker at Tahbilk. […]
by Sam Logan | August 23, 2017
Feudo Luparello Sicilian winery Feudo Luparello is owned and run by Walter Bartolomei, one of Italy’s foremost independent winemakers. His other vineyards may be familiar to fans of Italian wine; Ciù Ciù and Costadoro, both located on the Adriatic Coast. Walter and his brother, Massimiliano, worked with Feudo Luparello as consultants for years before purchasing […]
by Sam Logan | August 18, 2017
We love a maverick. There’s something inherently compelling about someone who plays by their own rules and succeeds, despite the disapproval of others. I really admire people with the independence to do something new, particularly if it’s unpopular at first. Judging by the careers of artists like Sinead O’Connor, James Joyce, and Bruce Willis I’m […]