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  • How are things in California?

    California is steeped in grape growing history and winemaking know how, the first vines were planted in 1863 by Spanish missionaries. The Californian gold rush started in 1848 which increased and the numbers of people arriving in the state and the subsequent demand for the local wines increased.

    Today California has an impressive Sustainable Winegrowing Program. It has far reaching objectiv...

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    How are things in California?
  • Top tips for pairing with Turkey

    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...

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    Top tips for pairing with Turkey
  • Fireside treats for the Bank-Holiday weekend.

    As the long weekend stretches out in front of me, I am looking forward to a few days relaxing at home and a couple of family gatherings around the dinner table with some comforting autumnal meals. But one thing is certain, the fire will be lit and a glass or two of wine will be enjoyed.

    And at this time of year, with the clock going back, and the evenings drawing in, it’s tim...

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    Fireside treats for the Bank-Holiday weekend.
  • Stunning Whites in our Annual Wine Sale

    In my blog last week, I picked out a selection of reds from our annual wine sale, so it is only fit and proper that this week I should turn the spotlight on to some of the Stunning Whites included in the line-up.

    To start off, I have picked a Pinot Grigio From the Friuli region of Northeast Italy where Pinot Grigio tends to be richer and more complex.  Puiattino (€11.95 down...

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    Stunning Whites in our Annual Wine Sale
  • Award-Winning wines at O'Briens

    The results have recently been released for two of the wine world’s most prestigious competitions, and I am delighted to report that over forty of our exclusively imported wines picked up a regional trophy or a platinum, gold or silver medal, with many dozens more picking up bronze medals or commendations.

    The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is the world’s largest and mos...

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    Award-Winning wines at O'Briens
  • The new wines for July have landed

    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...

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    The new wines for July have landed
  • French Favourites

    Our French wine sale begins this Wednesday, May 10th and is running for two full weeks right through until Wednesday the 24th, so there can be no better time to pick up a few bottles of your favourite French wine or even to try something new.

    With over 300 wines covering a wide variety of wine styles, there's something here to suit everyone.

    To get you thinking, I ha...

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    French Favourites
  • Game On (But not for much longer!)

     

    With the open season for wild game birds drawing to a close at the end of the month, I thought now would be a good time to take a last look at some wine pairings, before these delicious seasonal delights disappear from our tables until the Autumn.

    The received wisdom dictates that I should be recommending well-aged bottles of fine red Burgundy and Northern Rhône Syrah, and w...

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    Game On (But not for much longer!)
  • A Taxing Issue

     

    Here in Ireland we have some of the highest rates of alcohol excise duty in the EU, and while I’m sure my colleagues in the beer and spirits departments will have plenty of issue with the excise rates being 2.5 times the European average, it is wine that is the most disproportionally taxed.

    At €3.19 per bottle, we are out on our own at the top of the table and pay more...

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    A Taxing Issue
  • Return of the Summer Whites

    With the June bank holiday this weekend and the weather playing its part, it looks like Summer is finally here, and that means we are more likely to be eating lighter foods, cold dishes and salads.

    In a wine, this means we should be looking for refreshment, crispness, and juiciness, also because quite often these dishes will tend to be dressed with vinaigrette rather than a sa...

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    Return of the Summer Whites

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