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How much are you really paying for your wine?

A cutting editorial this month from Decanter Editor Guy Woodward has prompted me to write a long overdue post on the real price of wine in Ireland. You’d think, at a time when many consumers are reining in their eating-out bill in favour of entertaining at home, that the supermarkets would see it as an …

New Zealand & its wine: Top 10 did-you-knows

So I’d heard all the hype. The majestic mountains, spectacular fiords, colossal glaciers, beautiful lakes, vast rainforests… and the rest! But nothing prepared me for what was to following in May of last year as I touched down in Christchurch. What ensued was five weeks of jaw-dropping encounters, whether it was with the landscape, the …

Woodstock: McLaren Vale’s world beating vintners

As the son of the late Doug Collett and proprietor of Woodstock Estate, award winning winemaker Scott Collett believes winemaking is simply a “matter of getting it right”. He indulges his passion in his work, while continuing the tradition started by his father over 30 years ago. Following in his father’s footsteps, Scott completed a …

Red Alert: Top 10 did-you-knows on Syrah/Shiraz.

It took a visit to Hunter valley in March 2008 to truly convert me to Aussie Shiraz. It’s big and it’s bold, but it doesn’t always have to be. It could be as elegant and easy drinking as a cup of warm milk. To celebrate our 10% off all heart warming Shiraz and Shiraz blends …

Wine Tasting: Wine Tales of the Unexpected, Friday 6th February 2009

For our first tasting of 2009, Charles Robb of Robb Brothers Wine Merchants will be in Cork to regale us with tales of the unexpected from his wine adventures around the world and, of course, let us sample some of his most curious and sumptuous finds. There will be an eclectic mix of Old and …

Curiously Romantic Valentine’s Day Contest

Valentine’s Day is one of those occasions you can sort of take for granted when you’re all loved up, but that makes you want to start shooting people – and not with cute little arrows – if you’re not. So in the interests of equal opportunity fun, we’re pleased to announce February’s Curiously Romantic Valentine’s …

Monthly Love: December

If we’re a little late with this month’s Monthly Love, it’s because we’re staggering under the sheer weight of all the fabulous things said about Curious Wines as 2008 closed out. December kicked off with a hell of a bang when Blake Creedon, one of the top wine writers in Ireland and an Irish Examiner …

January specials from Curious Wines

So a New Year, and new wines to try, and whether you’re a daily tippler or a weekend splasher I hope we’ve something of interest that you can try with a little less stretch on the wallet in January. We’re unapologetic Shiraz lovers, especially in winter. I just love the full flavours, typically black fruit, …

What’s the big swizz? Top 10 did-you-knows on Champagne

Along the lines that 73% of all statistics are made up, I’m going to make a brash guess that there’ll be as much Champagne drunk tonight around the world as the other 364 days of the year put together. So what’s the big swizz about the French fizz? It used to intrigue me why people …

Time to stop accepting bad wine

I was in two Cork hotels over the Christmas period for parties – the sit-down meals with crackers and hats varieties. In both, we indulged in some of the respective House Wines – you know, the stuff that smells of turps and takes the paint off skirting boards. No, wait a minute, I’m thinking of …