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Chocoholic Pinotage

  The South African signature grape – Pinotage. A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. The idea was to create a grape with beautiful Pinot flavour whilst making it hardy and fast growing like Cinsault (hermitage) as it’s known in South Africa hence the… Read More

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Groiss Gruner Veltliner 

Producer: Ingrid Groiss  Groiss Gruner Veltliner   Green apples and peaches on the nose. On tasting there’s a slight spritz in the wine and my mouth is watering with tangy juicy fruits of pineapple and steely citrus, some saltiness with chalk and nut elements. Sherbet… Read More

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The Ginger Man

As if any Dublin pub needs to be promoted in the run up to St. Patrick’s day, but here’s one that I had to mention just because it’s a little bit different. The Ginger Man on Fenian Street is a traditional Irish bar with a… Read More

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The Pembroke

Not that I don’t love Dublin, because I do, I really and truly do. But it was another grey, cold, windy, rainy day and dreariness had set in. Have you ever felt, when you’re walking in Dublin city that you instantly need to be somewhere… Read More

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Portuguese Pair

Try not to overlook or underestimate Portuguese wine. These two beauties were bought in Sweeneys off licence in Glasnevin. Priced at €16/15. Lasso: from Lisboa. Touriga Nacional is the grape variety. Appropriate orange like fruit aromas for the season. Some floral and herbaceous notes underneath.… Read More

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Rhône It

It was Rhône Wine Week earlier this month and the big Rhône tasting was held in the gorgeous Ely wine bar. So many gorgeous wines to try with so many producers and importers. The team behind this event is Tyrrell & Co. Ltd. You can… Read More