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


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.

spanish wine corks

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

man holding wine bottle

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.


  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 […]

What’s the big deal with Burgundy and its Wine?


There are many reasons why people are obsessed with the Burgundy wine region in France. Two of the main ones are the taste signatures of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape varieties grown there. With these grapes, the variety of styles and the classification tiers, this place can be both hedonistic and intellectual at the […]

Have You Made Your New Year Wine Resolutions?

resolution letter to new year

Wow – over a week into 2019 already. For many, a New Year means New Year’s resolutions. For some it means planning trips to the gym and for others it will mean adhering to a ‘dry January’. To many of us, it means a time for dusting off previous resolutions and committing again this year! […]

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – for Christmas Movies.

Christmas Movies and xmas tree

When we mention Christmas we usually end up talking about the family coming home, friends we’ll meet, or what food and drink we’ll go through. The one other item that enters conversations (some of us even look forward to them) is Christmas movies. Some people hate them, some people laugh at them but I think […]

How to Choose your Favourite Festive Fizz


It’s that time of the year again when people’s thoughts turn to bubbles and by bubbles, I mean sparkling wine. As the sparkling wine market is on a seemingly unquenchable climb, the choice on offer makes choosing your favourite festive fizz even more difficult. Every year end has people feeling more celebratory, and looking for […]

12 Merry Christmas Wines to Choose from on the Big Day


I suppose the silly season is already upon us. At this time, I am reminded of past years helping customers to plan their Merry Christmas Wines well in advance but also the ‘panickers’ who leave it until the last minute. Whichever category you fall into, to help you avoid your choices falling flat (pun intended) […]

12 of the Best from our 2018 Favourite Wines

Green Acres 2018 Favourite Wines

As we get closer and closer to the end of 2018, myself, James and Patrick O’Connor were reflecting on the year that’s almost finished, and challenged ourselves to pick a mixed case of our 2018 favourite wines. This challenge was not as simple as it sounds as we have had the privilege of tasting some […]