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

John Wilson: The pick of the bunch from the Lidl French wine sale

Trouble Brewing co-founder Stephen Clinch

Trouble Brewing was part of first wave of Irish craft breweries

I  have always had a fascination with the island wines of the Mediterranean.

John Wilson: These wines are hardly mainstream but I would urge you to try them

Try a wine from Laurent Miquel, one of Languedoc’s most go-ahead producers

John Wilson: The pick of the wines from the Dunnes Stores French wine event

 Peter Mulryan in the Blackwater Distillery

Every two months, Blackwater Tasters Club will send members two 20cl bottles

German Riesling, a snip at €6.99, Loire Chenin Blanc and a cheeky Beaujolais is not Dead

The selection in the sale includes wines from across the world.

There is a wide range of wines from across the globe in O’Brien’s September sale

Maurice O’Connell, the great-great-great grand-nephew of Daniel O’Connell. ‘We are now in a few hotel bars and people can get to try our whiskey and that has made a real difference.’ Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

And yes, Wayward Irish Spirits’s Maurice O’Connell is a descendant of Daniel O’Connell

John Wilson: Many of this month’s offers are in the €8-€10 category

Eoin Tynan and Liam Hanlon, founders of St. Mel’s Brewery. Photograph: Declan Gaffney

Longford brewery’s new beers include a light lager, pale ale and bock lager

John Wilson: Four great buys of this all-purpose ‘little sweet one’ Italian

John Wilson: Here are my picks – three whites and three reds – of the French wines on sale at SuperValu

Sam and Maud Black of Blacks micro-brewery and distillery in Kinsale.

Cork brand started out with some good IPAs but whiskey is driving distillery development

A quality selection of  white wines to pair with all types of seafood dishes

Importers come up with their favourite fish dish and wine matches

Wines for the Weekend: They may be own-label wines, but these are made by well respected names

Singer Kylie Minogue: a rose, merlot and  a sauvignon blanc are part of her range of wines

Surprisingly the singer’s wines,which can be bought for €12.99, are from France and not Australia

Dingle Distillery

Dingle Single Malt Small Batch No 5 was due out for St Patrick’s Day but got delayed

John Wilson: A French variety that has been adopted with great success

Wines for the Weekend: O’Briens’ Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2019 and Domaine la Sarabande Misterioso 2017

Wines for the Weekend: White from Henri Bourgeois and full-bodied red are real steals

Gráinne Walsh and Tim Barber, co-owners of Metalman

The Waterford brewery’s excellent pale ale is its best seller but it continues to branch out

South African wines have been receiving rave reviews internationally for the past decade or so

John Wilson: This region has been behind some exciting new wines in recent times

Lidl Winemaker’s Selection Marlborough Awatere Sauvignon Blanc and Marlborough Pinot Noir

Wines for the Weekend: Lidl’s Awatere Sauvignon Blanc and Marlborough Pinot Noir

Liam Tutty of Dead Centre Brewing

The craft brewery’s Athlone base was named most innovative pub in Leinster last year

Sales of rosé in Ireland grew last year, although it still accounts for only about 6% of our wine consumption

John Wilson: I have shifted from my curmudgeonly ‘won’t pay more than €15 for a rosé’ stance

Wines for the Weekend: Aldi’s Wilde Reben Riesling and Berghang Zweigelt

Wines for the Weekend: John Wilson picks up some bargain bottles from Aldi

White wine tastes so much better if it isn’t served too cold

Staycation with these and you’ll have such a good time, you won’t feel you’re missing out

Santa Rita: Medalla Real Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, each €16 from SuperValu

Wines for the Weekend: These Santa Rita Medalla Real reservas are worth treating yourself to

O’Hara’s Tropical IPA

The 24-year-old brewery is releasing two new beers and has launched an online shop

Four bottles of red to take on a staycation; (from L-R) Tolo do Xisto 2016 Ribeira Sacra, Clos Lojen Bobal 2019, Portela do Vento, Daterra Viticultores, Vticultura de Montaña 2018 and Cantina di Nizza, `Le Pole` Barbera d’Asti 2018.

Three reasonably priced, medium-bodied reds plus a splash of Galician indulgence

Ventoux red 2019 and Ventoux rosé 2019.

