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Remember when Australian wines were big in the Irish market?

All Prosecco is made from the Glera grape and comes from a single region in north-west Italy. Photogrpah: iStock

Easy to drink, this sparkling wine has been going through a decade-long boom

It’s rare to find a drinkable Pinot Noir for a tenner, but we've found one

Many Italian wines, both red and white, go superbly well with pizza

Autumnal vineyard: at this time of year we tend to choose wines with more texture. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty

With the changing seasons comes a change in our tastes, towards fuller-bodied bottles

John Wilson selects the best party pleasers, and gets creative with non-alcoholic options

In a recent study, eight of the top 10 gassiest beers were lagers.

Study finds the fizziest beers have up to 2.71 pints of carbon dioxide per pint

Sideways (2004): “If anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving”

Bridget Jones made Chardonnay uncool and ‘Sideways’ did the same for Merlot

Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is aged in casks previously seasoned with IPA while  The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Florio Marsala Cask Finish spends 12 months in former Marsala casks

Two new limited edition whiskeys blend traditional methods with an alternative aging process

Just 50km from Bordeaux, Bergerac offers the best value wines in France

Weekday wine: A great Malbec for €9 and a perfect Albariño for €15 Two wines this week that taste more expensive than their price (...)

Château Le Puy: estate vineyards in Bordeaux, some of which are still ploughed by horse. Photograph: Rodolphe Escher/New York Times

John Wilson: Châteaux Phélan Ségur and le Puy make graceful, elegant, refreshing and balanced wines

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Zinfandel is a chameleon and far from a wimpy wine

Gérard Bertrand

Frenchman’s greatest achievement may have been to convince consumers the Languedoc can make quality wine

This Chilean favourite has two wines that won’t break the bank

While it may seem sacrilegious to dilute or adulterate such a great beverage as wine, when the mercury rises its irresistible at times.

Cool off and enjoy the sunshine at home with one of these tempting low-alcohol beverages

Super Valu puts two very drinkable wines on sale today for a tenner

Vines at Domaine de Martinolles, in Saint-Hilaire. Photograph:  Domaines Paul Mas

John Wilson: Limoux is actually in Languedoc, but its wines are a world apart

Dry (and even off-dry) Riesling is fresh and aromatic, perfect for drinking with or without food during the summer months. Photograph:  Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images

One of the world’s great wines leaves Sauvingnon and Pinot Grigio trailing in its wake

If you have ever wondered what red Sparkling Shiraz (an Aussie classic) tastes like, this is your chance. Photograph: Getty Images

The supermarket is holding a nationwide sale, and our wine writer selects the best bottles on offer

Saumur-Champigny 2015 Plessis–Duval 12.5% (€15):  a delicious light juicy wine filled with crunchy blackcurrant fruits.

These are great, food-friendly summer wines

A red and a white that won’t break the bank

Ch Haut-Rian Bordeaux Rosé, 12.5% (€12.95): A delicious Cabernet Merlot blend at a great price. Light but full of red and white peach fruits with a dry finish. Great summer drinking.

We return to the summery delights of rosé wine

Rosé wine: a taste of summer in a glass. Photograph: E+/Getty Images

Rosé from Provence has become one of the most fashionable wines

French wine: everyone has heard of Bordeaux, burgundy and champagne. Yet the country offers so much more. Illustration: Theresa Tibbetts/DVV/Getty

John Wilson: Jurançon and Jura, Marcillac and Savoie are four upcoming areas with some great wines

We don’t see many of Croatian wines in Ireland – but here’s two on special offer

Napa Valley: I had forgotten how stunning the wine country is, from the wild coastal regions to the lush green (this year) of the interior. Photograph: Mathew Spolin/Moment/Getty

This July the Fourth ignore lesser white Zins and sweetish reds for these star bottles

Two wines to try: a Bordeaux fruit-filled dry rosé and good value Pinot Noir

That is not to denigrate it; there are some delicious Irish gins being produced around the country.

The Irish Gin & Tonic Fest starts next week in a pub near your and runs until July 1st

The wines of the south Rhône and its smaller northern neighbour are like chalk and cheese

Mid-week tipple: Each week John Wilson picks two wines for you to try at home

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There are 28 wines included in Lidl’s offer, many excellent and cheaper than €10

Vinho Verde comes from the far north of Portugal

Mid-week tipple: Each week John Wilson picks two wines for you to try at home

A round-up from O’Briens, Marks & Spencer, Le Caveau and Quintessential Wines

Mid–week tipple: Each week wine expert John Wilson picks two wines for you to try at home

They usually have a sumptuous broad richness that goes really well with food

Ripe, rounded reds come from the Alentejo region in central Portugal

Each week John Wilson picks two wines for you to try at home. This week: Le Bel Ange 2013, Domaine Begude and Mariana 2015, Alente(...)

