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Unapologetic Christmas Wine Indulgence

So after the excitement of Santa visiting – evidenced on Christmas morning by an empty port glass by the fireplace and our eldest two’s eyes like side-plates – it was all hands on deck for the traditional glutton-fest of Christmas dinner. I’ve always been a wine-with-food person so the day’s wine menu had been planned …

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Curious Wines

Our blog posts have been quiet the last week, and understandably so. It’s been an encouraging month for one of Ireland’s latest entrants into the online retail scene. With online orders taking an upsurge and our warehouse in Bandon becoming the talk of the town, Curious Wines is really starting to make a name for …

Curious Christmas Pudding

Save your cheesecake and Banoffee pies ’til St. Stephen’s Day. This heavenly dessert is best enjoyed on Christmas Day with Keith Tulloch’s critically acclaimed Botrytis Semillon. Christmas Pudding Makes 4 small puddings, which serve about 4-5 each ½ lb / 225g beef suet 4oz / 115g breadcrumbs 8oz / 225g raisins 12oz / 340g sultanas …

Lunar Organic the next craze?

Try to imagine a long line. At one end is full-on, industrial wine making with fertilisers, fungicides and satellite images of carbon dioxide uptake rates. Yes, that’s right, the €5.99 slush on offer in the supermarket and kind of tastes like the wine you had last week. As you move along you find those who …

Two Glasses of Wine

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 glasses of wine… A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very …

The Golden Star of Rias Baixas: Valdamor Albarino 2007

Education is a big part of our identity. With this slender Spaniard we hope to encourage a few to experiment a little. If you’re into your whites (or want to get into them) and are willing to try something other than another Chardonnay or Sauvignon, the Valdamor Albarino (2007) is sure to convert you, and …

Curious Moroccan Lamb Tagine

From the creator of Curryous Curries comes this exquisite Moroccan dish, which is perfect with our Vouvray Demi Sec. An easy dish to prepare (given a bit of time of course), it brings the aromas and flavours of this beautiful country right into your kitchen. Forget the restaurant, become the restaurant. Moroccan Lamb Tagine Serves …

Curious party blows a fuse

Set to take Bandon, Cork and Ireland by storm, the Curious party had been meticulously planned to perfection. The heat lamps were set, the food was plated and the wine was waiting to be opened. Half an hour before our first guests arrived we were plunged into darkness. Panic set in. Should we get our …

Do you love, I mean really love, your corkscrew?

About ten years ago my wife was given a Pulltap’s waiter’s friend corkscrew by an old college friend who’d just started with one of the big drinks companies in Dublin. For the uninitiated, the waiter’s friend is so-called because it is, definitively, the choice of professional waiters – (a) because they’re small and fit in …

Hair Off the Dog Recovery Pack Contest

Despite the very best of intentions and previous vows to never go there again, we have a sneaking suspicion one or two of our more loyal newsletter readers may be be feeling a tad sore in the head and altogether sorry for themselves by the time Christmas and New Year are over. To that end, …