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Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Liberator Francophile Chenin Blanc 2015 (Kelly’s of Clontarf €14.99)

Chenin Blanc is one of the most versatile grapes there is. Originating in the Loire region in the north of France, it can produce wines that are dry, sweet and sparkling. South Africa has taken it on as it’s own flagship grape and there is a steady stream of excellent wines coming out of the Western Cape that…… Continue reading Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Liberator Francophile Chenin Blanc 2015 (Kelly’s of Clontarf €14.99)

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Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Guerrieri Rizzardi Prosecco Frizzante (O’Brien’s €11.95 reduced from €14.95)

This week it was my lovely girlfriend’s birthday, so I decided to grab a bottle of Prosecco on the way home. O’Briens currently have a sale on their range of Itaian wines across their stores with discounts of 20%-35%. This Guerrieri Rizzardi Prosecco Frizzante was reduced down to €11.95 and fitted the bill perfectly. Prosecco is produced in…… Continue reading Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Guerrieri Rizzardi Prosecco Frizzante (O’Brien’s €11.95 reduced from €14.95)

Wine · Wine Production

Oak Ageing Wine

During a recent training session with some restaurant staff, I was asked why a wine might have ‘reserve’ or ‘riserva’ on the bottle label. This led on to a discussion about ageing wine in oak and the effects this has. The thought of barrels stacked in a cellar, quietly sleeping, is a romantic one. But…… Continue reading Oak Ageing Wine

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WSET Level 3: A Little Bit Wiser

Almost a decade ago I was introduced to wine, in the cellar of the Royal Opera House in London. I was shown the difference between a Sauv Blanc and a Cab Sauv, the difference between dry and sweet and taught that not all wines are made equal. I had the opportunity to taste some of…… Continue reading WSET Level 3: A Little Bit Wiser