Price is certainly not a guarantee of quality

A pricier wine should offer more but quite often that’s not the case

Vineyards near a village, Fleurie, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France. Photograph: Getty

With the trend towards light, lower alcohol wines, Beaujolais is enjoying a revival

Best buy: Tbilvino Rkatsiteli Qvevris JSC Tibilvino 2014,  €15 from M&S

Country’s proud viticulture may date back as far as 8,000 years

Midweek Tipple: A bargain from Aldi and a bottle of Beaujolais for these brighter evenings

I Clivi Ribolla 2015, Friuli: Citrus peel, herbs and almonds in a delicious light dry wine.

We look at some high-quality, subtle and light whites that seek to seduce not grab

Mont Vesuvius and View over Naples, in Campania. Fifty kilometres east of the tourist hotspots is the mixed-farming region of Irpinia. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Lescourret/Getty Images

The volcanic region of Campania produces wonderful wines with a unique personality

We should categorise our wines slightly differently – by producer type

Fancy a ‘Big Wine’ or a ‘Wild Bunch’ tipple?

Enjoy the long weekend with a glass or two

This may be the last Good Friday where sales of alcohol are banned in Ireland, so make the most of it with our pick of the best

John Wilson on wine: These days, when I want something to drink, I  find myself searching though my samples for something lighter and more elegant.

John Wilson has had enough of powerful, robust wines that roughly grab you by the collar

 Les Amies Chanteuses has a nice freshness and an undercurrent of power and warmth.

John Wilson on two of the best wines to try at home this week

Portugal’s finest wine region is worth exploring

Mid-week tipple: The best wines to try at home this week

Pinot Noir, the great red grape variety responsible for Burgundy
Poor man’s Pinot

Thanks to improved viticulture and possibly climate change too, it is now possible to find plenty of very attractive lightly fruit(...)

Ely wine bars in Dublin can claim to be daddy of them all, now celebrating 15 years of trading and offering a superb selection of 80 wines by the glass. Photograph: Getty Images

John Wilson reveals his favourite wine bars from around the country

French brands Hennessy and Delamain are descended from the Irish, while some new Irish whiskeys owe a lot to France

A mature red Nebbiolo grape in Italy’s northeast: Nebbiolo is the undoubted king of the region, and Barolo and Barbaresco its finest expression

Often called the country’s Burgundy, Italy’s Piemonte region produces superb wines

Mid-week tipple: John Wilson been dreaming about sitting out in the sun and enjoying a glass of chilled white wine

For wine with a bit more character, seek out smaller producers. Photograph: iStock

Finding a wine that offers a little bit extra at a good price can be a challenge

Mid-week tipple: Wine expert John Wilson selects two wines to try at home this week

 Puglia, or Apulia, in southern Italy, produces red wine varieties such as  Negroamaro and  Primitivo, the same grape as California’s Zinfandel. Photograph: iStockphoto

The vineyards of Campania, Calabria and Puglia date back to Roman and Greek times

Burgundy prices are moving steadily upwards and quantities are even more limited than usual, 20-30 per cent less than in 2014. Photograph: Getty

Importers impressed with ‘outstanding’ harvest, the best in almost 90 years

Customers of Searsons in Monkstown, Co. Dublin had the opportunity to taste their way through a huge range of their wines earlier (...)

Blackrock Cellar: well-trained staff, free delivery  and a vast and eclectic selection of interesting drinks

Surrounded by stiff competition in South Dublin, the big winner at the Noffla awards - the 'drink Oscars' - has had to earn its pr(...)

Mid-week tipple: Each week John Wilson picks two wines for you to try at home

Barrels from oak felled in Ballydowling Wood in Glenealy, Co Wicklow, will used to mature the third release of Midleton Dair Ghaelach whiskey.

Among the latest whiskey arrivals is Midleton Dair Ghaelach – a snip at €260 a bottle – which is aged in traceable virgin Irish oa(...)

Mid-week tipple: Joel Duband and his team have chosen two of their favourite sub €15 wines for you to try

Under the legislation, retailers will be required to separate alcohol from all other products.

New legislation will hit small wine importers and specialist shops

The HSE guidelines are for wines with 12.5 per cent alcohol; most wines contain more, and it can be challenging to work out how many units you are drinking.

