Wines for the weekend: Marks & Spencer’s Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico and Terres de Moraines Madiran

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: Two bargains from M&S’s autumn line-up

Mayo made: the Mescan brewery has been expanding its line-up of beers

Another Round: John Wilson on Mescan, whose Belgian-style beers are for savouring

Three of this week’s wines cost less than €12, the other less than €20. All four should help ward off those winter blues

John Wilson: Vegetarian dishes with mushrooms go well with fuller-bodied reds

Lidl French wine sale: Expression de Saint Mont and Collin-Bourisset Morgon

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: Two more to try from Lidl’s French wine sale

The edible capsules, which contain 23ml of Glenlivet whiskey cocktail, were likened to  the Tide Pod Challenge of 2018

Scottish whisky company Glenlivet has created shot-sized capsules. Not everyone thinks they are a great idea

John Wilson: Soave can be ideal alternative to Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc

Dot Brew: Shane Kelly’s Irish craft brewery made a beer using Champagne yeast and white-wine casks; the dab of orange paint is a nod to old, unlabelled Belgian beers that were identified by colour. Photograph: Tom O’Hora

Another Round: John Wilson on how Dot Brew has developed with help from a key fan

Wines worth trying: Domaine Deux Vallons Muscadet and Les Pierres Cabardès

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: A crisp Muscadet and an elegant Cabardès

Four Horsemen: Kim, Putin, May and Trump

Another Round: Don’t make the mistake of overlooking one of our first craft breweries

Powerful Italians: Ciello Rosso,  Fabrizio Vella, Tenuta la Favola and Baglio Rosso organic Nero d’Avolas

John Wilson: These Nero d’Avolas go well with hearty autumn and winter meat dishes

The rosé is packed with fruit and perfect for spicy curries and the red is ideal with winter stews casseroles

Over the next few months you can expect to see many new and interesting wines arrive on the shelves of your local wine shop.

John Wilson: New wines are appearing on shelves in a seasonal refreshing of portfolios

Method and Madness: the new whiskies are two very distinct and different additions to the market

Another Round: Irish Distillers launch two new whiskies under the Method and Madness label

O’Briens wine sale: Les Secrets de Sophie Touraine and  St Hallett Gamekeeper’s Shiraz Grenache Touriga

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: One French, one Australian, both from O’Briens

Magazine wine September 2019. Brazilian Soul Premium Selection Tannat, Garzón Tannat Reserva, Petite Arvine 2017 from Domaine René Favre and Pretty Pony from Kanaan Winery

John Wilson: There are a number of niche alternatives to France, Italy or Spain worth considering

Holo was set up by twin brothers Pádraig and Adrian Hyde who started off brewing beer

From the Dunnes sale: Château Bellevue La Forêt and Château Siran Margaux

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: An Irish-owned Fronton and a classic Bordeaux

Stonewell: Daniel Emerson and his wife, Géraldine

Another Round: Stonewell Cider founders Daniel Emerson and his wife, Géraldine

Viano ‘Hillside’ Red NV, Napa Valley; Folk Machine ‘Parts & Labor’ Red 2016, California; Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014, Sta. Rita Hills; and Anthill Farms Syrah 2016, Campbell Ranch Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

John Wilson: Intrepid importers are finally bringing middle ground producers to Ireland

SuperValu savers: La Petite Perrière Sauvignon Blanc and Alma Cersius Coteaux de Béziers Rouge

John Wilson’s Wines for the Weekend: A pair of good-value bottles from SuperValu’s sale

Knappagoue Castle Marsala:  a 12-year-old single-malt that spent three years in Marco de Bertoli Marsala casks.

Ally Alpine talks of the retailing and auctioning of fine spirits

There is a richness and generosity to the wines that I really enjoy when I want something a little different

John Wilson: These are great wines to pair with more robust chicken and fish dishes

Both from O’Briens: Les Secrets de Sophie Touraine Sauvignon Blanc and Solar 6 Syrah from Gérard Betrand

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: A Syrah and a Sauvignon Blanc from France

Crafty: producers can now sell their beer, wine and cider directly to the public. Photograph: Hero/Getty

Another Round: Cellar-door sales should boost craft wine, beer and cider producers

All of the wines listed below are made from blends, all 100 per cent Portuguese.

Quality of white wine has increased across the country in recent years

Aldi’s Exquisite Collection Rías Baixas Albariño and Wairarapa Pinot Noir

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: A good-value Aldi Albariño and Pinot Noir

Quincey Fennelly, co-owner of Wicked Wolf Brewery.

Another Round: Visitors to Wicklow Wolf’s new brewery will get the chance to sample its latest creation, Fuzzy Logic

John Wilson: Fino and its cousin manzanilla are terrific with just about any food

Ruairí and Marie-Thérèse de Blacam in the polytunnel where they grow produce for their Inis Meáin Restaurant.

