On Christmas day in our house, I try to keep the food traditional but as simple as possible, the wines need to be versatile and appeal to a diverse but demanding audience – my family. We would always start with bubbles and because its Christmas we would pour Charles Heidsieck Champagne as a treat - deliciously brioche in character, rounded and elegant it matches very well with pre-lunch snack...
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Our famous annual Fine Wine sale starts Monday 4th of December, the buying for which started this time last year believe it or not. Our objective when sourcing and selecting the wines is to offer a combination of iconic wines from exciting producers from the classic regions and to hunt down a few somewhat “off-piste” options that may not be as expensive as the classics but are sti...
With Thanksgiving being celebrated all across the USA this Thursday and around the world by the American diaspora, I thought we should take a look at some wines for serving at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
Of course, I know most of us won’t be celebrating with a Thanksgiving dinner, but I think it’s fair to assume that those of us who do will be sitting down to the tradit...
Visiting the Wines From Spain Trade Fair earlier this week, I was reminded of just how diverse and exciting the range of wines produced in Spain is. Also on show at the fair was a delicious selection of tapas, Iberico ham and other cured meats.
Given that Tapas is now one of Irelands’ favourite dining styles, I thought I would use this week’s blog to highlight some Spanish ...
There may still be plenty of sunshine about, but It is fair to say that autumn has now taken hold and as the leaves are falling and the evenings begin to draw in, our appetites tend to move towards richer, more robust dishes, the same goes for our wines, so I have chosen below a selection from our Annual Wine Sale, all which are suited to roasts, hearty casseroles and cosy evenings in...
When putting together the line-up for our Annual Wine Sale, we were certain that we were going with the strongest selection yet, nevertheless, it is great to have that confidence re-affirmed with a huge number of reviews in the Press, some of which I have picked out below.
Gérard Bertrand H de L’Hospitalet Sauvignon Blanc , €8.95 down from €14.95
“Good news for ...
Whites and Rosé wines grab a lot of the attention in summer, and even when reds are mentioned, often it will be a big spicy wine to pair up with a BBQ.
However, there is a wide range of lighter red wines which really come into their own when the sun is shining and some of them taste even better when lightly chilled.
I have picked out a few such wines below, all of which...
We were delighted to welcome the actor, presenter and writer Oz Clarke to Dublin last week. Author of Oz Clarke's Australian Wine Companion and renowned wine expert, we journeyed from the Australian wine industry going back one hundred years to its current day position.
We carefully explored and tasted the diverse and exciting wine styles of cutting edge modern Australia - fro...
By all accounts, we are due for a mini heat-wave this weekend, to help make the most of this warm spell while it lasts, there are lots of Summer treats available in your local O’Briens store.
Regular readers of the blog will know that, weather permitting, I never miss an opportunity to get the BBQ lit, and this weekend certainly be no different, but as this weather also s...
With a fairly good weather outlook ahead, I thought now would the perfect time to have a look at some simple guidelines on how best to pair wines with BBQ dishes successfully.
Above all, you should choose fresh, fruity, wines; zesty, citrusy whites, and bright, fruity reds and take care to avoid overly oaky wines either red or white and also avoid any red with heavy tannins.<...