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

Wine plays an important role in any successful party. Choosing a wine that will impress your friends (even the wine nerds) is not difficult once you f(...)

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

Most of the really interesting wines are made by small producers, usually a family business with two or three employees. Typically, they grow their ow(...)

Businesses such as the Bud Garden Centre in Clare tested the waters as a pop-up before diving in

The pop-up shop is a retail concept that allows enterprising individuals to try their idea out to see how it might go down with the public before comm(...)

Everything is Irish on the breakfast menu at Pembroke Townhouse,  in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, with  plenty of scones, cakes, and traditional breads, all made in-house. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

ALL PIG, ALL DAY There’s always strong demand for “Pig in a Day” classes that teach the rudiments of butchering a pig and putting every bit of (...)

He doesn’t have the data to back up his hunch, but Adrian Cummins suspects a lot of men buy restaurant vouchers as Christmas gifts. The chief executi(...)