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Wine Tasting Thursday 7th May: Curious Recession Busters

Discover everyday drinking treasures with Curious Wines Recession Busters. In the third of our public tastings in Cork we’ll be showing a selection of our best value wines, designed for everyday drinking without breaking the bank. These are wines to match the supermarkets on price, but knock their pants off on taste! Places are limited …

Cloudy Bay but half the price?

Mention the name Cloudy Bay and you’re in the company of Bugati, Mont Blanc, Gucci and all such prized possessions around the world. It’s been the trailblazer for New Zealand and can claim buckets of credit for putting this tiny winemaking nation on the map. For many, Cloudy Bay is the first word in top …

The Rising Star of Rueda

Just as its national team awoke as a sleeping giant of international football last summer, Spain has its own sleeping giants in wine terms. Most famous for the red wines of Rioja or the bubbly Cava of Cataluña, Spain is showing internationally that it’s much more than just one or two superstars. For much of …

Easter Lent-Busters from Curious

With Easter just around the corner it’s now time to start planning the long weekend and, hopefully, a lent-busting, chocolate-laden, recession-forgetting big family hooley! If (heaven forbid!) you’ve abstained from wine for lent, you can now start thinking about leaping head-first off the wagon with some perfect wine matches for a slap-up Easter dinner. We’ve …

Bordeaux 2005: A vintage in demand

It’s with good reason that I find myself writing about Bordeaux, so soon after last weeks post on Gordon Ramsay’s choice wines from Chateau Bauduc. It has aroused some discussion among Curious customers, making it more obvious than ever before of how highly people rate wine of this appellation. And it’s the 2005 vintage that’s …

Golden Ticket: Curious Wines Fundraising Offer

Sadly, no, we’re not offering you the opportunity to invest in Curious Wines. What we are doing, however, is offering you a great raffle prize for your next fundraiser. What’s In It For You: Free prize! For your raffle! What’s not to love? Wine or vouchers, whichever works best for you. Raffle tickets to give …

Another Curious Irish Wine

The perfect post for Paddy’s Day is about another fine Irish wine. In January, Michael covered a story on the Amurensis Walk 2006 from the Thomas Walk Vineyard in Kinsale, Co. Cork. It was indeed a valiant attempt, but that said, it would not have stood up to those from established wine regions. This time …

Why Gordon Ramsay loves Château Bauduc

At the beginning of 2008, the head sommelier from Gordon Ramsay’s three Michelin star restaurant selected two of Château Bauduc’s red wines for the list at the group’s flagship restaurant. The winery’s Clos des Quinze from their Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux vineyard and Les Trois Hectares from three hectares of Merlot vines right next to …

Wine for Dummies: I’ll have a Chardonnay please

Ah, the infamous Chardonnay. The classy, sophisticated wine of the 90’s, made popular by those people who just didn’t know how to pronounce any other type of grape. “I’ll have a Chardonnay please.” Well, as it turned out, this uber-trendy group of beautiful intellectuals turned on their beloved Chardonnay in the post-90’s era, when the …

The Curious Case of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

OK, after me. Mon – tuh – pull – cha – noh. (Hold the ‘a’ in ‘cha’ for effect, and to convince everyone you’ve a true grasp of the lingo.) Now, dah – broots – oh. As Italy’s number one DOC export, it’s probably one of the most recognisable old world wines there is, but …