The Struggle Continues in The Shadow of The World Cup – South African Wines

The sight of Brazilian footballers playing North Korea was almost as intriguing as the fact that the Brazilians were wearing layer upon layer of clothing for their opening night time game of this year’s South African World Cup. They were freezing, the crowd was freezing and as a light rain began to fall, the atmosphere resembled a mid winter match in Dublin. If we learn … Continue reading The Struggle Continues in The Shadow of The World Cup – South African Wines

Chile’s The Irish Wine Heritage – A Sligo and Tyrone Wine Story

For the last month, Chilean winemakers and winery owners have been streaming into Ireland, but without doubt the biggest splash was made when Chilean Ambassador, Cecilia McKenna and Jose Yuraszeck, the owner of Vina Undurraga hosted a major wine launch at a Chilean food fair in Fire Restaurant at the Mansion House in Dublin. The reason for the Irish launch of a Chilean wine is … Continue reading Chile’s The Irish Wine Heritage – A Sligo and Tyrone Wine Story

From Coast To Coast – The O’Briens Wines story marches on / The state of the Irish wine art

The O’Briens Wine group last month opened it 28th store in Ireland, this latest one in Galway bringing the group coast to coast coverage of Ireland and cementing its position as Ireland’s largest independent wine, beer and spirit retailer. More than mere figures however, O’Briens Wines has acted as the cornerstone of new era of wine interest that has evolved over the last 20 years … Continue reading From Coast To Coast – The O’Briens Wines story marches on / The state of the Irish wine art

The Wine Web 2.0, or The Curious Case of The Cork Wine Web

New technology is often oversold as an engine of revolutionary change. This is usually a combination of marketing and perhaps honest but enormously un-objective hope by the inventors. One of the worst let downs of recent times was the near hysterical hype that surrounded the X device, which was its makers said going to revolutionise the ways humans lived and build cities. Cities would be … Continue reading The Wine Web 2.0, or The Curious Case of The Cork Wine Web

Land Of The Free, Home Of The Vine – Vines On Plymouth Rock

In the USA is the largest and most important national Holiday of the Year, its not Independence Day or Christmas, it is Thanksgiving Day. It is almost impossible for us or any Europeans to understand the effort, the ritual and the emotional weight of Thanksgiving. These days it is not merely a day of celebration, it is a whole festival, a long weekend of family, … Continue reading Land Of The Free, Home Of The Vine – Vines On Plymouth Rock

Sour Grapes : How Snobbery is Killing Sweet wine

When we are children, good things are fairly easy to spot and to agree upon. If something is hilarious and makes us laugh, it is generally agreed to be a Good Thing. Tom and Jerry, Dustin, Basil Brush, Toy Story, iCarly or Peppa Pig; Winnie the Pooh or Artemis Fowl, depending on your vintage. Food and drink are early vehicles for breaking up that childhood … Continue reading Sour Grapes : How Snobbery is Killing Sweet wine

The Spirits Of Ireland – Whiskey Thoughts

Perhaps the most exciting event in Irish distilling for a quarter of a century is set to occur next year. Whiskey from and distilled at the 250 year old Kilbeggan Distillery is set to flow again. The distillery was re-ignited formally on the 19th of March 2007, so since the Whiskey Act 1980 stipulates that Irish Whiskey cannot be sold until they have spent not … Continue reading The Spirits Of Ireland – Whiskey Thoughts

Sunday Business Post Annual Gold Star Awards 2009

The Irish wine trade has shown just how resilient it can be over the last 12 months. While the car sales have fallen off a cliff, down some 60%, house sales have effectively stopped and builder and developers have become an endangered species, wine shops have been opening up, or expanding in size, employing more people and offering even more choice than this time last … Continue reading Sunday Business Post Annual Gold Star Awards 2009

2010 : The Wine Future Starts Here

2010 : The Future Starts Here Two things strikes me as we move into the second decade of the 21st century, firstly like the years from 2000 to 2009, we are still not in a decade that has a bona fide name, the twenties and thirties are our first named decades, so if you thought the noughties was an irritating name, then how about the … Continue reading 2010 : The Wine Future Starts Here

Terroir or Dirt, Saints and Stylists / How Australia’s First Saint,

Two weeks old and already the gloves are off in the world of wine in 2010. In Australia a very interesting series of battles over vineyard lands are just cranking up, partly caused by the prospect later this year of the canonisation of Australia’s first ever saint. On 19th of March 1866, Mary Helen MacKillop founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart … Continue reading Terroir or Dirt, Saints and Stylists / How Australia’s First Saint,