A red and rosé from Ventoux with fruity flavours that are perfect for summer

Lough Ree Distillery’s Sling Shot Irish Gin

The Co Longford distillery has big plans and an experimental bent, including using peat

Avril Kirrane and Johnny McMorrough of Boutique Wines.

Ireland’s specialist online wine shops used the lockdown as an opportunity to innovate

M&S Classic Range will eventually grow to more than 30 wines

John Wilson: Series of 16 wines for up to €17.50 offers sound examples of the greats

A white and a red from Mâcon in the southern part of Burgundy and near Beaujolais offer great value for money

Let someone else do all the heavy-lifting and get a Vintage Cocktail Club set delivered to your door

Create your own cocktail bar at home with our list of the best premixed drinks and kits

While he may not make the wine, John Malkovich is very involved in the project

The actor on wine-making in Provence, a love of pinot noir and why he couldn't name his wine Dangerous Liaisons

Adrienne Heslin (left) has been running the West Kerry Brewery  since 2008. Photograph: Daniel Flynn

Brewery has created new small-batch beers: a red ale aged in madeira cask and festive IPA aged in Dingle Whiskey bourbon barrels

Robert Barrett and his wife Bhagya recently opened the first new distillery in Cork city in almost 50 years.

Husband-and-wife team behind Rebel City Distillery plan to launch various premium products

These light Italian white wines work well with salads or plain fish dishes, or simply to sip before dinner

John Wilson: Italy’s Veneto makes wines just as good (and better) than its famous names

Wines for the Weekend: Apremont Vin de Savoie and Collin-Bourisset Morgon, both from Lidl

Wines for the Weekend: John Wilson on two French bottles, one familiar, one less so

Sliabh Liag founders Moira Doherty and James Doherty: ‘Our gin is different, and savoury. It is not a pretty, sweet gin. It polarises, but a lot of people really like it.’

Sliabh Liag’s An Dúlamán Gin is full of delicious saline umami and juniper

Four wines from grapes which have been cultivated far from their original homes

From Pinot Noir in California to Chardonnay in Italy – grapes growing well in new homes

Wines for the weekend: Aldi’s Pierre Jaurant Muscadet and Maison Rouge Beaujolais

Wines for the Weekend: John Wilson on a pair of sub-€10 bargains from Aldi’s line-up

Made from 50 per cent grain and 50 per cent malt whiskies, Velvet Cap was finished in a mix of bourbon, port and stouted rye casks.

John Wilson: Famous for its gins, Blackwater Distiller releases its first whiskey

Dial up the wine flavours, as barbecued food has more going on.  

John Wilson: Steak, lamb cutlets, kofte, sausages and burgers – what goes best?

Domaine Begude Terroir 11300 Chardonnay and Château Girard Cuvée Arthur Minervois, both from O’Briens

Wines for the Weekend: John Wilson on a pair of great-value bottles from France’s largest wine region

Drumshanbo: ‘We’ve done all the heavy lifting ourselves. Everything was done from start to finish in the Shed,’ says Pat Rigney of the Co Leitrim distillery

Another Round: John Wilson samples five releases, including a €500 28-year-old reserve

John Wilson: Give your red some time in the fridge for that extra mouth-watering freshness

Wines for the Weekend: La Burgondie Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Wines for the Weekend: John Wilson finds good value from a top co-operative at Tesco

Last year their cider  was awarded one of the top 10 ciders in the world by Cider Explorer.

Highbank Orchards went chemical free in 1986 and are now reaping the rewards

While Txacolí goes well with tapas of all kinds, it is best with seafood and shellfish

Txakolí is a very acidic, crisp wine with a light spritz, and it’s getting better

Two to try: Schiefer Steillage Riesling and Domaine de Sainte-Marthe Syrah, both from Dunnes Stores

Wines for the Weekend: John Wilson picks two bottles to try from Dunnes Stores

Business Post  drinks columnist Tomás Clancy. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The newspaper’s wine and spirits writer is remembered for his erudition and wit

The exclusive Redbreast is made from whiskeys that are at least 28-years-old.

Whiskey drinkers can enter a special ballot to be in with a chance of buying €490 bottle

Drinking wine will bring back memories of the vineyard, the people who made it or a dinner shared with family and friends.

