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Wine lovers will be paying through the nose for a bottle of Chablis this year and next thanks to abysmal weather that has decimated the regional vineyards in France.
At long last, Skinny Prosecco has arrived in Ireland.
New Zealand has many fans in Ireland for its aromatic whites. But increasingly, we are venturing towards the dark side and discovering its savoury and food-friendly reds.
SuperValu wine expert and buyer Kevin O’Callaghan. SuperValu chooses five summer wines to tickle your fancy this summer.
10 strawberry-friendly drinks to serve up while watching Wimbledon
Traditionally, Sicily had a reputation as a producer of bulk wines - it was responsible for one sixth of Italy's entire wine output. However, as its fortified Marsala wines fell from fashion, the island turned to quality.
Albariño is the most highly regarded and consumed white wine in Spain. Grown near the Atlantic coast in the north-west Celtic region of Galicia, Albariño is a dry, light-bodied white wine with modest alcohol between 12pc and 13pc.
Pale and interesting is the theme for this blind taste test of Irish craft pale ales and lagers. A very fashionable ingredient they all have in common is hops. How a beer looks, smells, tastes and keeps is affected by hops.
Why is Germany's Riesling so cool for summer? While wet summers are not uncommon in northern Europe, Germany enjoys Indian summers whose sunny warmth into November helps the grapes do their main ripening in the autumn. This results in semi-ripe fruit which has two impacts on style.
Julie Dupouy represented Ireland at the World's Best Sommelier Competition in Argentina recently. More than 1,000 entrants from restaurants and wine-bars have taken part in the qualifying events. Held every three years, it has never been won by a woman. Tantalisingly, this year, Julie finished in third position and was awarded the bronze medal, the highest position of all the women contestants.
Gascony (Gascogne) in south west France is a celebrated foodie region for its rich meats, patés, prunes and Armagnac Brandy. A medley of different white grape varietals provide a range of dry wine styles to complement and keep pace with the gastronomic reputation.
Irish food tourism: there's three words that might have raised a giggle a mere decade ago. Today it's big news, as both our food scene and our tourism sector go from strength to strength. And local food tourism networks in some of Ireland's most beautiful corners are working hard to help visitors find a great feed.
Chenin Blanc was brought by Dutch settlers to South Africa in the 1680s. Originally, the Dutch distilled Chenin's wine to produce brandy, itself a word derived from old Dutch, brandewijn meaning "burnt wine".
The growth in craft beers globally is undeniable. While the reasons vary amongst the different countries, there is one consistent fact: there has never been a better time to enjoy the diversity and quality of craft beers. The two most popular styles amongst craft brewers are Pale...
For more than half a millennium, Andalucía's liquid treasures have been her golden coloured sherries. Located at the southern tip of Spain almost kissing Africa, Andalucía's semi-tropical climate and white chalk soil produces a most diverse range of white wines. They've been...
Family is at the heart of many Mediterranean countries, not least Spain. However, the nurturing of the young is not reserved for children alone. In northern Spain's Rioja region, the practice of aging a red wine for a minimum of a year and a half between barrel and bottle is called Crianza, the same term used to describe the raising of a family.
The white wines of Southern France's Rhône Valley have a gentle softness to their character and a lazy indulgence rather than seduction, more linen in texture than silk. The colour white defines the wines' style too - white lilies, jasmine, palest peaches and white currant...
Chardonnay, is one of the most versatile grape varieties and can reflect its immediate environment more than most others. When grown in cooler northern France's Loire, Chablis and Bourgogne regions, Chardonnay tastes of crisp and green apple fruits. While in the...
California has a great medley of grape varietals to experiment and play with. There is hardly a varietal on the planet that isn't being planted by someone somewhere in America's Golden State.
Cocktails seemed a suitable subject over breakfast. The conversation was given licence partly because it was at Ballymaloe House over their Literary Festival weekend and partly because my table companion was Desmond Payne, Master Distiller at Beefeater Gin.
Portuguese cuisine can be an eclectic mix ranging from the traditional salted fish stew to the exotic influence of former colonies in Asia and the Orient. A match to most ethnic dishes, salty or piquant are Portugal's white wines.
France's Mediterranean Pays d'Oc wines are the antidote to French bureaucracy. The rule book controlling the appellation for the Languedoc region is replaced by liberating experimentation and labelled Pays d'Oc.
Isolated 2,000km from its nearest neighbour, Australia, and exposed to the full brunt of the cooling trade winds, New Zealand's white wines have an added aromatic intensity. It is hard to believe that most of New Zealand's popular white wines were only planted a few decades ago.
Champagne, named after France's most northerly and coolest wine region, embodies the dramatic metamorphosis of an originally lean and acidic still wine into the microscopic fireworks display in a sparkling glass wand of tiny bubbles of light, pure magic.
Raise a toast this Christmas with one of these Gold Star winners at this year's National Off-Licence Association Awards 2015-2016 to match with the festivities. All are available at many independent off-licences nationwide, see all winners at noffla.ie.
The bottles below of the classic white and red wines from Italy are a shop window of some of Italy's most famous designer label regions.
It's hard to imagine the balmy Mediterranean region of France's Southern Rhône Valley ever being buried under a mountain of ice. Yet, millennia ago, the glaciers from the Swiss Alps had advanced through France to reach the Mediterranean Sea.
