Domaine l’Amourier, Château Coupe-Roses, Domaine Cailhol Gautran Cantus Vitus and Domaine de la Borie Blanche

Take a virtual trip to a wine-producing region that is popular with Irish holidaymakers

Wines for the weekend: Los Cardos Chardonnay and Finest Saint-Chinian, both from Tesco

Wines for the Weekend: A Chardonnay from Argentina and a Saint-Chinian, from France

The four King of Kefir flavours are lemongrass and ginger, cucumber mint and thyme, chilli and ginger and hopped culture, the last made using amarillo, citra and mosaic hops, names familiar to craft brewers.

Difficulty with commercial kefirs is getting them to stop fermenting

The best drinks pairings for deliciously-charred red meat or lighter fish and vegetable dishes

Wines for the Weekend: Rare Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec

Wines for the Weekend: This Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec are on offer until Monday

Jimín and Pádraic Ó Griallais of Micil

The makers of Micil are rehabilitating poitín as a noble, complex and unique spirit

Light Italian whites are more subtle but every bit as enjoyable as something with more body

Italy has a bewildering array of native grapes, and wines that complement food very well

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: M&S Found Moschofilero & Roditis, Mazuelo, Ribolla Gialla, Xinomavro Mandilaria and Gros Manseng

Wines for the Weekend: M&S has a new range of interesting and eclectic wines

Master brewer Fergal Murray: ‘We are trying to create lasting brands, sessionable beers that people will come back to, rather than once-off beers that make a lot of noise and then disappear.’

Master brewer is ready to serve session lagers to Dublin, as soon as lockdown ends

Don’t be afraid to chill these red wines – it brings out their fresh fruit flavours

John Wilson’s picks: Aldi’s Specially Selected Jurançon Sec and Cairanne

Wines for the Weekend: A Jurançon Sec, from the Pyrenees, and a Cairanne, from the Rhône

Breandán Kearney: ‘I didn’t come for the beer’

Breandán Kearney’s website holds a wealth of knowledge on the world’s best beer culture

The great thing about these wines is you can drink them young or old

Some bottles reward a bit of patience – and they don’t have to be incredibly expensive

Wines for the Weekend: Delheim Chenin Blanc and JP Ramos Reserva

Wines for the Weekend: This special-offer white and red are worth a trip to O’Briens

The White Hag brewery: founders Paul Mullin, Bob Coggins and Brian McTernan

Shamrock Shakes Ice Cream Ale, made for St Patrick’s Day, is a luminous green

Four very different red wines to enjoy with your Easter lunch or dinner, varying from light to full-bodied, so you can choose accordingly.  

Choose from these light- to full-bodied wines to suit your Easter menu this weekend

Wines for the Weekend: Mészáros Pál Pinot Noir 2019 and Patricius Tokaji Furmint 2019.

John Wilson: Here is a little something to drink with your Easter lunch

Lesley Gracie, master distiller at Hendrick’s gin.

A drink ‘for those quiet nights when you want to sit and contemplate life’

Shuttle Bucket Double Rye IPA

Kinnegar Brewery, a triple winner in Brussels recently, has a new Double Rye IPA

The standard of winemaking is generally very high

There is no shortage of good Pinot Noir, and the nation’s Syrah is also impressing critics

Wines for the Weekend: Carmen Insigne Sauvignon Blanc and Vacqueyras Rémy Ferbras at SuperValu

Wines for the Weekend: A Rhone red down from €21 to €12 and a Chilean Sauvignon for €8

Teeling Whiskey’s Renaissance Three is a delicious whiskey, full of exotic fruits and vanilla balanced by a refreshing citrus note

Distillery releases its Renaissance Three whiskey early as demand surges in lockdown

Four to try: Porta 6, Matsu El Picaro, Air Carrots of Pagnol and Wieninger Wiener Gemischter Satz Ried Ulm 1er Nussberg