'Wine and beer have been around for more than 5,000 years, so a moderate consumption is unlikely to harm me'

Each week John Wilson picks two wines for you to try at home

The harvest in Burgundy overall is 20 per cent down on 2015

Poor harvests, along with higher consumption in the US and China, are putting supply under pressure

For a party red wine try  the lightly fruity Cepa Lebrel Joven for a remarkable €6.99
The best in party wines

It’s a good time to stock up for New Year’s – and there’s plenty of value offerings out there

Lighter – and often cheaper – dessert wines   go   well with fruit salads and  creamy desserts. Photograph: Getty

Sauternes and some German Rieslings strike the right balance of acidity and sweetness

Whatever you choose to drink at Christmas, trade up a little and treat yourself and your guests to something special. Photograph: Getty Images
Wines for Christmas dinner

Turkey-friendly reds and whites, and something for the goose, beef and curry too

Egg nog, served with a dusting of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick, is equally good with rum, cognac, bourbon and, of course, whiskey

Some warming alternatives to enjoy instead of the usual festive mulled wine

More the merrier: “Many argue a magnum is the perfect size to mature Champagne.”

Many excellent wines are now available in larger bottles – and they are practical and fun

Most of the multiples have branches on both sides of the Border and so have the problem covered to some degree

Dublin shops seem to be recovering, but is there a rural/urban divide?

Each week John Wilson finds two wines to try at home

Ribera del Duero has bitterly cold winters and short hot summers, with very cold nights; that climate is responsible for the unique style of wine

Ribera del Duero has emerged as one of Spain’s greatest wine regions, competing with Rioja for top spot

Some of the so-called dry wines on our supermarket shelves are actually off-dry or medium-dry

Wealthy rock stars and movie celebrities are often very keen to acquire a wine estate – I wonder who will end up with the Provence rosé Miraval in the Brangelina split

Chianti means Sangiovese, one of the great grapes varieties of the world, but rarely found outside of Tuscany

Albariño wine, with the Rias Baixas appellation of origin, is a high quality white wine. Photograph: iStock

Albariño has also become a standard listing for most wine bars and restaurants

Each week John Wilson picks two wines for you to try at home. This week: Marks & Spencer Mâcon-Villages 2015 and Hécula 2014, Mona(...)

Port has been enjoying huge growth in the US over the past decade

The traditional fortified wine is getting a new twist – and appealing to young people

Pastis  is lighter than absinthe and consumed diluted with water, classically one part pastis to five of water

Absinthe has a bad name, but in its absence, why not try its lighter cousin pastis?

Growing grapes and making wine is not easy, and selling the finished product is often even more difficult

Owning a vineyard is a dream come true for Liam and Sinéad Cabot

The Hungarians would claim Furmint as their own, but  you will also find it in Austria, Croatia and Slovenia and other neighbouring states. Photograph: Istock

Known as a key element of Tokaji, the Furmint grape has much to offer

Each week John Wilson picks two wines for you to try at home. This week: Château Martinolles Limoux Chardonnay 2015 and Château Ma(...)

I asked four sommeliers from around the country to divulge their favourite wine within a budget, and a dish to accompany it

We ask four experts to choose budget wines and the dishes they would eat as an accompaniment

Happiness is a  warming plate of mushroom risotto: mushrooms  are very wine friendly

The spices and flavourings, as well as the accompanying sauce, should determine what wine to drink with vegetarian food

Some unique wines are produced on Sicily’s volcanic mountain. Prices are high - but most are worth it

For a start, you’ll need a bottle of the Danish spirit akvavit, and a beer on the side

Among all the half-priced wines and other bogus offers, this year there are some genuine bargains.

Here are the real bargains in the Lidl, Aldi and SuperValu sales

Alsace produces a variety of white wines and some improving reds

The Alsace variety isn’t cheap, but it is worth the money

Wine-wise the (correct) advice is to go for something cheap and cheerful. But does eating outdoors have to be so casual?

How to choose the best wines for eating al fresco

Brett and Pamela Stephenson of Wicklow Way  make fruit wines

Couple use Irish fruit for their in-demand wine range

Jameson’s new whiskeys come in intriguingly-named threes

A vineyard in the Jeruzalem wine region of Slovenia

Furmint, a Slovenian white wine, deserves recognition as one of the great grapes

We drink the colour as much as the wine; there is something quintessentially summery about a rosé wine

French varieties offer a refreshing and dry alternative to the sweet Zinfandels

Alice Feiring has written a wonderful, emotional book about traditional winemaking in Georgia

Three books explore niche areas of wine production

Virtually all of the Loire wines, white and rosé too, fit the sunny category

Loire valley reds come into their own when the sun shines

Until now, you could only buy an Irish-made tonic syrup from americanvillage.com. Fever-Tree and other premium tonic waters have been hugely successful in the UK, so it was only a matter of time before someone came up with an Irish version.

Ireland is coming into its own for both elements of G and T

Jameson are no longer alone; back in March, Galway Bay Brewery launched 200 Fathoms, an Imperial stout aged in whiskey casks borrowed from Dublin’s Teeling Whiskey

Distillers’ new limited editions employ barrels used by brewers

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