Sancerre has been around for a long time as the Loire Valley was probably cultivated by the Romans and Sancerre is one its main appellations. Famously the home of Sauvignon Blanc, the vines are grown on a chalk soil which is similar to the soils of Champagne and Chablis. Located in the central vineyards of the Loire Valley, near the river, this chalk soil along with the hot summers and long col...
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After more than six months of buying trips, tastings and blending sessions, July is one of the most exciting times of the year because our new wines start to arrive. Some of these wines were only being conceived when the bunches were ripeningon the vines last autumn and some were planned over a year ago. To see them finally arrive on Irish shores, often for the first timecreatesa real ...
South African wines sometimes get a bit of a bashing in this country, things you hear about the wines are ‘harsh, alcoholic, burnt etc.’ and indeed some of the cheaper South African wines could hardly be described as attractive.
However the more serious estates have always made great wines, wines that win trophies all over the world and are widely considered among some of the most exci...
Two of the world’s biggest wine competitions released their winner’s lists this week and we are delighted to say that a bunch of O’Brien’s exclusive imports picked up medals including several gold.
Firstly one of the oldest and biggest; London based International Wine Challenge released its results and this saw four of our wines pick up gold.
Perennial achiever Gérard Bertra...
Today is the 4th International Sauvignon Blanc Day so it seems highly appropriate to have a good look at what this ultra-fashionable grape variety is capable of producing.
From its origins around the Gironde estuary (Bordeaux and its environs) and its long standing history as the chosen varietal of the upper Loire (Sancerre etc.) Sauvignon Blanc has blossomed into an international grape tha...
Navarra is one of Spain’s oldest and most unique wine regions. The vineyards here cover the foothills of the Pyrenees and benefit from a continental climate moderated by Atlantic influences. Here the practice of blending “noble grapes” such and Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with the native Tempranillo has formed the stylistic profile of Navarran wines. There are many good very estates here b...
Some terrific wines have landed from some of Italy’s hot spots this month and as the sun finally shakes off its winter manacles now is a good time to think about summer eating, i.e. al fresco dining and good food wines.
Italian wines by nature are designed for food and sitting outside eating fresh pasta served with char-grilled/barbecue chicken and salad washed down with a vibrant Ita...
Few winemakers in Italy have garnered the sort of acclaim, both nationally and internationally as winemaker extraordinaire Stefano Chioccioli. Stefano has worked for some of Italy’s best known and most renowned estates and brought their wines to the pinnacle of achievement in Italy; the award of Tre Bicchieri. More than 70 wines that have come from the hands of Stefano have earned this most cov...
When it comes to the grape there is no difference Shiraz was just what the early Australian wine pioneers called Syrah. However when it comes to wine there does seem to be a difference. Shiraz has become the adopted tag for producer making wine from this great red in the Australian model grape. It has come to represent big, rich, blackberried reds usually with a good lick of oak.
Wine of the Year: Château Fontaine Audon Sancerre 2011 (Irish Medical Times)
Great to see our favourite Sancerre has got the number one spot from Giovanni Morelli in the Irish Medical Times. We can’t exactly say that the “Doctor recommends” or “medically certified” but the nonetheless we are pretty happy to see Fontaine Audon top the list with Giovanni.