Ingredient labelling set to become mandatory for EU wine producers

Wines for the Weekend: M&S Classics No 8 Soave Classico and Fleur de Moussas Médoc

Wines for the Weekend: The M&S line-up includes a surprising Soave and a meaty Médoc

Róisín Curley: ‘I want to get back to France as soon as I can’

Róisín Curley, a pharmacist from Ballyhaunis, had to pull out of the 2020 vintage

Wicklow Wolf Call of Juicy, Cockagee, Lusca and Midleton Very Rare

John Wilson: Cockagee, from Co Dublin, Midleton, from Co Cork, and Wicklow Wolf Call of Juicy

Wines for the Weekend: Carmen Premier 1850 Sauvignon Blanc Reserva and Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

Wines for the Weekend: A Chilean red and white, from Colchagua Valley, for €10 each at Tesco

Around the Clock stout is matured in a mix of sherry and bourbon casks.

John Wilson: At 12% alcohol, this ‘crossover beer’ tastes of malt, hops and whiskey

John O’Connell, Denis McCarthy and Ger McCarthy of West Cork Distillery

Three old friends from Union Hall now focus mainly on whiskey and export to 70 nations

If you are concerned about what will happen to your fine Bordeaux, don’t worry

Too much sun means too much booze for some wines. Can new grape varieties help?

Wines for the Weekend: Aldi’s Freeman’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc and Kooliburra Bin 20 Shiraz

Wines for the Weekend: French imports right at home in the southern hemisphere

Bertha’s Revenge Navy Strength gin

Ballyvolane’s Navy Strength gin, at 57.1%, dials up the spices and includes fresh citrus

Parts of the country are warm and sunny, others cool and green, so virtually every style of wine is made

Portugal offers a large variety of great-value wines with a difference

Wines for the Weekend: the clutch of red Bordeaux in Lidl’s French wine sale are all good value for money

Wines for the Weekend: These bottles, from the 16-strong line-up, are great value for money

Cockagee cider

Craft cider is a year-round drink and there are many excellent Irish examples

John Wilson: Portugal has always relied on its own impressive collection of grape varieties

Wines for the Weekend: S Osvaldo Pinot Grigio delle Venezie and Munus Rosso Veronese

Wines for the Weekend: A step-above-the-rest Pinot Grigio and a supple, rounded red blend

You could take the easy route and have the same wine and food delivered to each doorstep

Multi-tasking wines to accompany whatever you're having to celebrate Valentine's Day

A cocktail from Cask in Cork. Photograph: Miki Barlok

Some of these cocktail kits and premixes require booking in advance, but if you hurry, it may not be too late

St Valentine’s Day wines: Costellore prosecco, Laurent Miquel Solas Pinot Noir and Les Beauchamps Viognier

Wines for the Weekend: Prosecco, Viognier and Pinot Noir, plus lots more easy-to-find options

There is a good selection of other organic wines, including the sulphur-free Davida range, as well as special offers on many of their regulars.

The supermarket’s event features eye-catching bottles from outside its regular range

Mark and Vivienne Lucy of Lineman Brewery

Brewery’s Astral stout came second in Craft Brewers Beer of the Year competition

Austrian wine producer Lenz Moser says Ningxia is perfect for cabernet sauvignon, with 3,000 hours of sun a year and an elevation of 1,100 metres.

Austrian wine producer Lenz Moser is now focusing on cabernet sauvignon in Ningxia

Wines for the Weekend: Tesco Finest Picpoul de Pinet and Carmen Cabernet Sauvignon

Wines for the Weekend: A fresh Picpoul de Pinet and a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

Brabazon Series 4

The whiskey spent its final two years in casks from an ancient wine region Carcavelos, near Lisbon

Macon-Uchizy 2019, Saint-Véran 2018, Macon-Villages 2019 and Pouilly-Fuissé 2018.

