Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Price 'em up to knock 'em down

The above is a very nice Montepulciano d'Abruzzo from a producer called Zaccagnini - it is a wine that we have carried pretty much since we started up - it is a very pleasant, juicy mid-priced Montepulciano, fair value for its price which used to be sub €15, now you will find it in many independents priced around €17-18 after the duty increases in recent budgets. We call it "Twiggy" because of the little stick tied on to the front.

Still, at €17.95 I think it represents reasonable value for money.

Then I see it in Supervalu on promotion at €15 - I don't particularly mind this as we occasionally get undercut by retailers with bigger purchasing power than us and we try to respond as best we can if this happens. However, what surprised me was that it was on promotion as reduced from €23 down to €15!

This is a wine which was never €23 and for Supervalu to try and portray this as a 35% discount when it is clearly a (max) 16% discount is, in my view a blatant attempt to swindle consumers.

This is an issue which I think should be tackled with more vigour by our wine writers but perhaps they shy away from it given that the main culprits also happen to be major newspaper advertisers....

There is a consumer story here that, if it was on bread or milk, would be a major scandal, but wine apparently is fair game for this kind of malpractice.

Anyway, Twiggy, now only €15! Reduced from €18.....

Friday, March 20, 2015

Sweet 16

We are 16 years old this week, so we are offering 20% of all wine this weekend (Friday and Saturday) if you buy 6 bottles or more.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Grand stretch in the evenings

Happy Thursday

Due to popular demand, we will be back open till 8.30pm now on Thursdays (as well as Friday & Saturday) - our €5 corkage deal is now available EVERY DAY!

Next Wine Event

A date for you Diary - Friday, March 6th - we will have our friends from Villa Locatelli / Angoris in beautiful Friuli over early March and we will be hosting a wine dinner in Fitzpatricks Killiney Castle on the date at 7.30pm - we will have a sparkling wine reception and the taste 4 wines with a matching menu from the team in Fitzpatricks - all for €45. Book your place with Carol as usual on 01 2353054 and we will have more info closer to the time.

Wine Deal for the next few weeks

Also from Friuli, Pradio are lovely wines and we have their Sauvignon Blanc and Refosco on a 2 for €30 deal at the moment - a saving of €3 per bottle. They will be open over the weekend if you want to try them.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Wine Dinner in Beaufield Mews - February 6th

Ok, January is nearly over so we feel in need of a decent Wine Dinner and where better to start than with 2 of our favourite places - Bordeaux and Beaufield Mews.

We have Lionel Latorse from Vignobles Latorse coming over to guide us through a range of wines from AC Bordeaux Sec through to Saint Emilion Grand Cru and we will match it with some classic dishes in the warm and elegant surrounds of Beaufield Mews.

It all kicks off on Friday, February 6th at 7.30pm with a drinks reception and will follow with a delicious 3 course dinner with wines to match.

The cost for all your food and wine is €50 per person.

We hope you can join us for what will be a special evening.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Why Leo Varadkar shocked me yesterday

After hearing about Leo Varadkar coming out on the radio yesterday (I think we all knew didn't we?....good-looking man, no sign of a girlfriend etc etc...) I had a look on his twitterfeed to see he was proudly proclaiming that he is "on the dry" for January as part of the campaign by the Irish Heart Foundation.

I know they mean well and I believe the Irish Heart Foundation do great work (I have a family history that makes me think I might need their support at some stage). I also know that Minister Varadkar has to come out and support these initiatives, but I think it misses the point on a few fronts.

Firstly, what we should all aspire to is a sensible and healthy approach to alcohol in our society. Binging at Christmas and fasting in January is neither healthy nor sensible - it is the alcohol equivalent of yo-yo dieting. It will do nothing except reinforce bad habits. Whatever happened to moderation?

Secondly, giving up wine at any time of year is clearly a bad idea as the health benefits of wine consumption in moderation are well documented at this stage, but January is a particularly bad month to try and give up. It is a month when you need warmth and comfort - big casseroles and a glass of red by the fire. It is too cold and miserable to even contemplate water with your dinner.

Lastly, January is grim enough for us wine merchants with those ridiculous new years resolutions without having some officially sanctioned campaign to give it up altogether! Drink less, but drink better - that's what I say - all year round!

Now, where did I put my runners.....

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Annual Wine Fair next Thursday and John Wilson tomorrow

Annual Wine Fair - Thursday November 13th


So, just a quick reminder about our 16th (!) Annual Wine Fair next week in Fitzpatricks Killiney Castle from 6-9pm. Carol and myself have been putting together a great list of nearly 100 wines for you to taste. We have a LOT of new stuff in this year, so it will be a great night. If you choose to put in an order, you will avail of some great prices on the night. Ticket are €10 but call in to the shop and speak nicely to Carol and I'm sure she will look after you. Hope to see you next Thursday!

Last Call for Rentacrowd!
John Wilson (Irish Times wine writer) is launching his new book tomorrow (Friday 7th) evening at 5.30pm in the shop. Please call in, we will be sampling a few of his recommendations and he will be signing copies...what better way to start the weekend?

See you soon,


Monday, November 3, 2014

Upcoming Events

It's that time of year again - Halloween is over and the all too quick run in to Christmas (I am officially allowed) begins...we have a couple of things happening to get you in the mood.

Book Launch Friday 7th at 5.30

First up, the Irish Times' wine scribe, John Wilson, is paying us a visit this Friday 7th at 5.30pm to launch his new book Wilsononwine  - in which he describes his favourite wines of the year. We will be tasting a selection of his recommendations in the shop from 5.30pm sharp.

This is a free event but it will be short and sweet as we have normal Friday business to get on with as well so we hope you can pop in.

Wine Fair Thursday 13th from 6pm to 9pm

This is our 16th Wine Fair and it is still one of our favourite nights of the year - we will have a huge range of great wines open for tasting and we have had quite an influx of new wines this year so we are really looking forward to sharing them with you. As always there will be great discounts available on the night so that our great customers can get some of their Christmas shopping done at very keen prices.

Apart from anything else, it is a brilliant night out - tickets are available now for €10 from the shop - call Carol on 01 2353054 for more information.