But is it art? Judges at work at the Latte Art World Championship Open in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP

In numbers: Wine o’clock 9.1 million Cases of wine consumed by Irish consumers last year, up 100,000 cases (or litres) on the year before. 5 Perce(...)

The scale of the so-called gig economy isn’t as significant as some reports suggest, according to a new study by the ESRI.

Revenue officials have been doing their sums ahead of October’s budget and reckon the Government could raise €433 million in Budget 2019 by introducin(...)

Irish consumers pay excise of €3.19 on a standard bottle of wine and €6.37 on sparkling wine.

Irish consumers downed a record 9.1 million cases of wine last year, despite complaints from the trade that the excise duty on wine is too high. The (...)

The Irish Wine Association  says the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will effectively require producers to put an “Irish only” label for products sold in the Republic. Photograph: iStock

A measure to put health labelling on alcohol products will have a “devastating effect on Ireland’s wine importers” and will “increase business costs s(...)

Wine sales: drinking up

We like a glass of wine, or two, or maybe more, to judge by the Irish Wine Association’s (IWA) report for last year. Wine sales grew to nine million c(...)

Wine consumption in Ireland hit a record-equalling 9 million last year, matching the figure for 2011. Photograph: PA

Irish wine sales are booming again with a record-equalling 9 million cases sold last year, according to a report from the Irish Wine Association (IWA)(...)

Grapes of wrath: since 2012, excise on wine has risen by 62 per cent in Ireland with the tax take from a standard €9 bottle increasing from 39 per cent to 54 per cent. Photograph: EPA

Excise on wine is now 106 times higher in Ireland than in France, according to a new study, which reveals that despite this, sales continue to reboun(...)

The return of domestic demand may being adding a degree of fizz to the economy but Irish drinkers are shunning Champagne, the popularity of which was (...)

ISME chief executive Mark Fielding said today’s budget would go some way towards helping Ireland to regain its competitiveness. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Reaction from the business community to today’s budget was mixed. The retention of the 9 per cent VAT rate for the hospitality sector was broadly welc(...)

 The excise increase of 41 per cent imposed on wine in last year’s budget was significantly higher than the increases imposed on other alcoholic beverages.

The Irish Wine Association has appealed to the Government to reverse excise duty increases to protect Ireland’s competitiveness as a tourist destinati(...)