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photo credit: emdot An email from Dermot Nolan MW the other day prompted me to have another look at the WSET Diploma course to see whether or not I wanted to apply to do it. I really enjoyed completing the WSET advanced course and my wine knowledge increased immensely. But the diploma course is a [...]

Time for Twebt the Fifth

It’s that time again. The next wine blind tasting via Twitter is scheduled to take place on Sunday the 27th of June at 9pm. photo credit: theilr Hosted by Kevin and Brian, wine supplied by Red Nose Wine, details can be found here. So if you fancy a spot of wine observing, sniffing, tasting and [...]

Twebt the fourth

And this time its a white wine. Taking place this Sunday, April 25th at 9pm, Twebt (the twitter wine blind tasting), with mystery bottle provided by O’Briens wines . If you’re in Cork city, you may want to meet with others in the Sextant on Albert Quay. Check out Brian’s blog for pointers to how [...]

Wine Tastings Galore

Over the past few days the following upcoming wine tastings have come to my attention. The first one is from Red Nose Wine tomorrow night in Clonmel, costs €10 and features Samuel Guibert of Mas de Daumas Gassac. O’Briens in Bray are having a tasting of their new Italian and Spanish wines in aid of  [...]

Twebt the third is almost upon us

Next Sunday, March 7th 2010 sees the third twitter wine blind tasting (twebt). This time Karwig Wines is providing the mystery wine bottle at the bargain price of €19 delivered to your door anywhere in Ireland or €15 should you wish to collect it from the warehouse in Carrigaline. Ably organised by Brian Clayton and [...]

Wine Grape Varietals – Concise guide

I really love the guide to wine grape varietals that Michael Siegler at has produced. He succinctly and cleverly describes over 35 varietals and blends under the following categories: pronunciation top regions type of food to pair with food dish suggestions cooking method pictorial representation of aromas taste bar graph description notable info Just [...]

Eye catching Wine label design

Via Love this minimalistic wine label design titled “The Optimist Wine Bottle”. Is the glass half empty or half full? Once you tilt the bottle to pour the wine the graphic shows the full glass. Designed by Greg Bennett for Siquis, you can read much more, including interesting production details, here in the Dieline [...]

Where would you go?

Paul’s mention of of wine tours in his blogpost and Ryanair commencing direct flights from Cork to Bordeaux recently got me thinking.  Which wine regions are on my wishlist to visit and tour? photo credit: mescon Gaining an interest in wine mainly in my 30s which coincided with my pregnancy, infant and young children years, [...]

Never cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink

Via Springwise: I kinda like this idea from Acadamie Wines, a Californian Wine producer. They offer 4 different blends of wine in 375ml bottles to suit cooking with different types of food. Never again would you have to reach for old, stale, leftover wine whilst creating your culinary masterpieces in the kitchen. These would be [...]

Terrific Twebt Returns

After the fun and success of the first Twitter Event Blind Tasting (twebt), Brian and Kevin with the able assistance of local Curious Wines have organised the second twebt for next Sunday, 31st of January at 8pm. Anyone can join in and all are welcome. This is definitely just for fun and it really doesn’t [...]

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