Category Archives: Drink

Aldi Whites

Aldi Whites To Try

Aldi Ireland have an excellent range of white wines on offer.  Each Christmas they put together a selection of wines from across their portfolio. I’ve picked three Aldi whites from a recent tasting and have an overview of them below. Continue reading

Rondan Crianza

Rondan Crianza

The most renowned region for wine in Spain is Rioja DOCa.  Known for its quality red wines the main grape produced in this region is Tempranillo.  As it happens International Tempranillo Day is taking place this week. To tie in with this I have tried a 2012 Rondan Crianza from Wines Direct. Continue reading

Sparkling Wines from Aldi

Aldi Sparkling Wines To Try

Aldi Ireland have a range of sparkling wines to suit every taste and more importantly every pocket. I’ve picked three Aldi sparkling wines below which I tried at a recent tasting.  All of these are in Aldi stores from 13th of November 2016. Continue reading


Here is a little something to get the drink connoisseurs out there excited. Running between the 18th and 20th November Tippletown is Brewtonic’s three-day festival celebrating the world of incredible drinks.  A curated program of tastings, demos, workshops and tailored events is running in Wigwam on Middle Abbey Street. Each one is dedicated to showcasing the very best in spirits, beers, wines, bubbles, coffees and sodas in the world.  In even better news most of them are FREE Continue reading

The Rebrew Project with Carlsberg

The Carlsberg Foundation was set up in 1876 to manage the Carlsberg Laboratory and is celebrating 140 years in business.  There is however another significant date in the history of Carlsberg. In 1883 the Carlsberg Research Laboratory revolutionised the quality of beer with the discovery of pure yeast which made it possible to make quality beer from every brew. Continue reading

The Irish Cocktail Festival Returns This October

The Irish Cocktail Festival returns for the third year this October and this time its bigger and better than ever.  Previously a city-wide event, this year its going nationwide with pubs, bars and restaurants across the country taking part.  Continue reading

Cabernet Sauvignon Day with a Crios by Susana Balbo

September 1st is International Cabernet Sauvignon Day.  This may also be an excuse to drink red wine. Either way I’m more than happy to help celebrate it, and what better way than opening a bottle of Crios from Argentina. The wine is made by Susana Balbo at Dominio del Plata in the Mendoza region of Argentina. Continue reading

Wolf Blass Black Label – Vertical Tasting Through The Decades

It’s funny how things change in the course of a life. I’m starting my WSET Level 2 in Wines and Spirits in September, but…….

One of my earliest memories of drinking wine was back in 1999. I was 21 and up until that point wine was really just something that my aunties drank so I usually stuck to beer. In November 1999 I headed to the land down under and spent a year travelling around Australia.  It was there I discovered the back packer joy that is 5 litre boxes of wine. Yes boxes !  Over time I traded in the boxes for bottles and of course Wolf Blass was among those bottles. Continue reading