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by Traci Gates | November 29, 2018
Christmas Dessert 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, paired with some of our favourite festive wines. This week we reveal their cherished and delectable recipes. Whether you are the head chef or kitchen porter at home, we hope you […]
by Traci Gates | November 28, 2018
Christmas Starter Wine Pairing In this year’s Wines Direct Christmas Brochure, the top chefs and influencers in the Irish food scene shared their much-loved Christmas dishes with you, paired with some festive wines. This week, we reveal their delectable recipes. Whether you are the head chef or kitchen porter at home, we hope you find ideas […]
by Traci Gates | November 24, 2018
Christmas Turkey Wine Pairing Edward’s Christmas Buttered Turkey & Stuffing “You just can’t beat the traditional Christmas turkey. Everyone’s perspective is different with regard to the stuffing but I think it is fine to stuff the actual bird. However, I would remind you to ensure that the turkey is completely cold before you stuff the […]
by Traci Gates | November 20, 2018
A Lesson in Fizzics “It’s official. party season has begun and it’s time to add a bit of sparkle to your life.” “Made using the traditional method, which was being used in Limoux long before Champagne, this blend of Mauzac, Chenin Blanc, and Chardonnay gives this elegant round flavours of green apple, white fruit and […]
by Traci Gates | October 31, 2018
Sparkling Wine & Pastry Pairing with The Great British Bakeoff   On your marks, get set, BAKE! What is it about a drone’s eye view of a baking competition tent in the hills of the English countryside that has us so transfixed? Is it the charming set with its retro duck egg blue and sage […]
by Traci Gates | October 28, 2018
Go Walkabout Down the Wine Aisle to Find a Wonder From Down Under “…The Old Tourism Australia advertising slogan, “So where the hell are you?” has never seemed more appropriate. Now, it is time to discover Australia’s off-the-beaten-track wines.” Craiglee, Shiraz, 2013 “Irish-Australian Pat Carmody makes this elegant, slightly peppery shiraz in a historic vineyard […]
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 | October 21, 2018
Tomás Clancy Rates The Wine List: Avalon, Dublin 4 Rating: **** “The boss at Avalon, Sommelier Sheerin Wilde, has his name above the list here, so you’re casting your eyes down a collection that has been assembled with appropriate seriousness and judgement, showcasing a wealth of big experiences from Bordeaux. Which is not to say there […]
by Traci Gates | October 21, 2018
Crios Torrontés, Torrontés Valle de Cafayate, Argentina, 2016 “With wonderful white-fleshed fish like black sole and cod in season, this is the perfect time to buy this Argentine gem. This well-structured food wine is a product of the wine business set up by Argentina’s first female enologist, Susan Balbo, and based on Argentina’s own Torrontés grape. […]
by Traci Gates | October 14, 2018
Press Review: Elias Mora Semicrianza, DO Toro, Spain 2016 “When Paddy Keogh introduced Ireland to the wines of the breakthrough female winemaking team the Two Victorias many years ago, the ambition and sophistication of their Tinto do Toro, the then rustic version of Tempranillo was self evident.  Over the years they have evolved their own […]
by Traci Gates | September 30, 2018
It’s Grape Harvest Time! It is a long voyage from grape to glass. The grape harvest is the first step in this complex journey of making an enjoyable wine and the last step in a year’s worth of hard graft and soulful management of each precious vine. For any winery, it is the busiest time of year, […]
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 […]
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