Shiraz in Australia reigns supreme as the definitive Australian red wine - and Penfolds' Grange is its ultimate iconic wine. Shiraz's opulent purple fruit character is reminiscent of blackberries, cherries, plums and sometimes a floral violet note.
Spain, the third largest producer of wine in the world, consistently delivers quality and good value. A clue to the reason for such delicious reliability is its table companion. Spanish food has earned high praise over the past 20 years for its accomplished delivery of taste, innovation and creativity.
Italy is home to over 1,000 different winemaking grape varietals. However, only 40 are of serious commercial importance. One of the most popular white wines is the undemanding and easy-going Pinot Grigio. Widely planted the length and breadth of Italy, each region has given its local accent to this wine.
Red wines from France's southern Rhône river valley differ from many other regions around the world. While some wines are made from a blend of two or three grape varieties, the reds of the Rhône can have up to 12 different varieties.
Gewürztraminer is one of the quirkiest of wines. A pink-skinned grape that lives up to its German christening of gewurz (spicy) ranging through the spice rack from ginger to cinnamon, clove or nutmeg. Gewürztraminer doesn't do subtlety and contrasts spice with exotic and aromatic ripe lychee fruitiness and a floral rose character.
Argentina's Andes mountainrange is the world's highest outside of Asia. It is hard to imagine that the mountain valleys around Mendoza city produce 85pc of the country's wine. It's an exceptional achievement, considering Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world.
Riven with indecision on what to drink - red or white? Then think pink. While rosé wines are made from black-skinned grapes, they are fermented more like a white wine and at cooler temperatures under 20°C and so are served cold. The attractive pale onion skin or salmon pink colour is created by leaving the fermenting grape juice in contact with the black skins for one to two days maximum to put a little...
In a 40-bottle blind taste test, here are the highest scoring winners.
Aromatic and dry white wines are well suited to the Irish weather where the monotony of sunny days never becomes a boring certainty. The fragrance of luscious ripe nectarines and freshly peeled grapes shared by varieties Viognier, Torrontés and Muscat helps bring the garden into the home whatever the weather.
Cider-making was the answer to wine in countries in northern Europe that were too cool to grow grapes but perfect for apple orchards - like Ireland.
The feminine appeal of Pinot Grigio has won over a wide following.
Douro is the name of the river that cleft and sculpted a steep meandering valley through mountains of granite before mingling with the Atlantic at Oporto. This UNESCO World Heritage site in northern Portugal is starkly and dramatically beautiful. Its hot-as-hell summers and bitingly bitter winters have ensured it is sparsely populated except for one noble inhabitant - the vine. The Douro DOC is the oldest...
Have you been transformed into a craft beer drinker yet? In an Ireland that's increasingly eschewing the old big-name reliables in favour of a tipple more tailored to each person's personal tastes, craft beer is not just a big trend but a big industry too. To find out more, I spoke to three of the country's craft brewers about what drives their brands.
Al fresco dining conjures up images of casual and carefree pleasure, enjoying food in the great outdoors, where the focus is on family and friends, while the drinks play a minor supporting role. Wines, beers, ciders, fruit juices and flavoured waters are all a good match for...
Rosés are a great summer chilling out wine. France's rosés have a refreshing red fruit character. Most are dry, often with a herbal or a mineral note. They are remarkably versatile with food because they are moderate-to-light in alcohol, with no oak ageing or tannins.
Argentina attracted over five million people from Europe between 1860 and 1930, developing a palate for the wine and gastronomic flavours of the settlers. A small sample of grape varieties from French immigrants are featured in this week's wine selection, including Italy's Bonarda and Spain's Tempranillo.
Viognier, pronounced Vee-on-yay, is fathomlessly fashionable and a more aromatic alternative to Chardonnay. However, less loved by the grape grower, it is a very challenging vine to cultivate.
Showing that there is more to South Africa than its signature red pinotage, a blind tasting of other red wines from the Cape mirrors South Africa's warm welcome of diversity and cultivars (grape varieties).
Father's Day falls next Sunday and, while a pair of socks is always a delightful present to get, it can also be nice to receive something to savour while you wear them. All the drinks below represent a wide range of prices which share one thing in common - fantastic quality. And there's even something for the gadget-obsessed dad too.
Austria (Österrich) is appealing to consumers' growing taste for a lighter style of dry wine; especially lovers of crisp, dry whites with no oak-barrel influence, just glacial purity in the style of Sauvignon Blanc, Chablis and Pinot Grigio.
Shiraz wine is like the best of friends - big-hearted, generous and comforting. Known as Syrah in its native France, Shiraz, the sun worshipping grape variety, has spread quickly throughout the hotter countries of the New World and is championed in Australia.
Pinot Grigio is one of those white wines that is currently red hot with wine drinkers. Essentially, undemanding and unpretentious. While originating from a variation of Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio is more of a pink-skinned grape than a black one. Consequently, Pinot Grigio can produce a Rosé wine as well as a white wine depending on whether or not there is any direct skin contact to colour the fermenting juice.
Matching drinks with barbecued food can be an art, a science or an intimidation depending on your attitude and on how the food is prepared. To do justice to both food and wine, balance is the key.