If you are having oysters, Chablis is perfect as is a good Muscadet. Photograph: iStock

John Wilson: Turkey goes with most wines but Chardonnays from Burgundy work well

John Wilson: A sweep of the supermarket’s top bubblies, whites and reds for the season

Christmas fizz: at this time of year many of us like something sparkling. Photograph: iStock/Getty

John Wilson: We’re way past peak prosecco. Happily, there are other options for fizz

New whiskies for Christmas

John Wilson: This week a few new Irish whiskies to dream about for Christmas

When it comes to a roast of beef or lamb, bordeaux is hard to beat.

Less expensive Bordeaux can offer great value for money

John Wilson selects the best offers from Aldi, Dunnes and O’Briens. Photograph: RapidEye/iStock/Getty

John Wilson finds the best bottles from some of the supermarket and off-licence offers

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This week, three independent wine retailers, all celebrating an anniversary

“Although it might remove some of the romance of wine, I think we have a right to know how our wine is made.” Photograph: iStock

Makers have managed to avoid telling us what is within. Should we be worried?

Pinot noir was once the holy grail of most winemakers. It was famously fussy to grow, and equally difficult to fashion into a drinkable wine. Photograph: Getty Images

John Wilson: Wine goes so well with all sorts of game birds, rabbit and venison

New regulations may simply play into the hands of larger wine producers and multiple retailers who ship in huge quantities. Photograph: iStock

John Wilson: Label legislation may end small producers’ wines in Ireland

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John Wilson: What goes best with roast beef, what’s lovely with chicken

Changing tastes: turbo-charged reds were all the rage a decade ago; now we are all looking for something a bit less alcoholic. Photograph: E+/Getty

John Wilson: Four reds that strike the right balance between ABV and flavour

Vineyards in Wachau, Austria. Photograph: iStock

Most of Austria’s wines are unique and consistently of a very high quality

Port has moved on from crusty old colonels swigging a glass in the library. Photograph: iStock

John Wilson: Vintage port matures and improves for decades, making it an ideal gift for a godchild

Adherents argue that it is the perfect food wine, able to cope with white and red meats, as well as smelly cheeses.

Orange wine combines the freshness and acidity of a white with the tannins of a red

Above €50 and you start to hit the law of diminishing returns. Photograph: iStock

Over €10, wine does usually taste better; €15-€25 and you should notice a big jump

Easy squeezy: the best seafood needs only some herbs and lemon. Photograph: iStock/Getty

John Wilson: My deathbed meal would include mussels, crab and these four whites

Dunnes Stores kick off their French wine sale on Tuesday September 4th

John Wilson: Dunnes Stores, SuperValu and O’Briens have some excellent wine deals

Vineyards and olive trees in the Douro Valley near Lamego, Portugal. Photograph: iStock

John Wilson: New Zealand, the US and Europe have some outstanding wine destinations

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John Wilson: Muscadet is enjoying a mini-revival, and Verdicchio is always worth a try

The country is potentially home to some of the world’s oldest commercial vineyards

The Aldi Summer wine sale features wines from Germany, Slovenia, Australia, Spain, South Africa and more

John Wilson picks his favourite bargain bottles from the supermarket sales

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In some wine competitions, the majority of (paying) entrants gets a prize

Rare vines: Dafni grapes growing in a Lyrarakis vineyard, in Crete

John Wilson: Instead of an old reliable try an unsung hero: Marsanne, Dafni, Aglianico or Mandó

Graham Norton (C) with Tim Lightbourne and Rob Cameron

Duo behind GN wines say TV host has great enthusiasm and a great palate

Dry rosé in general is one of the most food-friendly wines of all. Photograph: iStock

If your memories of Spanish rosé are of cheap plonk guzzled on holidays, think again

Possibly best of all would be a medium-bodied rosé. It is summer after all

It makes sense to match light-bodied wines with delicately flavoured foods

When the weather is good, the wine can be cheap(er)

Summery red wines can be lightly chilled. Photograph: iStock

Lighter summery reds are best at 10-15 degrees – an hour in the fridge is about right

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These wines always seemed confected and a little bit weird – until now

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Prosecco isn’t the only sparkling wine in town

World Gin Day is celebrated globally on June 9th

Flavoured with seaweed, rhubarb, Barry’s Tea or just classic gins made well, we’ve found the best Irish gins to try

There are plenty of decent inexpensive rosés to be found

Beyond Riesling, our knowledge of the wines of the French Alsace region is sketchy

A quiet revolution has been taking place, with producers literally returning to their roots

In warmer weather, we want reds that are low in alcohol but still high in flavour

Portuguese white wines: most are still relatively inexpensive and fit modern tastes perfectly

John Wilson: A country better known for its reds also has plenty of exciting dry whites

What is a 'natural' wine? Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

‘We did not invent anything, we simply returned to what our grandfathers did’

John Wilson asks: when are we going to rid ourselves of our Sauvignon Blanc obsession?

