Wines for our Spanish Tasting tonight

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The following are the wines for our Rioja and Beyond Tasting tonight. The reds are in red and whites in green. We will post more on the some of our favourites tomorrow but if you fancy a few sips of delicious Spanish wines and your round wet and rainy Galway this evening call in.


  • Manium Crianza, Bierzo 2007


  • Herencia Altes Garnacha Blanca, Terra Alta 2010
  • Herencia Altes ‘Benufet’ Garanacha Blanca, Terra Alta 2010
  • Herencia Altes Garnacha, Terra Alta 2010
  • Herencia Altes Garnacha/Syrah, Terra Alta 2010
  • Lordina ‘Amphora’ Syrah/Garnacha, Emporda 2008


  • Diluvio Albarino, Rias Biaxas 2010  
  • Sin Palabras Albarino, Rias Biaxas 2010
  • Tempestad Godello, Valdorreas 2009
  • Terra do Gargalo Godello Treixidura, Monterrei 2010
  • Terra do Gargalo Mencía/Tempranillo, Monterrei 2010


  • Finca Remendio Verdejo 2010 


  • Hazaña Rioja Tinto 2010
  • Hazaña Rioja Crianza 2007  
  • Hazaña Rioja Reserva 2004   
  • Hazaña Rioja Reserva Especial 2003

Ribera del Duero

  • Cathar Joven Ribera del Duero 2010
  • Cathar Roble Ribera del Duero 2008
  • Cathar Crianza Ribera del Duero 2007 
  • Neo Sentido Ribera del Duero 2008
  • Cathar Reserva Ribera del Duero 2006


  • Eternum Viti Toro 2009
  • Los Colmillos Toro 2008

The wonderful little town of Apple Tree Flat

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Once upon a time, in a little town called Apple Tree Flat, there lived a humble winemaker. All over the world people toasted his wines, he had a Shiraz, a Merlot and Semillon Sauvignon. And even though they have never been there people keep returning to Apple Tree Flat. The End. So says the back label of the Logan Apple Tree Flat wines and we total agree the Sem/Sauv. has a lovely nose of lime and guava with a lovely crisp finish. The Merlot which is our favourite label the humble winemaker and his tractor has aromas of violets and mixed berries with blueberry and spice flavours. And the Shiraz has deep dark cheery and plum notes with flavours of dark cherry in the mouth. Each wine will leave you wanting more and more and returning time and again to Apple Tree Flat!!  Fin.

Bodegas Abanico Tasting Monday 27th February

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Evening with Rafael De Haan of Bodegas Abanico

Rafael De Haan of Bodegas Abanico will be tasting his wines

Monday 27th February 2012 from 6pm-8pm, in Thomas Woodberrys, Middle Street, Galway.

We will have all of Bodegas Abanico’s wines open on the evening from the Hazana Rioja, Cathar Ribera del Duero, Altes Terra Alta and their other ranges.

 Rafael started  in the wine trade in 2000. Upon moving to Barcelonain 2001, he saw the great potential in Spanish wine that was yet unrealised. He began learning as much as he could about the regions, grapes and people involved. In 2006 Rafael set-up Bodegas Abanico with his partner, Núria Altès.

About Bodegas Abanico

Since 2006 they have developed numerous wines from all overSpain, and continue to search out great wines, regions and projects to add to their range.  Bodegas Abanico looks to the native grape varieties and the incredible regional variety ofSpainto keep their portfolio diverse and interesting. They partner talented winemakers capable of expressing this extraordinary diversity and delivering the authentic character of place and variety.

Spain is blessed with a host of unique grape varieties, the most famous variety is Tempranillo and this is well represented in by their wines from Ribera del Duero; Cathar and Rioja; Hazana. Recently, they have incorporated some fascinating varieties from the North West of Spain: Godello from Valdeorras; Tempestad, Albariño from Rias Baixas; Diluvio and Mencia from Bierzo; Manium. These increasingly fashionable varieties offer the consumer a fascinating tour of wine traditions and tastes from all these regions.

A little birdie told me the Logan wines had arrived!

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 Peter Logan personifies the new wave of winemakers from the Central Ranges of NSW who are pioneering and forging ahead with interesting varieties from Orange and Mudgee. The Weemala range, which is made up of 3 reds and 3 whites displays what both Peter and Orange and Mudgee have to offer. Weemala is an aboriginal word for ‘good view’ and the name of Logan’s vineyard in the Central Ranges of NSW. As the birds that live there and appear on the Weemala labels can testify, it does have a bloody good view.

Logan wines is the Mudgee based operation of former Sydney Process Chemist Peter Logan and his wife Hannah, producing wines from both Mudgee and Orange fruit in a range of styles. Logan wines was first setup in 1997 and has evolved steady over the years, with a stylish new cellar door setup on the highway into Mudgee only recently. Peter Logan had two ambitions, to make great wine and great cheese. To be honest we are pleased he concentrated on the former because his wines are imbued with character and delicacy. The Logan brand has cleverly put Mudgee back on the map by producing a wide range of wines that over deliver on value and flavour.

We highly recommend his Weemala Pinot Gris; white gold in colour, and has aromas of fresh pear, orange and honeysuckle with white peach and nougat flavours before a long lemony finish, or the juicy Weemala Merlot; aromas of black olive, violets and woody herbs with a full palate of plum, dark berries and dark chocolate and a long dry finish.

Portuguese Wine has their time arrived?

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We think there time is now, as you regular followers of the blog will know we have recently began importing a selection of wines from the Douro region in northern Portugal and we are currently running a promotion on these wines.

Portugal’s wine industry seems to be evolving steadily. Modern winemaking techniques are helping committed wine growers fulfil the potential of the diverse terroirs and grape varieties that Portugal enjoys, and each year new wines are being released that are pushing back the quality boundaries.

A decade ago, you’d have had a task finding more than half a dozen fine table wines from Portugal that could really compete on the international stage.  Be in no doubt, the majority of Portugal’s wine production is pretty ordinary (as with most countries), and there is still too much poor winemaking and viticulture. Having said this, I’m confident that the wines listed here are serious good and would do very well against wines from anywhere else that are rated highly.

Burgundy 2009 20% Off Select Parcel

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Ever want to own a wine that you had to keep awhile before it was ready to drink at its best? Well if the answer is yes read on, if not, there are plenty of great wines out there for you. We have recently gotten our hands on some red burgundy from the excellent 2009 vintage these wines have been described as”sexy”, “charming” and “graceful”. All these are true – 2009 is an abundant,  crowd-pleasing  vintage for early- to medium-term drinking with plenty of delicious  chardonnay and seductive pinot noir. Winemaker Pierre    Vincent of Domaine de la Vougeraie has said for him 2009 was the best vintage since he started work, with the Domaine. We have some of their top wines on promotion at the moment a limited parcel of wine at 20% OFF.

The Domaine de La Vougeraie was created from the union of several  estates acquired over the years together with the Boisset family’s first  vineyards, all brought under a single banner as the symbol of a single  philosophy: A certain idea of excellence. With nearly 40 hectares of vineyard in 30 different appellations, including six grand crus, this is one of Burgundy’s leading domaines. The premier and grand cru vineyards are all farmed biodynamically with carefully limited yields.  The cellar is decked out with new or renovated wooden  fermentation vats, a state of the art sorting table and a new model of  the old fashioned vertical press which is thought to be the best option  for red wines.

Check out the wines on offer here.


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