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October 2016

The Effort Behind Effortless Luxury: Joost Heymeijer on Emirates' Wines

The Effort Behind Effortless Luxury: Joost Heymeijer on Emirates’ Wines

“I serve over one hundred million meals a year”, Joost Heymeijer, Senior Vice President of Emirates Inflight Catering tells us over the phone from Dubai. And,  while he might not be on the plane placing the dish in front of a passenger, he still uses the first person, such is his passion for the food and wine that is […]

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Exploring the Underrated Wines of Portugal: Douro and Dão

Exploring the Underrated Wines of Portugal: Douro and Dão

There are many interesting wine regions to explore in the remarkably diverse country of Portugal. Among them, in the north, we find Douro, Dão and Bairrada, and in central and south Portugal are Alentejo, Ribatejo and Estremadura. This enchanting country, famed for its endless Atlantic coastline, historic-yet-cosmopolitan cities, and dramatic rugged landscapes, has much to

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Caprice Café, Galway Goes PINK for Breast Cancer Research

Caprice Café in Galway Goes PINK for Breast Cancer Research

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and at Caprice Café in Galway, they are supporting the work of the Breast Cancer Research team based at NUI Galway by helping them rise much needed funds for the charity. Caprice Café will donate 100% for the price of their Pink Coffee to Breast Cancer Research during October as well as €1 from

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Broadcasting Legend Des Cahill to MC First National Seafood Awards

Broadcasting Legend Des Cahill to MC First National Seafood Awards

Des Cahill, Irish sports broadcasting legend, will MC the first ever National Seafood Awards in Dublin on 17th November 2016. The event is hosted by (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, an it is a celebration of Ireland’s €1 billion seafood sector. The Excellence in entries from the fishing, fish farming, seafood processing and retail sectors will be recognised by

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An Irish Knight for Belgium’s Brews Belgian Beer Weekend 2016, Belgian Brewers

An Irish Knight for Belgium’s Brews Shares Great News and Wonderful Belgian Beers

Belgian Brewers is one of the oldest professional associations in the world. Their Guild of Brewers – The Knighthood of the Brewers’ Paddle welcomed the first Irish person in its ancient history to join the Knighthood, Dean McGuinness. Included in the new Knights was the American Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium.  I attended the

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Pablo Calatayud from Celler del Roure on the Purity of Ancient Wines

Pablo Calatayud from Celler del Roure on the Purity of Ancient Wines

Yesterday 4th of October, during the Wines from Spain Fair at The Shelbourne Hotel, we had the opportunity of meeting Pablo Calatayud, Agricultural Engineer and owner of Celler del Roure, a boutique bodega in Valencia, where he makes what he refers to as “ancient wines” (Vinos Antiguos). He sumarised the masterclass he was invited to

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