Happy Thursday or Thanksgiving to The Yanks

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  Today is Thanksgiving for us non-Americans.

When I initially decided to do this post I was gonna do one on Turkey and Pinot Noir or Chardonnay which are  popular choices.  However my early morning customers from the US have convinced me to do it on an alternative to Chardonnay and Pinot, Petite Sirah. Now for some years we have had a good many folks recommending Shiraz with Turkey but Petite Sirah was a new one on me. Petite Sirah tends to be anything but Petite it is generally a big strong meaty wine with wonderful spice, plum, raspberry and blackberry flavours. But it certainly will stand up to a roast turkey Dinner with all the trappings! Happy Thursday or Thanksgiving to all!!!


Wine Fair Reminder

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 Just a quick reminder that our annual wine fair is on this Sunday, the 28th of November in the G Hotel. Festivities kick of at 2pm with over a 100 wines on display your certain to catch sight of a fair few ‘legs’, that is the colourless streams that run down the edge of your glass after you swirl the wine around. Entrance is €10 with all proceeds going to Charity. Tickets can be gotten in the Shop or on the door on the day. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Say Hello to Moscadello

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Forget Moscato D’asti, this is the wine to have this christmas, Il Poggione’s Moscadello di Montalcino. Despite being much, much less famous than the great Brunellos that are produced in Montalcino, Moscadello is considered the oldest wine of Montalcino with the famous Italian poet Francesco Redi (d.1697) praise it in his poem ‘Bacchus in Tuscany’. The wine is a fabulous fruity and slightly sweet with a gentle soft fizz. It is the perfect companion to creamy deserts and pastries that well all be enjoying over the Christmas period. What makes this wine so special is that Il Poggione are the only producer to make their moscadello in this style!!

Another great Alternative


Way back in June of last year we posted a blog on 3 great alternatives to Rioja reds, with all the interest in Spanish wine of late, and to honour their World Cup winning team some of whom have decided to get into the wine making business, take a bow Mr. Andres Iniesta, not content with scoring the winner in the World Cup Final he has decide winemaking is for him. If he makes wine half as good as he plays football we’re in for a treat!

But in the meantime I suggest trying wine from the Bierzo region in North Western Spain. The reds in this area are produced from the local variety Mencia. Most wines produced from Mencia are lighter in body than those from Rioja or Tempranillo, they have a fragrant nose red and dark fruits and floral notes with touches of mocha and chocolate and spice from oak aging. The palates are fruity with notes of blackberries, Cassis and dash of violets, the wines tend to have a touch more acidity than tempranillo, and wonderful red fruit flavours. Think of this wine as the Pinot Noir of Spain!! 

The Other Other White Grape

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We all know the gentleman to the left, is fond of the other other white meat. But over the week we were discussing the other other white wine, Riesling. It was a pretty strange weekend in that in the shop and at a wine fair we attended there was such interest in this much ignored grape.


New World Riesling tend to be more approachable than their Old world cousins the main reason for this is not surprisingly the ease at which you can understand the labels. Also many German rieslings can be on the sweeter side and the labels for german rieslings are quite informative (if you speak Geraman), but can look quite squashed. The french classics from Alsace tend not to have the fuller fruity flavours of the Aussie and Kiwi Riesling and this can be off-putting for beginners as the wines are less approachable when younger. But it is a grape that needs to be tried, like poor old chardonnay it has been ignored of late and its time to start the revolution!!!

Viva La Riesling!!!


Bits of Cork in my wine Yuk!!


Corked wine, or cork taint is a fault that afflicts wine, and despite popular belief has nothing to do with bits of cork floating in your glass. Cork taint can be caused by a heap of factors not just the cork  including wooden barrels, storage conditions. But the poor cork is generally held to be spoiler of wine.  An important thing to note is that cork taint can affect wines irrespective of price and quality level.

Now the sciencey bit, cork taint is caused by 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA) in the wine.  Corked wine with TCA has a nasty  non winey smells like moldy paper, wet dog, damp cloth or carpet. And the flavours in the mouth are just unappealing and disgusting!

Improvements in cork and winemaking mean lower numbers of bottles with cork taint.  Screw caps and synthetic corks  have also helped in lowering the amount of bottles with TCA.

Blown Away

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Hopefully none of our intrepid readers got blown away in the recent Hurricane that hit us over the weekend!! The title is not only an homage to our recent blustery day but also what will happen when you try our new Blue Cutting Road Shiraz from O’Leary Walker.

This is the wine you’ll want in the house in case another Hurricane blows through and you get trapped. The name of the wine pays tribute to a road that was hand dug by Polish Settlers in the Clare Valley in the late 1800’s. Not only does the road remain a working bush-trail in the summer months but it also dissects to vineyards where the fruit for the Blue Cutting Road wines come from. The Shiraz is typical Clare valley brimming with aromas of spice red liquorice, blackberry, plums and a hint of eucalyptus. The Palate is mouthfilling with luscious dark fruit flavours and hints of spice.

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