Wine+.ie April 2016

Wine+.ie came out again this week and our cover features a balloon with Carmen all over it. No, not the opera and no, not a birthday party. Carmen winery has used ‘Balloon’ and Discovery’ together for some time now. A couple of years ago the team that runs all the Santa Rita Group wines in…

World Malbec Day

Malbec World Day will be here on April the 17th. World Days are fairly common place for grapes now and you can take your pick of which one tickles your fancy. It’s all good fun, clever marketing and to a large extent everyone is a winner. Malbec Day is different as it tends to celebrate…

Respect Your Wine List to Respect your Customer

I read a wine description last week that had been written for a pub/restaurant. It was ridiculously vague. The list was a short one and of its seven white wines the first three were all from Chile. I have nothing against Chile and I can’t honestly see anything wrong with a list comprised of nothing…

Building Extensions from Down Under -Beware Marketing Statistics!

I like reading newsletters from generic wine organisations. They give us good market statistics and a view of our market ‘from the outside’. This morning I glanced at a Wines Australia News February 2016. It was titled, ‘UK wine trade delight in Australia Day Tastings’. This seemed interesting as Wines Australia had a Fair here…

How to ‘Get Into’ the Wine Trade!

Among all the questions I am asked at tastings this one pops up again and again: ‘How do I get ‘into’ the Wine Trade’?  Answer: Get a Job: Import Wine: Sell Something. The Wine trade is no different to any other profession. It’s cut throat and viscous and often controlled by business heads who have…

Wine+.ie December OUT NOW

Happy Christmas Everyone Our Christmas Edition is now out and it really does look fantastic! Look out for Tandem Wines – a Spanish Treasure from O’Brien’s Wines Sheridan Cheese has really good book out and Oz Clarke reminds us how good a writer he is with The History of Wine in 100 Bottles. ‘Simply Better’…

Responsible (Wine) Drinking in a Grown up Ireland

Will we ever learn? This question seems to crop up time and again when we see how many people in Ireland go overboard on alcohol. Many of us ‘have been there; done that’. Most of us have learned. Some of us did not survive. Many are still out there drinking until they are dizzy. Retailers,…

I like Celebrity Wine Labels! Graham Norton’s Wine.

What do you think? Celebrities like to add their names to products. This works on so many levels. Well, perhaps not in Beckham’s underwear! Punters like to follow their favourite celebs and often fasten themselves onto ‘stuff’ their heroes are fond of. I liken it to ‘product stalking’. Why else would you go out of…

I Really Don’t Like …

How many wine columns warn you away from wines that are downright nasty? The wine trade doesn’t do that. Well, not in the way that restaurant critics get stuck in! There are many reasons. One is that if a wine is scored poorly ie a 79 rather than an 85 then we are supposed to…

Read All About It

I read about wine all of the time. I do ‘get it’ that most people want to drink wine and not read about it at all. BUT when they do get to read a bit about wine wouldn’t it be nice to know that what you are reading is something more than just random opinion,…

Number 1

There always has to be a Number 1. Odd to say but 1 is probably the worst score a wine can get! The best wine is taken to be 100. Strange world. Not so Wine+.ie ~ Ireland’s online wine magazine. We don’t score wines. We recommend them. We also recommend Craft Beer and Irish producers…