Is Christmas Food and Wine the Most Trending Thing Now?


Every year, during December, one might think that Christmas food and wine would be a trending topic, on and offline. However, the thing is, that trending topic with its smörgåsboard of suggested pairings, only serves to make the ordinary punter feel inundated and utterly confused.

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Mulled Wine & 3 x Mulled Wine Recipies


Have you ever really thought, in-depth, about mulled wine? Usually, at this time of the year, I end up doing so. As the nights draw in, nothing quite warms up frozen fingers more than a cosy beverage. And as this festive season unfolds, we search out hot drinks with booze that you can have to […]

Wine and Soups Can be the Perfect Autumn Partnership

meal including wine and soup

Have you noticed that, with the Wexford Festival finished, Halloween celebrated and the temperature dropped – various new wine and soup options are appearing on restaurant menus. Most of us will be lamenting the end of summer and the white and pink wines that go with it. However, as the seasons change, it is probably […]

Understanding What Makes a French Grand Cru Great

Donal Morris portrait shot

More than likely, at some stage, you’ve heard a wine described as a ‘ French Grand Cru’. Perhaps you will have noticed it on a label when browsing the wine shelves. 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 […]

Harvesting Bordeaux and Burgundy – Patrick O’Connor

Patrick O Connor in Burgundy

Bordeaux and Burgundy are two of the most well known wine regions world-wide. However, working in the wine business does not mean sampling glorious wines from regions such as these, 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 […]

All We Are Saying Is “Give Sweet Wines A Chance”.

Selection of Sauterns Bottles

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 […]

Is the Making of Iconic Wines an Art or Science?

stack of wooden wine cases

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.  […]