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Food Pairing:Soft 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 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 13, 2017
From the Loire to Alsace, we visit two unique and fascinating French winemakers to see how they celebrate Christmas. I'm of to bake some bredele!
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 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 29, 2017
Christmas in the southern hemisphere is a little different, but the most important things are still there: family, food, and great wine!   Coriole “Christmas for our family starts with Carols on Christmas Eve with friends and neighbours. Christmas morning is Champagne, fresh prawns, croissants, new season cherries. We then generally hit the beach before […]
by Sam Logan | November 10, 2017
You might think that working for a wine company makes choosing Christmas drinks easy. Au Contraire. It’s just three weeks to the big day, and my cellar is bare. If you’re anything like me, your current level of Christmas organization is below where you would like it to be. You might be starting to get […]
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 | October 4, 2017
Vines love valleys. Rivers moderate summer temperatures and provide fertile alluvial soil from a history of floods. Valley slopes drain vineyards quickly and give them a sunny aspect. Valleys are a kind of “Goldilocks feature” for vines; giving light, heat, hydration, and nutrition that is just right for producing great wine. The two valleys of […]
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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