The bedrooms may book out immediately but it doesn’t mean you can’t eat in this wonderful restaurant

Vega Roja Chardonnay and Tempranillo-Shiraz, both €8 from branches of Centra

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: A pair of good-value bottles from Centra

Loch Measc Gin, Listoke 1777 cacao and raspberry gin and Grace O’Malley heather-infused gin

Top-quality offerings from Grace O’Malley, Listoke and Loch Measc Gin

Price tag of top range Riesling will put most people off but there are some cheaper, mouth-watering alternatives

Wines for the weekend: Vaugelas Les Falaises and Belrose Méditerranée Rosé

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: Two bottles to try from Dunnes Stores

The red apparently comes from the addition of a small amount of barley. Photograph: iStock

Another round: The beer nuts might look down on red ale, but it has much to offer

Cabernet Francs from Langlois-Château, Domaine Guion, Y Amirault and Château Fouquet

John Wilson: One of my favourite grapes produces fragrant, light and fruity wines

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: Convenience at a keen price

Cider can claim to be one of the most ancient Irish drinks of all. Photograph: iStock Cider can claim to be one of the most ancient Irish drinks of all. Photograph: iStock

John Wilson: Most bottles are 100% Irish, made from apples grown around the country

Two wines for a weekend with decent weather

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: a zesty white and a fresh pink from Dunnes

Peter Mulryan  has  produced a string of innovative gins, flavoured with  strawberries, raspberries and even Barry’s Tea, as well as the highly successful standard Blackwater No 5 gin

Another Round: Blackwater distillery has developed a Tanora gin made with tangerine peel

Nowadays the best wines have a wonderful fragrance, and delicate just-ripe cherry fruits.

The Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes have improved hugely over the past decade

Both wines are available at SuperValu

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: a Chilean sauvignon and a Beaujolais

There are few things so quintessentially French as a glass of fresh, fruity Beaujolais accompanied by a crusty baguette, a hunk of cheese, a few slices of ham, rosette salami and a nice green salad.

John Wilson: celebrate the French National holiday with four of the best-known names in French wine

Whiplash: Sophie de Vere’s artwork on the cans – for (top row) Rollover, Body Riddle and Bone Machine, and (bottom row) Let It Happen, Fantasm Planes and Gravity’s Rainbow – is as good as the beer inside them

Another Round: Whiplash brewery plans to open have hit some problems, but the Fidelity beer festival should make up for it

John Wilson: Try these four bottles, all of which contain no more than 12.5% alcohol

Belter of a brew: O Brother’s The Chancer American pale ale now comes in cans

Another Round: I’m lucky to have O Brother and a few other great breweries nearby

John Wilson’s wines for a Fourth of July weekend:  Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling and Craft 3 Zinfandel

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: A light Washington white and a powerful California red

Some argue that the distinctive flavour of some wines, such as Marlborough sauvignon blanc, are entirely down to the strain of yeast used, rather than any unique climatic conditions.

John Wilson: The lexicon of vinification may help you enjoy that glass a little more

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: a juicy verdejo and a half price rioja gran reserva

Great value: Crozes-Hermitage and St Joseph lie between Hermitage and Côte Rôtie

John Wilson: More expensive wines are frequently better value for money: try a good St Joseph or Crozes-Hermitage

Wines for the weekend: Tesco Finest Côtes de Gascogne and Réserve des Tuguets Madiran

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: these holiday bargains from Tesco will not disappoint

John Wilson: Provence rosé has grown ever since exploding onto the scene a decade ago

Wines for the weekend: Marks & Spencer Cava Brut NV and Val de Loire Sauvignon Blanc 2018, both €10.50

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: A bargain Cava and a Sauvignon, both M&S

Whether you call it Alvarinho or Albariño, this is a perfect match for all kinds of shellfish, as well as octopus and hake

Plump, ripe pears and peaches, citric acidity and a touch of salt. Who could resist?

A rosé for the sunny days and a red for the cooler ones

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: A sunny weather rosé and a cooler day red

John Wilson: Beaujolais is the perfect alfresco wine, great with barbecues

Wines for the weekend: SuperValu’s Ricossa Gavi and Santodeno organic Sangiovese

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: The pick of SuperValu’s Italian festival

John Wilson: From Grillo to Nero d’Avola the island produces wines with their own unique character

Everything’s coming up rosé: Delheim Pinotage and Rós Garnacha

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: One South African, one Spanish, both O’Briens

John Wilson: With grapes ripening earlier, different varieties are going into your bottles

Wine for the weekend: Bordeaux wines may not seem very summery, but they go very well with barbecued food

Rieslings from Aldi, Wittmann, Zinck and Immich-Batterieberg

European or Australian, Riesling is perhaps the greatest white grape variety

Wines for the weekend: Merinas Old Vine Tempranillo and Quadro Sei Gavi, both from Marks & Spencer

