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Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Elian Da Ros Ce Vin est un Fête’ 2015 (Terroirs €16.50 Reduced From €19.95)

I’ve passed Terroirs in Donnybrook quite a few times, but always seemed to be rushing somewhere and therefore not had the time to stop in. The name itself has peaked my interest and I managed to get a moment to visit this week and have a look around. I was greeted by Françoise, one of…… Continue reading Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Elian Da Ros Ce Vin est un Fête’ 2015 (Terroirs €16.50 Reduced From €19.95)

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Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Blank Bottle Koffer 2016 (Blackrock Cellar €32)

This week I took a recommendation from Blackrock Cellar home in the form of Blank Bottle Winery’s Koffer 2016. This is a wine made from 100% Cinsault, which is a grape I have little experience with. It produces light to medium bodied red wines and is a component of some Rhone wines. Along with Pinot…… Continue reading Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Blank Bottle Koffer 2016 (Blackrock Cellar €32)

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Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Domaine de Thulon 1947 1er Millésime 2009 (Wicklow Wine Company €24.95)

This week I thought I’d recommend something that would showcase the superior quality that can be experienced when you spend a little more on your wine. I actually bought this a few weeks ago, when I popped in to the Wicklow Wine Company shop on Main Street in the town centre. Master of Wine, Dermot Nolan,…… Continue reading Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Domaine de Thulon 1947 1er Millésime 2009 (Wicklow Wine Company €24.95)

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5 Great Wines From Lidl’s French Range

As a country with a long wine making history, France has a rich tapestry of regions and styles to choose from. I have to admit to being a Francophile myself when it comes to wine. This is, in part due to the deft touch the French have that shows in the elegance and finesse of their…… Continue reading 5 Great Wines From Lidl’s French Range

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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Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Vina Magna Crianza 2010

On Friday night I participated in a Christmas fair for La Touche Wines showing a selection of wines to the general public that had come along. I was there on behalf of the company I work for, as a supplier to La Touche, and we had tried to pick a selection of wines that would sell,…… Continue reading Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Vina Magna Crianza 2010

Wine · Wine Regions

Beginners Guide To: Burgundy

I’ve decided to develop on the inspiration for one of my previous posts. I’m delving a bit deeper into a region that still confuses many; Burgundy. Situated inland and one of the northernmost wine regions in the world, it can be a myriad of crus, vineyards, villages and departments to understand, even for the most seasoned…… Continue reading Beginners Guide To: Burgundy

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Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Vina del Cura Rioja Reserva 2011 (Tesco €10 – Reduced from €18)

This week it’s Spanish Wine Week. So what better for me to recommend than Spain’s most famous wine – Rioja! This weekend’s wine tip is a Rioja reserva from Tesco which I spotted a few days ago, reduced from €18 down to €10. Rioja is one of two wine regions in Spain classified as a DOCa. This is…… Continue reading Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Vina del Cura Rioja Reserva 2011 (Tesco €10 – Reduced from €18)

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Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz 2012 (SuperValu €13 – Reduced from €16.99)

If you like your wines full bodied and punchy grab a bottle or two of Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz this weekend from SuperValu for €13. Also known as Syrah in Europe, the Shiraz grape makes deep, powerful and full bodied wines and is synonymous with the Barossa Valley where it thrives. The lads at Barossa Valley…… Continue reading Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz 2012 (SuperValu €13 – Reduced from €16.99)