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New Red Spot Whiskey

Dublin Whiskey Bonding Tradition Honoured With New Red Spot Whiskey

Irish Distillers have unveiled a new Red Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey to honour Dublin’s Whiskey Bonding Tradition. This new member of the Spot Whiskey range is created from a unique recipe that has been handed down by the Mitchell & Son family of wine merchants, who were the creators of the original Spot …

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Bank Holiday Sale

O’Briens is Having a Bank Holiday Sale Just in Time for the Weekend

The Bank Holiday is right around the corner, and no doubt lots of us will be stocking up on some terrific tipples to enjoy over the long weekend. O’Briens is the perfect one-stop shop for all your beverage needs, from wonderful wines to sensational spirits, they have it all in their Bank Holiday Sale. Wine lovers will …

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Biodynamic Wines

Explore The Organic And Biodynamic Wines of Gérard Bertrand at This Fantastic French Masterclass

Fancy spending an evening sipping French wine and learning all about the fascinating world of organic French wines? If so, O’Briens are hosting an Organic Wine Masterclass featuring the award-winning organic and biodynamic wines of Gérard Bertrand. Taking place on Thursday the 18th of October at 7.30pm, guests are invited for an entertaining evening exploring the wines …

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This Gorgeous Chardonnay is the Perfect Treat for Fans of Rich and Buttery Whites

This Gorgeous Chardonnay is the Perfect Treat for Fans of Rich and Buttery Whites

Chardonnay’s spirit animal is the chameleon. The variety can go from crisp and fresh to rich and creamy whites (and of course, it’s the backbone of many a Champagne and other world-class bubbly!) and unlike some grapes that might only perform in their comfort terroirs, Chardo can offer high quality in many different regions and adapts to …

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A French Wine Made by An Irish Woman to Enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day

The list of Irish people who’ve left their mark in wineries across the world is long and filled with successful stories. Often referred to as the Wine Geese, these adventurous merchants and winemakers are not just memories of the past as nowadays the dream of leaving the Emerald Isle to craft wines in different regions …

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This Fresh and Friendly Chenin Blanc Is the White Wine you Need to Try this Week

This Fresh and Friendly Chenin Blanc Is the White Wine you Need to Try this Week

If white wine grapes were musicians, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc would be world-famous pop-stars and Riesling would rock at steely guitar solos in a band. In that universe, Chenin Blanc would be an indie singer-songwriter with a hipster look and a harmonica, I think of it as the Alanis Morissette of wine; popular enough to …

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Porta 6 Reserva 2015 - Wine of the Week from O'Briens

A Rich and Comforting Red to Bring Some Portuguese Warmth to this Chilly Week

Just when the first hiking and foraging events of the year start to pop on my Facebook timeline, news of the “Beast from the East” encourage me to reconsider the wonders of indoors life. This meteorological Yeti’s surprise visit has also pushed me to frantically search for a last minute escape to sunny Portugal. Porta …

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A Crowd Pleasing and Versatile Aussie for Lovers of Fresh and Crisp Sauv Blancs

This week we’ve not one or two but three major occasions to celebrate and they are all quite different from one another: On the 13th, Pancake Tuesday, those with a sweet tooth have a legit reason to indulge in as many pancakes as they can handle; then on the 14th, love takes the spotlight for …

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This Vibrant Spanish Red is the Perfect Companion to a Meat and Cheese Board

Sometimes a wine is all about showcasing a variety’s character, sometimes the spotlight goes to a specific plot of land that (some will argue) is the main responsible for its uniqueness. On other occasions, it will be the realisation of a vision. This triangle of raw material, provenance and human intervention overlaps, and when the …

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This Classic California Cab Sauv is the Best Way to Kiss Dry January Goodbye

This week, we’re thinking about our friends in North America as they’re celebrating two very different traditions: on Friday 2nd of February, there’s Groundhog Day, a date in which the namesake animal helps predict either the arrival of spring or six more weeks of winter; then on Sunday 4th, there’s the Super Bowl Final, a …

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A Zesty and Affordable French White Wine to Enjoy with Lighter Dishes

Winter warmers here, winter warmers there and no matter how tantastic and full bodied the red in your glass, it’s still freezing out there. So, let’s try a different approach this week and go for a fresh and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc, after all, there is only so much stew one can actually cook, and having a versatile …

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A Great Value Chardonnay that Shows an Unexpected Side of Argentina

A Great Value Chardonnay that Shows an Unexpected Side of Argentina

There are plenty of things that quickly come to mind when you think about Argentina: Tango, barbecue, football and Malbec, to name a few. But if you dig a bit deeper, less known but equally interesting facts about the South American country appear: Argentinians are among the biggest radio listeners in the world, it was …

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A Heart Warming Red to Bring some South of France Sunshine to your Winter

A Heart Warming Red to Bring some South of France Sunshine to your Winter

January progresses with the speed of a sloth and with short days and cold nights, it is really up to us to make our own sunshine. Turning to a warmer latitude for our wine of the week, how about a winter warmer from the South of France to bring some joie de vivre into our lives? L’ Ostal …

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A Velvety Syrah at a Great Value to Treat your Palate without Breaking the Bank

A Velvety Syrah at a Great Value to Treat your Palate without Breaking the Bank

Chile’s most popular variety might be Cabernet Sauvignon, but the country is by no means a wine trick pony. In fact, with its numerous microclimates and innovative winemakers, the Andean country seems to have a terroir to suit almost any grape and one that particularly thrives is Syrah. Viña Chocalan Origen Gran Reserva Syrah 2015 is a …

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Bring the Bordeaux! A Classic at Great Value to Crack Open this Christmas

Traditions maketh Christmas. While I’m all up for winexperimenting all year round, enjoying the comforting familiarity of the food and drinks you cherish and the people you love is what makes the occasion special. Bordeaux is a region favoured this time of the year, not just because of its solid and prestigious reputation but because of …

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A Beautiful Burgundy to Treat yourself or Surprise a Wine Lover this Week

When in doubt, Burgundy. Whether it’s a treat for yourself or a present to make a wine lover smile, you can’t go wrong with a bottle from one of the world’s most prestigious wine regions. Pouilly-Fuissé is an appellation located in the Macconais subregion, from the southern side of the Burgundy, where warmer temperatures help Chardonnay …

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A Crisp and Elegant Austrian Wine for Lovers of Fresh and Floral Whites

A Crisp and Elegant Austrian Wine for Lovers of Fresh and Floral Whites

If you’re a white wine drinker, chances are the moment leaves start to fall you feel a bit left out as it’s all about the winter warmers and the tantastic full bodied reds to sip slowly. There something to be said for whites of refined freshness, that just like winter jasmine, will bring delicate elegance to a wintry …

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