I wouldn’t be the first to point out that wine labels can be incredibly confusing. My colleague James O’Connor wrote about the nuances of wine labels on this blog last year – How to Understand Wine Labels and Bottles More Easily. In France, the labels can outline the region in which the wine was produced […]
Working in the wine business does not mean sampling glorious wines from around the world, willy- nilly. The wine trade is just like any other retail business and requires just as much business acumen, in addition to the all the wine knowledge that must be absorbed. I am 7th generation O’Connor who has worked in […]
Here’s the thing – a lot of people, even those who do not traditionally enjoy wine, do like a sweeter tasting wine. However, many of those who have tasted a flabby, sickly sweet Moscato, or an overly sugared Riesling, have sworn off sweet wines for good. I hate to hear this, so I’m asking you […]
James O’Connor of Green Acres Wexford, reminisces about his experiences and the characters of the Smithfield Fruit Market in Dublin
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. […]
Donal Morris outlines a typical vineyard’s activity, month by month and then discusses how weather and climate effect the wines that you taste.
Donal Morris, of Green Acres delves into the topics of becoming a wine collector, how to cellar your wine and broaches the subject of investing in wine.
A decanter can often be seen as an object of intimidation. This post outlines that it can be an important and rewarding tool to elevate your wine experience.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]