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Your Easy Guide to Understanding French Wine Regions

Hand holding a glass of red wine against the background of a French vineyard

Do you need some help understanding French wine regions and labels? If you’re not a wine expert, buying French may seem a little overwhelming. New World wines – like those from Chile or New Zealand – tend to use the name of the grape variety on the bottle. The most popular of these are often […]

How to Enjoy Rosé: Food Pairings and Serving Tips

After enjoying full-bodied red wines during the cool weather months when they are naturally paired with hearty comfort foods, the arrival of summer and its hopefully warmer temperatures stirs us to transition to lighter fare and lighter wines. After all, we dress seasonally and eat seasonally. Although it’s less talked about, we drink seasonally, too. […]

Giving it Time to Breathe: Why Decanting Wine Matters

Decanting is the process of transferring a wine into a decanter (or special jug) and letting it sit for a chosen length of time before pouring into glasses to serve. In this article, we discuss why decanting wine matters, which wines you should be decanting and how long you should be ‘letting them breathe’. Why […]

Wine Pairing 101: How to Choose the Right Wine For Your Food

No other world cuisine benefits from food and wine pairing as much as French food. The French understand food in a completely different way than the Irish, and maybe the reason for this is the wonderful selection of wines on their doorstep! In this article, we share why wine pairing can enhance your overall meal […]

Your Quick Guide to the Most Famous French Wine Regions

Map of French wine regions

France is synonymous with world class, quality wines. While even the most novice of wine drinkers will recognise the famous names of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, wines are commercially produced in every part of France except along the northern coast. In this article, we explore the most well-known French wine regions… as well as a few […]

Why Pinot Noir is the Perfect Wine for Valentine’s Day

Soft, smooth, silky, seductive… these are all words that can be used to describe a wonderful pinot noir. Without doubt, this is the most romantic of wines. The aroma, the beautiful light flavour, the sensation – we maintain that pinot noir the perfect wine for Valentine’s Day. In this article, we take a deeper look […]

Does Red Wine Really Have Any Health Benefits?

Bottle of red wine pouring into glass. Does red wine really have health benefits?

We know that, after a month of indulgence, January is often a time to reconsider your choices around alcohol and to help decide what’s what in terms of your health. With plenty of rumours on the internet and through word of mouth, we asked the question: does red wine really have any health benefits? After […]

The Best Christmas Champagnes!

Most people associate Champagne with celebrations, aided by the pop of a cork but Champagne is absolutely amazing with seafood starters, perfect for Christmas Day if you are considering Prawns, Oysters or Smoked Salmon. The balance of the taste of the 2 is delicious! Champagne is sparkling wine from the Champagne area of France. This […]

Ireland’s favourite White Wine | Sauvignon Blanc

We often get asked what wine is the most popular white wine in Ireland. Given the range of wines available to us on any given day it is often hard to try consider what the adult population prefer to drink in both home and social situations. Research shows us it is without doubt an adaptable […]

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