It seems that in the last 10 years or so, balsamic vinegar has become more of a ‘thing’ on the culinary stage. I’ve noticed this because we are getting more queries about it in our shop. Questions like, what is the difference between balsamic vinegar and other wine vinegars? Are there different types of balsamic […]
I wonder did people bother with ‘dry January this year? I mean haven’t we enough on our plates to be worried about? In a year that had a pandemic, unusual USA elections, and Brexit, you would forgive me for wondering where to start, when looking back at 2020? I suppose the main disruption to all […]
In this post James O’Connor shares his thoughts on how we might take all precautions in our own houses this Christmas. He also reflects on Christmas Day Wines suggestions
Seriously, I cannot believe it is 12 months since I wrote a blog post about mulled wine – All You Ever Wanted to Know About Mulled Wine. So, this year I’m going to expand my topic a little and provide you with some recipes for winter drinks. Whether you need a Christmas drink to serve […]
In this post James O’Connor talks about types of wines that he’d match with movie genres and finishes off with a list of wine movies you should catch up on.
Sometimes, advice for wine pairings with food can be overly strict. James O’Connor provides us with some rules-of-thumb rather than strict guidelines.
Donal Morris of Greenacres explains why one should understand a little about wine colour in order to enjoy a better taste experience.
When we hear sommeliers, wine enthusiasts, or retailers using wine tasting terms it can sound superfluous, snobbish and perhaps a little silly sometimes. Even if you are interested in understanding them, it can be a confusing and daunting task. Take my word for it though, it isn’t a secret language the wine pros use. We […]
Many of you are aware that during the recent lockdown and current COVID19 restrictions, the sale of off-trade alcohol grew – a lot. Particularly wine sales. So, we wondered was this, as a result of more families drinking together, more single people drinking alone or just because pubs, restaurants and shops were shut. This led […]
The main question I want to answer in this post is what the hell is orange wine? First of all, let me assure you that orange wine is not made from oranges but from grapes! I want to get a little technical first and talk about maceration. You’ll understand why as you read on. Then […]
Donal Morris discusses Summer Red Wines, Aromatic Whites, and a Rosé for the hot days of summer. He also advises how best to chill red wine.
People’s attitude is that wine in a bag is of lower quality. Patrick O’Connor explores the topic of box wine with a view to changing your attitude towards same.