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Food Pairing:Spicy Food

by Traci Gates | October 23, 2018
Creamy Curry Wine Pairing Ireland loves a good curry! Curry has been a part of the Irish food scene since nearly its inception. There are now hundreds of Indian eateries in Ireland. Curry is so undeniably popular; a dedicated award ceremony is taking place in Dublin called, “The Irish Curry Awards.”  The Irish Oscars of Curry recognise […]
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 | 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
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 […]
by Sam Logan | November 1, 2017
Producer Focus – Pepperton Estate Pepperton Estate is located in the village of Beelbangera in New South Wales, 500km west of Sydney. While a winery was originally founded in the 1930s on the site by an Italian Immigrant family, the Rossettos, Pepperton Estate was established in its current incarnation by the Toohey family who named […]
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 4, 2017
  As a vineyard, San Simone is a bit like Robin Williams. Now, that might sound a little strange, but hear me out. Robin Williams was an outstanding actor, as well as a hilarious stand-up comedian. Before his tragic suicide (coincidentally, three years ago this week) he starred in best comedies of the 80s, 90s […]
by Sam Logan | July 28, 2017
A passionate dedication to a place is a characteristic usually attributed to French winemakers. It’s easy to imagine a proud and surly vigneron dismissing their neighbouring regions, and the wines those regions produce, with Gallic disdain. This fanaticism is encapsulated in the term terroirist – a winemaker who is committed to the influence their landscape […]
by Sam Logan | June 30, 2017
Quinta do Crasto  Even during the very hottest of Irish summers, it would be difficult to confuse Glendalough, or any other Irish landscape, with the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal. It’s the heat sets the place apart. The steep sides of the valley are carved from flaky schist that traps the heat of the sun, […]
by Sam Logan | June 30, 2017
Less Alcohol, Maximum Enjoyment There are plenty of excellent reasons you might want a wine that’s a little lower in alcohol. But none of those reasons are important enough for you to compromise your enjoyment! Fortunately, there are some great options if you want to enjoy a lower alcohol wine that still has plenty of […]