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Is the Making of Iconic Wines an Art or Science?

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Recently, while undertaking a tasting of wines for our Green Acres Summer Wine Sale, myself, Donal Morris and my son Patrick debated what are, and what makes icon wines – iconic? We debated about the grapes, the regions, and the winemakers. In essence, I suppose, we were discussing the art vs science topic of winemaking.  […]

What’s the Difference between Organic, Biodynamic, Natural and Vegan Wine?

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Let’s face it, a lot more people in general, are becoming more conscious about what they are consuming. Wine is no exception. We all have heard of somebody that has turned vegetarian or vegan for health reasons. Because of this trend, organic and natural food and drink is a growing retail segment. As more people […]

Would You Know Your Bordeaux Wine From Your Claret? (Part 3)

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A Tale of Two Bordeaux– Left and Right Bank. As outlined in my previous posts in this French wine post trilogy, Bordeaux Wine Part 1, and Part 2, Bordeaux is home to a large number of wine-growing areas. It is naturally divided by the Gironde Estuary, breaking it up into two main regions – the […]

Would You Know Your Bordeaux Wine From Your Claret? (Part 2)

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A Tale of Two Bordeaux– Left and Right Bank. As outlined in my previous post, Bordeaux Wines Part 1, Bordeaux is home to a large number of wine-growing areas but is naturally divided by the Gironde Estuary, breaking it up into two main regions – the Left and Right Banks. Neither one has anything to […]

Would You Know Your Bordeaux Wine From Your Claret? (Part 1)

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A Tale of Two Bordeaux– Right and Left Bank. “I can certainly see that you know your wine. Most of the guests who stay here wouldn’t know the difference between Bordeaux and Claret.” ~ John Cleese. Every time I am reminded of this episode from the classic comedy series – Faulty Towers – I smile […]

What You Need to Know About Spanish Wines.

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The Spanish Wine Week website states that “The SWW19 is taking place now: from the 8th to the 14th April, with events arranged nationwide to suit everyone. The week celebrates the impressive diversity of regions and grapes that make up Spanish viniculture.” I thought it would be opportune to write about Spanish Wines and provide […]

A Simple Technique on How to Train Your Wine Palate

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I know we’ve said many times in previous Green Acres blog posts that the beauty of a wine is in the eye of the beholder. I’ve also recommended in the past, that a little knowledge will go a long way towards you enjoying your wine experience a little more. So, in this post I’d like […]

Home Wine Tasting – No Scented Candles Here Please.

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  From time to time a wine interest group, a private function or a business will use a wine tasting event as a novel and a fun way to entertain and educate. Recently, I was asked to present a selection of Burgundy wines to the local Wexford Wine Circle. I did so with my Green […]