Tommy Cullen of Jus de Vine  in Portmarnock, Co Dublin: 'I love the area, we have a great set of customers and I am very happy at it.' Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A look at one wine shop celebrating 20 years in Portmarnock and another starting off with a bang in Terenure


Closer to beer than wine in production, the Japanese favourite offers a world of taste

Wine match: roast lamb is one of the best partners for almost any red. Photograph: John Carey/Getty

Francophiles will head straight for Bordeaux, but Rioja, Chianti Classico and Malbec are good alternatives

Vegans beware: there are two fairly common non-vegan methods of clarifying wine

Four of the best from the treasure trove that is our national spirit.

Tempted to raise a glass of our national spirt on St Patrick’s Day, then why not try these?

Puglia is responsible for 700 million litres of wine, mostly red wine, each year. Photograph: iStock

The Italian region is replacing overly alcoholic wines with some very impressive bottles

Fazzoletto Barbera Passito, Piemonte

Several interesting wines have a high alcohol content

A Chardonnay made from grapes picked early or from a cool climate will be fresh, crisp and dry

Rest assured, oaky Chardonnays of the early 2000’s are a thing of the past

Fecovita, a group of 29 co-operatives in Argentica with 5,000 members controlling 30,000 hectares of vines

Four wines made with a collective spirit

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This is not the time for a beefy Malbec – choose a silky sensuous Pinot Noir

Lambrusco has changed. Driven by a small group of ambitious producers, it now offers a string of interesting, complex, dry, lightly sparkling wines

The wine’s dark acidic days are in the past thanks to a new breed of producers

Wine growers in some regions worry that climate change is threatening their harvests. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Some the best-known wine-making regions have had a bad 2017 due to adverse weather. But don't worry, there's plenty to go around

A Spanish fruity white for Sauvignon Blanc fans and a red packed with flavour from Ribera del Duero

Fill your glass  to a quarter or a third full  and enjoy the pleasures of a really good wine

Drinking less in this dreary month stretched my budget to these fine wines

My suggestion for 2018 is to shop local and trade up. Instead of buying three bottles for €4.99, treat yourself to one great wine for €15. Photograph: iStock

Treat yourself to great wines this year instead of multiple cheap bottles. Here are four gems to try

Winter warmers: Languedoc-Roussillon is the source of many good but inexpensive wines. Photograph: Getty

Laurent Miquel and the Mas family make some great-value wines in Languedoc-Roussillon

Ready-prepared gift packs are not always inspiring, but any wine shop can make up a tailor-made gift box for you. Photograph: iStock

Spread joy this festive season with a fine bottle or an accessory with wow factor

This Christmas why not try some wines  a little (or a lot) off the beaten track. Photograph: iStock

Instead of staying with the usual favourites, why not be a bit more adventurous

Kildare-based winemaker is Simon Tyrrell has been making wine in the Rhône valley for five years now.

Irish producers are making some very drinkable wines to buy now

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Many seasonal wine choices will be based on quantity, not quality. But don’t settle for swill

A vineyard in Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy. Photograph: Panoramic Images

Review: John Wilson on Raymond Blake’s ‘Côte d’Or’

A fine range of high-end domestic brands await you

Pharmacist and wine maker Róisín Curley
Wine, women . . . and Mayo

It’s not a county known for its viticulture, but three Mayo women are changing that. They share their stories

Big, rich and rounded, with sweet strawberry fruits, the wines are crowd-pleasing food-friendly. Photograph: iStock

Ripe Garnacha grapes make for powerful, heart-warming wines and a low tannin count

Sonoma Valley

But, give thanks, clever makers are starting to produce mid-price wines

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Aged Rioja has become our go-to wine when we want to splash out – but it’s not necessary to spend big

One is perfect with tomato-based pasta dishes, the other delicious with shellfish

It’s good to have a choice of winter wines that you don’t have to think about too much. Photograph: iStock

You can’t beat the Italians for reliable reds. Here are a few wet Wednesday treats

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This selection of reds keeps things interesting in the €10-€13 price bracket

A white that works with fish and chicken and a smooth red blend

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

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Remember when Australian wines were big in the Irish market?

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


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

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