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: A Spanish Tempranillo and an Italian Gavi

Try serving lighter red wines cool, or chilled, to best appreciate their nuances

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: Tesco Finest Aglianico and Pecorino

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: Pecorino and Aglianico, Italian gems from Tesco

Bring out those lighter reds and refreshing white wines that may have seemed anaemic a few weeks ago

It’s an ideal time of year for Lambrusco, Grüner Veltliner, Albariño and Chablis

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: Picciò Syrah and Fuedi di San Gregorio Albente, both from Lidl

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: dip into Lidl’s Italian selection

Winemaker Roberto Henriques with colleagues in the Itata valley in Chile.

The cool-climate region of Itata has vines as much as 200 years old

Aldi wine: the supermarket's €6.99 Toro Loco and slightly more expensive Muscadet

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: Aldi’s Toro Loco, plus its zingy €8.99 Muscadet

Easter parade: as lamb is one of the most wine-friendly meats of all, this is the time to show off your finest reds

John Wilson: Tradition dictates a Bordeaux, but don’t forget about Italy and Spain, too

John Wilson’s wines for the weekend: A Pinot Grigio with character and a Pinot Noir at a bargain price

Galician grapes: harvesting above the River Sacra. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty

John Wilson: Spain has everything from light, crisp Txacolís to full-bodied Monastrells

John Wilson picks his favourites from Aldi's spring-summer wine collection

John Wilson: Not every Malbec is the stereotypical oaky alcoholic monster

Irish gins: Boyle’s Irish Botanical Gin, Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, Graham Norton’s Own Irish Gin and Method & Madness Irish Gin

Four Irish gins: Boyle’s, Drumshanbo Gunpowder, Method & Madness, Graham Norton’s Own

Ireland’s favourite family dinner: we like a traditional roast best of all. Photograph: E+/Getty

John Wilson: There’s a bottle for all the best dishes, be it a roast or bacon and cabbage

Rhône star: one of Yann Chave’s Crozes-Hermitage vineyards

They’re not cheap, but, stuck below the radar, these Rhône whites are great value

Tempranillo means “little early one” as it ripens earlier than garnacha.

John Wilson: Spain’s most widely planted red grape produces generally light, fruity wines

Organic wine in Paris. Photograph: Vincent Isore/IP3/Getty Images

Most of us automatically think that organic wine is more natural, and in some ways it is

With 850 grape varieties in use in Italian wine, even the nerdiest of wine nerds will find something new to try

John Wilson: These four glorious ‘unknowns’ will send your taste buds into overdrive

Pinot pairings: Pinot Noir goes with most dishes, including salmon and tuna as well as white meats, duck and game. It also partners well with lightly spicy Chinese and Indian food. Photograph: iStock/Getty

It’s silky, smooth, even sexy. How can you go wrong? Try these four from New Zealand

This is the leanest time of year for independent wine shops, so we should try to support them. Photograph: iStock

John Wilson: Try your local independent wine shops for real value for money

Irish wine: harvesting grapes at the Lusca vineyard, in north Co Dublin. Photograph: @davidsorchard/Twitter

Wales has more than 15 vineyards. That’s promising for us, too – as are these Irish bottles

Seáneen Sullivan  in L Mulligan Grocer’s bar in Stoneybatter, Dublin which she co-owns. Photograph: James Forde for the Irish Times

Traditionally a male-dominated industry, women are making their mark in the world of Irish whiskey

Photograph: iStock

John Wilson: Four big, rich and powerful wines from Catalonia

Dry January: actually, I try to avoid alcohol three days a week throughout the year. Illustration: Digital Vision/iStock/Getty

From kombucha to kefir, soft drinks are so much more interesting than they used to be

Roman relief depicting people carrying amphorae in a wine cellar. (Photo By DEA / A. DAGLI ORTI/De Agostini/Getty Images)

There is a move away from modern to traditional wine methods

Party wines should not be too high in alcohol, but easy to drink with or without food. Photograph: iStock

These 20 great party wines are guaranteed crowd-pleasers

According to retailers,  sales of fortified wines increase exponentially as Christmas nears

John Wilson: It’s Christmas so let’s beef up the wine with a little more alcohol

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Some are old favourites, some are new, but all are well worth trying over the holidays

It’s worth splashing out a few more euro for your white wine this time of year, you’ll notice the difference

John Wilson lists his favourite whites for the season, with two bonus mentions

Unlike turkey, goose welcomes tannins and eats them up. Photograph: Getty Images

Whether you’re having turkey or goose will have a big bearing on your wine choice

Christmas sparkles: Irish independent wine sellers are stocking some great bubbles for the season

John Wilson picks his favourite bottles of bubbly wines from independent merchants

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?

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