Recommendations · Wine

Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Alta Mora Etna Bianco 2015 (O’Brien’s €21.95)

With literally thousands of indigenous varieties of grapes to make wine from, Italy has an embarrassment of riches in their vineyards. One of the areas re-establishing its name is Sicily. The island has a variety of not just grapes, but also soils and general terroir to choose from. Being so far south can have the…… Continue reading Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Alta Mora Etna Bianco 2015 (O’Brien’s €21.95)

Recommendations · Wine

Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Ilauri Avalos Pecorino Colline Pescaresi 2015 (Blackrock Cellar Reduced to €16.95 from €18.95)

This week’s wine recommendation is a lovely Pecorino I picked up in Blackrock Cellar, which was on special offer. I was passing through Blackrock High Street and though I would pop into Blackrock Cellar as I’d read a lot of great things about their selection and customer service. I asked for a recommendation from one…… Continue reading Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Ilauri Avalos Pecorino Colline Pescaresi 2015 (Blackrock Cellar Reduced to €16.95 from €18.95)

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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)

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Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Armas de Guerra Godello 2015 (SuperValu €12.99)

The north west of Spain already has it’s champion grape in the form of the fashionable Albariño from the Rias Baixas region. There is a lot more to this area though and Godello is a grape that has been trying to make it’s breakthrough in Ireland for a few years now. I first heard of…… Continue reading Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Armas de Guerra Godello 2015 (SuperValu €12.99)

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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 Regions

A Brave New World

So, you’ve been out in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) for a couple of weeks and the only thing to drink is beer, and not even good beer at that. A glass of chilled wine would go down beautifully on a 29°C day, but it’s not something that is easily found in this part of the world.…… Continue reading A Brave New World

Sparkling Wine · Wine

All That Sparkles

It’s that time of year again. Family arguments, unwanted gifts and it being somehow acceptable to have a glass of something sparkling and alcoholic at 11am in the morning. And at some point over the next few weeks we will all be sipping a glass of something fizzy. Even if you don’t like the stuff, you’ll…… Continue reading All That Sparkles