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SuperValu French Wine Sale Is Now On, Nationwide Until September 26th.

France is the second largest producer of wine in the world, producing up to 8 billion bottles per year. SuperValu sold an impressive 2.5 million of those bottles in the last 12 months in Ireland, proving that the home of Languedoc, Bordeaux and Burgundy still dominates wine consumption in Ireland.   In curating the wines …

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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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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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Three Wines for the Weekend to Transition from Winter Warmers into Spring Treats

Three Wines to Transition from Winter Warmers into Spring Treats this Weekend

We’re finally en route to spring, and as the days become a little bit longer and brighter the time has come for a flavourful transition from winter warmers to the type of versatile tipples enjoyable rain or shine. Below, three wines for the weekend that are in that sweet happy medium between comforting richness and refreshing …

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Three Winter Warmer Wines for the Weekend that Are Currently on Sale

Three Winter Warmer Wines for this Weekend that Are Currently on Sale

Take walk around any shopping street and you’ll see the red signs luring you into retailers’ January sales. This, being the week before the first payday of the year, is not one to go on a blowout, but you can still treat yourself if you know where to look. O’Briens Wine has just announced their …

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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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Three Great Wines Under a Tenner for a Budget-Friendly January Weekend

Three Great Wines For a Tenner or Less for a Budget-Friendly January Weekend

If you’re gonna break dry January, at least don’t break the bank too. We are all trying to be a bit more frugal this month, but since we can’t just hibernate our way to spring, we might as well try to find joy in more affordable pleasures. Below, three wines for a tenner or less …

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Three Unexpected Wines for the Weekend to Surprise your Taste buds and your Guests

Three Unexpected Wines to Surprise your Taste buds and your Guests this Weekend

Time flies and December seems to accelerate as we get close to the last little door in our advent calendars. The rushing, the shopping, the office Christmas party and the upped social life are all fun, but it is also lovely to take a moment to simply relax, sit back and enjoy a glass of wine in …

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Three Wines to Embrace the Festive Mood this Weekend

Three Wines to Embrace the Festive Mood this Weekend

As the countdown to Christmas progresses, the wine scene in Dublin becomes more and more vibrant. The highly anticipated O’Briens Winter Wine Festival took place last weekend and yesterday Dublin joined the celebrations for Beaujolais Nouveau Day, which is celebrated on the third Thursday of July every year. Besides the big events, this week I …

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A Different Shade of Chile for Wine Lovers with a Thirst for Gentler Reds

Have you jumped in the winter bandwagon yet? It’s easy if you like big, rich, tantastic reds. But if the idea of having the wine equivalent of a quarterback tackling your taste buds sounds more like a “no thanks” than a “yes please” for you, perhaps you’d rather a lighter wine with an edge. De Martino Gallardía …

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Three Bottles to Wine Down this Weekend

Netflix and Chilled Chablis – Our Three Top Wine Picks for this Weekend

As autumn settles in, the amount of wine events and tastings going on in Dublin multiplies. This week we’ve had the opportunity to taste wines from some of Dublin’s top retailers and independent importers and we have have gathered a trio of recommendations that will surely go down a treat this weekend. Chablis Grand Vin …

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Amancaya 2013 – Wine of the Week from O’Briens Wine

Bring this Smooth Argentinian to a BBQ and it will Charm Everyone

Buenos Aires is sometimes called the Paris of South America and the nickname certainly comes from a place of truth. Its Francophile architecture, streets buzzing with lively bistros, bakeries and coffee shops and it’s vibrant cultural and gastronomic scenes are just a few of the similarities. And just as the City of Lights has influenced …

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Three Wines to Discover this Season from the Febvre Wines Summer Selection

Three Wines to Discover this Season from the Febvre Wines Summer Selection

Yesterday 15th of May, Febvre Wines hosted its summer wine tasting at the stylish Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar. In tune with the importer’s motto “Original Thinking in Wine”, the tasting included a selection of summer classics (Picpoul de Pinet anyone?), BBQ must-haves (bring in the Primitivo!) and several off the beaten track bottles from …

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Il Meridione Nero d’Avola – Wine of the Week from O’Briens Wine

The Sicilian city of Avola offers many wonders to wanderlusters looking for that sweet combination of history (think of loosing yourself wondering its ancient pre-Roman roads); coastal charm and numerous food festivals and local traditions. The area names one of Sicily’s most important red grape, Nero d’Avola, simply meaning Black from Avola. And while visitors might indulge in their …

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Alamos Malbec 2015 – Wine of the Week from O’Briens

Alamos Malbec 2015 – Wine of the Week from O’Briens

In the late nineties and early noughties, many wine lovers proudly labeled themselves as ABC’s -Anything But Chardonnay- drinkers. Then, after the success of Oscar winner Sideways (2004) it became trendy, almost cool, to snub Merlot and after that, Pinot Grigio was public winenemy number 1. When I recently read a what’s “in” and what’s “out” piece on wine trends, displayed in the …

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Burgundy Wines: To Understand them is to Love them

Burgundy Wines: To Understand them is to Love them

Burgundy or Bourgogne is one of the most intriguing wine regions in France, shrouded in a colourful medieval past of powerful dukes and rebellious monks unsuccessfully tamed by worried popes. Its past continues to influence its present still melded with the medieval: walled towns, monasteries, high-walled estates and an aristocratic heritage that has bequeathed a …

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