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The best Spaghetti Bolognese in the world, ever!

Ah, Spaghetti Bolognese. The quintessential student staple, and probably the dish most debated as to who’s got the best recipe. I know, because I’ve argued passionately myself. I’ve seen recipes with sun-ripened this, and Italian deli that. And don’t start me on the addition of carrots to the mix (sorry, that’s just wrong!). Yes, this …

Irish Red Wine: The Amurensis Walk 2006

Just before Christmas we had the great pleasure of a visit from Michael O’Callaghan of Vin de Longueville – Mallow-based wine-maker no less – with the 100% Irish red wine, Amurensis Walk 2006, from grapes grown in Kinsale, Co. Cork! The seven-acre Thomas Walk Vineyard has been experimenting with the Vitis Amurensis grape – a …

Dignité: Langeudoc’s Latent Potential Unleashed

Syrah du Monde is the world’s top competitions for assessing Syrah and aims to find wines showing the best Syrah varietal character. Organised by the Forum Oenologue, a panel of international judges assessed 384 wines from 23 countries, following strict judging conditions and criteria. In the 2008 awards, the Dignité Syrah 2005 received a silver …

Book Review: The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce

“Do take what I owe from these notes. And do remunerate yourselves for the trouble and inconvenience I may be causing you. Please convey my sincere apologies to my fellow guests for any disturbance. How much of this I actually managed to speak out loud, I do not know, but the notes were snatched from …

Pig Extravaganza: Curious Pork with Apples & Cider

This weekend is National Pork Weekend. So naturally our Curious Food post will have something to do with Winston Churchill’s favourite pet: “I like pigs. Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” Slow Food Ireland (click link and see under ‘January Events’), will be arranging national events …

Digital Media Awards Shortlist: Best Commercial Website

We were absolutely over the moon to get the news on Tuesday that Curious Wines has been shortlisted for a Digital Media Award in the Best Commercial Website category. Everyone here is confident that Curious is a great site with great products and can hold its own in the cut-throat world of online commerce, but …

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 …