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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 …

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 …