John Wilson: Easy-drinking chardonnay from France’s Maconnais region

Wines for the Weekend: Lidl’s Organic Bianco Terre Siciliane and Winemaker’s Selection South African Fairtrade Shiraz

Wines for the Weekend: Two good-value bottles to help banish the winter-lockdown blues

Dean McGuinness  runs Premier International Beers, which began importing beer into Ireland in the 1980s.

The father of Irish craft beer on the return of classics and rise of new local brews

Les Deux Cols, La Traversée, Oludeo La Soñadora and Côte 128 Pech Sévignac.

John Wilson: Making wine in France while living in Ireland isn't easy in a pandemic as Simon Tyrrell and his partners found out

Wines for the weekend: Aldi’s Specially Selected Clare Valley Riesling and Toro Loco Superior Orgánico

Weekend wines: Something to lift the spirits, a red for under €7 and a white for under €9

Peter Mosley and Elliot Hughes of Porterhouse Brewing Company, whose Around the Clock Imperial Stout was voted beer of the year by the Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland.

Beer of the year competition shows many brewers here see themselves as stout specialists

Some of the wines Sinéad and Liam Cabot make at the Roka estate in Slovenia. Some of the wines Sinéad and Liam Cabot make at the Roka estate in Slovenia.

How Irish wine producers with European vineyards are coping with Covid-19

Wines for the weekend: Châtelain Desjacques Sauvignon Blanc and Caraguilhes Les Jardins Corbières

Wines for the Weekend: These two O’Briens bottles are from well-known French regions

Jackford Irish potato gin is made by the Stafford family in Co Wexford

John Wilson: Roosters and 11 botanicals give this potato gin its texture and soft flavour

From now on, there will be no case discounts, no buy one, get one free or any multi-buy offers on wine under new regulations. Photograph: iStock

John Wilson: Know the regions that offer greater consistency and value than others

Wines for the Weekend: A refreshing Chenin Blanc and medium-bodied Shiraz from South Africa

 Silk Tree non-alcoholic gin

Husband-and-wife team behind Silk Tree in business for around two and a half years

Lyre’s Amaretti, American Malt and Dark Cane nonalcoholic spirits, and Silk Tree nonalcoholic Irish spirit

John Wilson: The range of low- and no-alcohol options continues to expand

2020: a good vintage, perhaps, just not such a great year. Photograph: iStock

Even in lockdown I unearthed some exciting bottles, including a few from unexpected places

John Wilson’s selection of sparkling, white and red wines for your winter menus cost from €7.86 to €65. Photograph: iStock/Getty

John Wilson picks some of the best sparkling, white and red wines to go with winter meals

Vitalie Taittinger took over as president of the eponymous champagne house early this year.  Champagne sales are expected to drop from 300 million bottles to 200 million a year, dure to the pandemic, creating huge financial uncertainty for growers and producers alike

Vitalie Taittinger took over the family business in a tough year for all champagne producers

Four Irish gin distilleries have come together to offer Coast Road, a Wild Atlantic Way gift pack of miniatures

This holiday season, try serving cider, beer, and fruit wines with your celebratory meals

Leave whites outside over night before drinking, and reds at room temperature

John Wilson’s pick of sparkling wines, plus reds and whites if you’re not having turkey

John Wilson: Selection of wines to go with everything from seafood to turkey to cheese

The Spot family of Mitchell & Son Irish Pot Still Whiskeys

From Teelings to Dingle Distillery to Midleton and more, some of these will sell out very quickly

You need wine that will work well with stuffings, sauces and vegetables

Famille JM Cazes Pauillac, Rizzardi Pinot Grigio, Jean Chartron Rully and La Croix des Mariniers

Wines for the Weekend: The off-licence’s range includes some good inexpensive bottles

The non-alcoholic Everlasting Christmas cocktail created by Vaughan Yates from the Virgin Mary bar in Dublin.

