Christmas is a Good Time to Discover Special Wines

Special Christmas Wines in Green Acres

At any time of the year, discovering special wines and matching food is a tricky subject as the choice of taste, and what goes with what, ultimately comes down to personal preference. So instead of me prescribing certain wines for drinking/pairing with your Christmas dinner this year, I’m going to suggest some alternatives that might […]

Discover the 2017 Bordeaux Harvest with Us.

Wine Tasting Ch. L'Eglise-Clinet

Ever since our trip to the Bordeaux’s right bank during this year’s harvest (September), I’ve been meaning to post this article. My colleagues, James and Paula O’Connor and I popped over to meet old friends, do some tasting and learn about the 2017 Bordeaux harvest. I have copious notes and images from the trip (too […]

How to Avoid Choosing the Wrong Wine for an Event

Green Acres row of event wine glasses

I’m sure you’re used to reading expert articles on wine-related matters so I’m going to come clean up-front.  I am responding to a challenge laid down by my co-directors in Green Acres to write a blog post and I’ll fully admit I was a nervous wreck just thinking about it. We only commenced this blog, […]

Green Acres Irish Gin – the Story.

Bottle of Green Acres Irish Gin

Although a fairly recent event, I have wanted to tell the story behind Green Acres Irish Gin since its inception. As we approach its 1st year anniversary, I think it is opportune to do so here in this blog, now. Firstly, the name. There are many fantastically named gins out in the marketplace, but we avoided going […]

How to Discover Great Wine Bargains From Bin End Sales

bottles and barrel at greenacres bin end sale

I am not a sommelier nor have I studied oenology in a formal way. What I have been doing though is developing my taste pallet and discovering wines of the world through wonderful people for over 25 years. I love sharing this passion for wine and I honestly believe that bin end sales, which obviously […]

Sunshine, Wexford Strawberries and Wine

wexford strawberry lips

Recently, here in Wexford on the sunny South East coast of Ireland, we’ve had a 50th celebration of the Strawberry Fair in Enniscorthy and a decent (but brief) enough hint at an Irish heatwave. These and the start of Wimbledon this week, made me ponder – if sunshine had a taste, what would it be like? After much deliberation, […]

En Primeur 2016 – Favourites

En Primeur 2016 favourites wine glasses heart shape

In this, the last of our en primeur 2016 blog trilogy, I want to reflect on a discussion (ahem), that James and I have been having. It is about picking our en primeur 2016 favourites from those we tasted recently in France. The discussion was prompted by a customer in Dublin, who challenged us to choose just […]

Another 36 Hours in Paradise – En Primeur 2016

wineglass-tasting-greenacres-2016 en-primeur

When we visited the Bordeaux en primeur 2016 week recently, we had temperatures in the mid to high 20s centigrade. Little did we know that such a dramatic drop in temperature (as low as -4c) was just around the corner.         In the last week of April, severe frosts across Europe hit […]

2016 En Primeur Thoughts from Abroad


James O’Connor and myself, (Donal) have been on a voyage of discovery for 21 consecutive years, travelling to Bordeaux to taste their wines en primeur. We will use this post to give you an insight into what’s involved and give you an oversight into the 2016 vintage. If you would like to receive our detailed tasting notes […]

Greenacres, Wexford Recognised for Top Class Shopping Experience


Wexford retailers continue to be at the forefront of driving customer excellence and last night those leading the way were recognised at the Retail Excellence Ireland Awards 2017 in association with Barclaycard.   Following hundreds of entries Retail Excellence Ireland has crowned Greenacres, Selskar, National Store of the Year 2017. The store has been a well […]