What could be better than manzanilla or fino sherry sipped in the shade of a hot day?

Marks & Spencer’s This Is... Soft & Tropical, Fresh & Fruity, Fizzy & Fresh and Rich & Spicy

Wines for the Weekend: John Wilson on Marks & Spencer’s new This Is... range

Eight Degrees was set up in 2010 by Scott Baigent (left) and Cam Wallace.

Business is continuing with orders for off licences and supermarkets

John Wilson: These fresh, crisp whites are from less mainstream grapes and regions

Lidl line-up: the supermarket seems to have put a concerted effort into improving its wines

Wines for the Weekend: John Wilson on the supermarket’s best new whites and reds

Larkin’s first beers were launched in March 2018, but there was a long gestation period

‘There is nothing quite like being in a pub and seeing someone buying something you made,’ says of Cillian Fahy Larkin’s Brewery

Provence rosé and lookalikes may be all the rage, but there are plenty of other styles of very good pink wine available

Wines for the Weekend: Castelnau Aigue Marine Picpoul de Pinet and La Gauphine Syrah Grenache

Wines for the Weekend: John Wilson picks a white and a red on special offer at O’Briens

The 440-hectare mixed farm that is home to Ballykilcavan Brewery used to supply barley to St James’s Gate, but prices were poor.

Ballykilcavan Brewery plan on opening a visitor centre and tap room in near future

Traditional ceramic vessels for making wine in a village in Georgia. Photograph: iStock

John Wilson: In Armenia and Georgia, wine was traditionally aged in clay amphorae

These medium-bodied reds go very nicely with the smoky heat of the barbecue

Dungarvan Mine Head: a nicely aromatic, very satisfying beer with a lovely crisp dry finish

“We thought we’d be having a big party,” says one of the brewery's founders

John Wilson: We’ve been slow to shop for wine on the web, but that’s all changed now

Wines for the Weekend: Aldi’s Pierre Jaurant Languedoc Rosé and Fleurs de Prairie Sparkling Brut Rosé

Wines for the Weekend: John Wilson on two French rosés, one still, one sparkling, both Aldi

Teeling Whiskey is still trying to come to terms with the new reality

Company hopes distillery and visitor centre can reopen in June for its five-year anniversary

As with meat dishes, think about matching the weight and intensity of a food with the wine

John Wilson: Whether it’s a light salad or full-bodied casserole, there’s a wine to match

Wines for a sunny weekend: Delheim Pinotage Rosé and Gérard Bertrand Côtes des Roses, both from O’Briens

Wines for the Weekend: John Wilson picks two bottles from O’Briens’ rosé promotion

White Gypsy brewer Cuilan Loughnane

Brewer Cuilan Loughnane had a brainwave to solve the conundrum when drinking sake

The Romans originally established many of the great wine regions. Photograph: iStock

John Wilson: The regions of Campania, Calabria and Puglia are unfairly overlooked

From Dunnes Stores: Domaine de la Bastide Reserve Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

Wines for the weekend: Domaine de la Bastide Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

Black Donkey Brewery in Ballinlough, Co Roscommon

Craft breweries are struggling to avoid closure after the loss of pub sales

Good with spring lamb: Celler del Roure Vermell, Geil Riesling, Domaine Brusset La Bastide Rasteau and Principiano Nebbiolo d’Alba ‘Coste’

John Wilson: Support local retailers with these choices from Italy, Spain, France and Germany

Both from O’Briens: Jean-Marc Brocard Petit Chablis and Clos Sainte Anne Côtes de Bordeaux

Wines for the Weekend: John Wilson picks a classy Petit Chablis and Côtes de Bordeaux

Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey is aged in casks charred using Co Clare seaweed

Beaujolais: If you are serving a range of different foods such as vegetables, salads, meat and fish, it is the best all-purpose wine.

10 crus of Beaujolais offer fantastic value and are all instantly drinkable

11 wines for the weekend: the pick of Aldi’s spring-summer range

John Wilson selects his favourites from Aldi’s new line-up, all for €7.49-€12.99

Redbreast 25: The port element comes shining through, bringing a rich fruity element to the whiskey

There are plans to release a single batch of this every year, 850 cases for the entire world

Four to try: virtually all red Burgundy is made from the Pinot Noir grape

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