Belfast Coffee is a signature drink from Dave Mulligan of Bar 1661 in Dublin

Four wines   to try over the festive season

Priced from €12.95 to €18.50, this selection of red and white wines offers real value for money

M&S Classics: No 36 Bourgogne Pinot Noir, No 11 Corbières, No 3 Gavi and No 4 Pinot Grigio delle Venezie

Wines for the Weekend: John Wilson on the Classics range of well-priced own-label bottles

Inside Bordeaux provides an assessment of every vintage from 1855, while Wine from another Galaxy would make a great festive gift for the wine lover.

A splendid brace of books on a subject dear to most hearts – delicious wine and its origins

Overall, for the moment, alcohol-free beer is better than alcohol-free wine

Alcohol-free wine is improving, and there are some appetising low-alcohol craft beers

Wines for the Weekend: Paloma de Plata Albariño, Téofilo Reyes Ribera del Duero, Santa Julia Reserva Malbec and Rapaura Springs Rohe–Dillon’s Point

Wines for the Weekend: Dunnes Stores has plenty of other tempting bottles, too

Rye River Brewing’s award-winning beers

You can find Rye River Brewing’s craft beers in Lidl, Tesco and Dunnes Stores

These four wines are all made from biodynamic grapes with minimal intervention

Four wines to try made with biodynamic grapes and minimal intervention

Aldi has a comprehensive selection of seasonal wines

John Wilson’s selection of whites, reds, champagne and port

Gelston’s Old Irish Whiskey range

Latest release, the Single Pot Still Pinot Noir Finish, is full of sweet ripe red fruits

John Wilson: Producers of this week’s wines changed the face of Beaujolais for the better

There are plenty of decent mid-priced wines from Spain and France that go just as well with pizza. Photograph: iStock

Wine snobs turn their noses up at the idea, but most takeaway foods go very well with wine

The Irishman Founder’s Reserve.

Walsh whiskey has nose of toasted nuts, old wood, orange peel and Christmas cake fruits

Greppo, the Biondi Santi estate in Brunello di Montalcino.

The 2012 Riserva is the last vintage produced by the late Franco Biondi Santi

John Wilson: Wine importers offer their favourite wine and game matches

Weekend wines: John Wilson’s recommendations on the supermarket’s new range all under €12

Now you can enjoy three-year-old mead aged in Sauternes barrels for 12 months

John Wilson: Mushroom risotto is a very wine-friendly dish, bringing out the best in most wines

Two classic wines from the New World, from Tesco

Wines for the weekend: Barossa Valley Shiraz from Australia and Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand

Móinéir Blackberry wine, made from Irish blackberries and elderberries, carried off a gold award at the  Blas na hÉireann awards

John Wilson: Wicklow Way Wines wins two Blas na hÉireann awards for Móinéir range

The four Langhe Nebbiolo.

John Wilson: This week’s choice come from some of the best producers in Barolo and Barbaresco 

Two wines from the southern end of the Burgundy region

Wines for the weekend: A red and a white from the region’s south in Aldi this week

Wide Street Brewing Company brings a little Belgium to rural Ireland

‘In rural Ireland, when the beer is good, you don’t have to explain anything’

I have always been fond of Lebanese red wines, but was very pleasantly surprised at a tasting of the textured white wines a few years ago

Importer Mackenway is donating all profits from Ksara wines to the Lebanese Red Cross

Wines for the weekend: Imported directly from Chile, SuperValu's Aresti wines are well-made

Blood Monkey is not an ingredient but a reference to sailors

Outcast Brands' gin has a malted grain base that gives it a white whiskey viscosity

Three under €20, as well as one for your next moment of pure indulgence

Spain makes so many brilliant, fascinating red, white and sparkling wines at good prices

Wines for the weekend: These red and white wines will cover all dinner options

Renaissance Part Two from Teeling follows gold-winning Part One released in 2019

Cheapest of the area’s wines a better bet than inexpensive types from elsewhere in France

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