Make Mine A Double

Classy Cava [Make Mine a Double #30]

Cava has an image problem.  The vast majority of bottles sort in the UK and Ireland are mass-produced, by-the-numbers plonk.  Even though it’s made by the more expensive – and generally higher quality – traditional method, Cava is generally seen as being in the same “party-drink” class as Prosecco.  To be honest, neither cheap Prosecco… Continue reading Classy Cava [Make Mine a Double #30]

Opinion

In Praise of Co-operatives – Part 2 – Produttori del Barbaresco

Very few co-operatives are talked about in the same revered tones as Produttori del Barbaresco (“Producers of Barbaresco”, known as “Produttori” for short).  They have something of a cult following, and in good vintages their nine single vineyard (or “Cru”) Riserva wines are eagerly anticipated. In fact, the single vineyard wines are only released when… Continue reading In Praise of Co-operatives – Part 2 – Produttori del Barbaresco

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A Splash of Refreshing White in an Ocean of Red [Make Mine a Double #40]

Although red wine is the king in northern Spain – especially going west / south west from Navarra, Rioja, Ribero del Duero, Cigales and Toro – there is an outlier: Rueda and its refreshing whites.  Established as a Denominacíon de Origen (DO) as recently as 1980, Rueda is now established as an ultra-reliable source of… Continue reading A Splash of Refreshing White in an Ocean of Red [Make Mine a Double #40]

Tasting Events

To SPIT or not to SPIT (Part 4 – GrapeCircus)

Last – but no means least – of our awesome foursome from Spit is GrapeCircus.  Enrico’s wines are the most “edgy” of the whole gang (if you’ve got a moment, some are edgier than U2’s guitarist walking along the side of the Cliffs of Moher watching Tom Cruise film “Edge of Tomorrow” on his Samsung… Continue reading To SPIT or not to SPIT (Part 4 – GrapeCircus)

Information, Opinion

brandinG wiNe

Celebrity wine is not a new thing and it doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.  among the “celebs” with their name attached to a wine are people from sport (golfers Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, Greg Norman…), the music business (Cliff Richard, Madonna, Sting…) and the film industry (Jolie-Pitt, Sam Neill, Francis Ford Coppola). The degree of involvement… Continue reading brandinG wiNe

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The Fifth Element – Part 5

Fizz and friends from the Quintessential Wines tasting earlier this year: Druisan Prosecco Colfondo NV (12.5%, RRP €17.95 at Quintessential Wines, Drogheda & quintessentialwines.ie) A world away from the cheap and (sometimes not so) cheerful industrial Prosecco which is on special offer in the supermarket, this is an entirely different style of fizz.  Whereas the vast… Continue reading The Fifth Element – Part 5

Tasting Events

The Fifth Element – Part 3

A pair of funky “whites” from the Quintessential wines tasting earlier this year:     Pierluigi Zampaglione Don Chisciotte Fiano 2015 (12.5%, RRP €26.95 at Quintessential Wines, Drogheda & quintessentialwines.ie) This actual colour of this wine is why these wines are described as “whites” and not whites – it’s orange, which is a whole new category and… Continue reading The Fifth Element – Part 3

Make Mine A Double, Opinion

Top Selection of Reds [Make Mine a Double #29]

Here are a couple of fab reds from Top Selection, an interesting UK-based boutique wine merchant: Habla de la Tierra Vino de la Tierra de Extremadura 2014 (13.5%, £14 from Top Selection) This is a modern Spanish wine made from a blend of Cab Franc and Tempranillo. Unlike its offspring Cabernet Sauvignon (see here), Cabernet… Continue reading Top Selection of Reds [Make Mine a Double #29]