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by Sam Logan | May 14, 2018
Priorat Wine at Finca Mas D’en Gil   In terms of international esteem for Spanish wines, those from Priorat DOQ are unfairly overshadowed by the wines of the bigger and more well-known La Rioja DOC. There’s no doubt that Rioja deserves every bit of its popularity, but Priorat is the only other region with Spain’s […]
by Sam Logan | April 24, 2018
Cava Wine at Cellar Carles Andreu Cava, the sparkling Spanish wine that rivals Champagne, is a modern name for a style of wine that has been produced in Spain for centuries. When we visited our Cava producer, he explained the history of Cava and what makes his Cava Wine so special. It was still morning […]
by Sam Logan | April 10, 2018
Gifts for Wine Lovers: Wine Explorers Club So, you know someone who loves wine, and you want to get them a present they’ll love. First of all, don’t get them decanters, wine racks, fancy stoppers, or any other wine gadgets. Chances are they’ve already got all the equipment they need to enjoy wine (i.e., glasses […]
by Sam Logan | December 20, 2017
Everything that’s good to eat is a little better with the right wine. I’ve mentioned before, I want to help you get the most enjoyment possible from your Christmas food and drink. I’m going to be eating and drinking like a King over the next week. So I’m sharing my plans and putting forward a few unusual […]
by Sam Logan | December 20, 2017
Everything that’s good to eat is a little better with the right wine. As I mentioned in an earlier instalment, the strongest Christmas blessing I can give you is that you enjoy your food and drink as much as I will enjoy mine. Because I’m going to eat and drink like a King. And in that spirit, […]
by Sam Logan | December 19, 2017
Everything that’s good to eat is a little better with the right wine. The best thing I can wish you this Christmas is that you enjoy your food and drink as much as I will enjoy mine. And in that spirit, I’m going to suggest a few less than obvious combinations. Christmas really begins once the […]
by Sam Logan | December 15, 2017
An annual tradition that never fails to delight me is the glut of festive leftovers in the week following Christmas day. If you’re anything like me, you’ll appreciate the laziness all this extra food facilitates just as much as you enjoy the food itself.
by Sam Logan | December 13, 2017
From the Loire to Alsace, we visit two unique and fascinating French winemakers to see how they celebrate Christmas. I'm of to bake some bredele!
by Sam Logan | December 13, 2017
Today we make the last visit to the vines before Christmas. We’re stopping by Bordeaux to find out how our favourite Bordelais winemakers celebrate Christmas. There’s oysters, apple pie and a lovely tradition with the company that makes the barrels Chateau Hautes Segottes is aged in.   Chateau Thieuley In the Courselle ‘s family, we […]
by Sam Logan | December 13, 2017
We catch up with two of our winemakers from Burgundy to hear what the Christmas festivities are like in one of the heartlands of French winemaking. As you might expect, all the food the winemakers mention is tailormade for Burgundy wines. Various molluscs feature prominently on both Christmas menus. While oysters are popular at home in Ireland, […]
by Sam Logan | December 11, 2017
In the southern hemisphere, Christmas happens right in the middle of summer. A white Christmas does sound picturesque, but a Christmas BBQ in shorts by the pool sounds way better to me! From barbequed lobster to “monkey’s tail eggnog, not forgetting the amazing Carmenere and Malbec wines, it all sounds fantastic. I think my future […]
by Sam Logan | December 11, 2017
Our Portuguese winemakers Quinta do Crasto and Bodegas Fillaboa tell us how they’ll be spending Christmas this year: plenty of sweet treats, seafood and, of course, fantastic wine.   Quinta do Crasto “Christmas traditions in Portugal and Douro are above all about family! It is common to celebrate around the table, on the 24th with Bacalhau […]
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