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Best Wine Website in Ireland

December 13th, 2010

An audacious Title, but so says Tomas Clancy in the Sunday Business Post. If you don’t believe me, look !!!

Tomas Clancy of SBP crowns Red Nose Wine the best website in Ireland

Tomas Clancy of SBP crowns Red Nose Wine the best website in Ireland

I knew Tomas liked the site but not this much. Mr Clancy called the sector “ferociously competitive” and called Red Nose Wine’s site “Dynamic” and referred to its “hugely attractive design, vibrant and engaging blog and some great, well priced wines”. We are choosing to ignore of course that he referred to it as www.rednosewines.ie instead of www.rednosewine.com but frantic Sunday morning online domain registering and redirecting solves that little issue. Much thanks to Martin at the “ever-ready on a Sunday” MyHost.ie

I really should celebrate this and to be honest, last night I did manage to open a bottle of Vosne Romanee so that’s not a bad start, but to share this with the customers, all online order this week will get 15% off by puting in ‘SBPAward’ into the coupon on checkout.

Vosne Romanee

So, once again. Thanks for all the support and a special thanks to Liam Chivers and his MetroNet team for the design and the South Tipperary Enterprise Board for their initial help in getting the site going. I look forward to meeting Tomas Clancy again soon so I can thank him in person.

Life is much too short to drink bad wine.

Mix Case offer – Radio Ad

December 6th, 2010

Listen carefully, i will type this only once… ( but you can replay to your hearts content on YouTube or the blog )

Portfolio Tasting – Radio Ad

December 6th, 2010

The radio ad for the portfolio tasting on December 9th 2010

A prize for anyone who can guess what I was drinking when I wrote this :)

December Sunday Opening Hours

December 5th, 2010

Red Nose Wine will be open on Sundays on the run up to Chrismtas.

We will also be open from 10.30 to 7pm on Mondays through to Saturday.

Sunday will see us open from 1pm to 5pm. Call in to say hello and see the great offers for Christmas.
The mix Case offer is really proving a big hit.

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Article – Mistake, Portals of Discovery

December 4th, 2010

Don’t tempt fate

Well it seems I had better watch what I write this week. Last week I garnished optimism a plenty and had a real attempt at ignoring the drums beating across the European political and social divide. Power to the people, and all that sort of thing. What’s the worst that could have happened? Well, last week was by any standards a bad week in Ireland and my optimism has been tested to the very maximum. But as Reginald Dwight once sang, “I’m still standing”.

Luke – Feel the force

Now that I have tempted fate for next week, I shall proceed. I believe this article might be one of the meandering types with a litany of literary quotations to bring balance to the force, as we all once hoped Luke Skywalker would. The Star Wars reference is because since the arrival of those who shall not be named into the country last week, I keep hearing the Darth Vader music as a soundtrack to the madness.

I really don’t know where the article will go but it is time to mention wine I think. I have been very busy getting my brochures together for the upcoming Christmas period. There is a huge new group in Ireland with loads of money whom I think I might target for their Christmas party. If I email info@imf.ie with the brochure, hopefully someone will get it.

A huge amount of new wines have arrived into the shop and my poor old back is not the better of the loading in Cork and the unloading in Clonmel. On top of that I have ripped up the shop and it is now offering more of a retail experience. Call in to see the changes and yes, you can buy one bottle. We are open to the public and you don’t have to buy a case.

New Wines

We have started importing from Italy direct and have some really great wines at the lower end of the price pyramid. I have always had cheaper French wines at the right price but struggled a little with other regions. However, access to direct wines from Chile, Italy, Australia and New Zealand offer much more choice “at the right price”. I have always been willing to discount wines when you bought a few bottles, but could offer much better discounting on certain wines. That term “certain wines” has now exploded into a huge choice of quality wines, direct from the vineyard.

Is Pinot Grigio Popular?

One of the most popular wine styles in Ireland today is Italian Pinot Grigio and we are delighted to have not one but two new examples into the shop to add to our already impressive selection. There is an easy drinking wine called Mirabello for 9 Euros that I have no doubt will be a huge hit for house parties this Christmas. For those who want to jump up a level, but not necessarily to the Franz Haas or Felluga wines, we have another new Pinot Grigio called Poggiobello for 14 Euros which has a ‘twin’ brother that is a soft and velvety Merlot.

We have similar new wines at all price points from Chile and Australia as well as very sharply priced new wines from France. So far the popular ones have been the new Chablis, Sancerre, Fleurie and Cotes du Rhone. Finding wines with low prices is easy, but if you take time and insist on quality, because people do want quality, they will come back for the second bottle. It is easy to fool the customer with a price, but you can only fool them once with quality. We think it’s better to never fool them.

Brad & Angie’s Wine

For those who are looking for something a little bit special for Christmas, I am delighted to tell you that Chateau Miraval is “in the house”. If you recall from an earlier article this summer, this is the vineyard now owned by that Hollywood couple known as Brad and Angelina. I refuse to use that other mix word to refer to them as a single entity. Anyone who has tasted the wines has loved them since they have been opened in the shop. Call in for a taste.

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Mixed Cases

To make life easier for the customer and to save them some money I have put together a selection of mixed cases for Christmas. These cases will be heavily discounted for your spending pleasure and will have a range of wines for the perfect Christmas at home. They will of course make wonderful gifts as well. Please call into the newly smartened up shop to see what’s in the case. You can also check them out online.

I am often matching wine to food but in light of the deal done with the private bank that dare not speak its name, I have a new match. At the end of work on a Friday, buy a lotto ticket and a bottle of wine. You have that glimmer of hope for 24 hours and if you don’t win, you can light the fire, share the bottle and throw away all of that useless worry. Now I need to figure out how to apply for an agency for the Lottery.

When Dylan meet Joyce

I promised you some literary quotes and I keep my promises. In light of what has happened to our country, I offer words of wisdom from Bob Dylan, “Everything passes. Everything changes. Just do what you think you should do”. Our own James Joyce had a few prophetic words, “If Ireland is to become a new Ireland she must first become European”. I prefer his take on mistakes, where he refers to them as “portals of discovery”. Ireland can now add a lot of portals to the potholes.

Don’t forget the Tasting

Book your tickets soon for the tasting as there has been great interest and we will have serious bottles open. The event is free if you buy a voucher ticket and there will be offers on the night so it can save you money to attend, not cost you. It is happening the week of the budget and we are calling it “The Recession Session”.

Don’t forget to log onto the blog at www.rednosewine.com/blog or follow the ranting on Twitter – www.twitter.com/rednosewine

Please have a look at our Facebook site and ‘Like’ Us so we can share all the photos with you. Feel free to share this page with your friends and enemies.

For anyone who would like more information and can’t make it into the shop, please feel free to contact me at info@rednosewine.com

“Life is much too short to drink bad wine”

Mix Cases for the Times we Live in

December 3rd, 2010

Red Nose Wine is delighted to offer 3 different mixed cases that offer great quality and value. You shouldn’t have to compromise on quality to save a few Euros.

The first up is the great value Budget Buster Case

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Next is a great step up in quality to the very well named Quality Case

Quality-case

If you want to spoil yourself or someone else this Chrismtas, then try the wines that make up the Luxury Case

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We deliver nationwide and think we have something for everyone

“Life is much too short to drink bad wine”

Article – Power to the People

December 1st, 2010

A good night

Greetings wine-lovers and lovers of life. In fact, you can hate wine and even ( but I hope not) hate life; you are still welcome, for I write this article from the cradle of optimism. I attended two events this recently and I want to talk about them briefly. On Wednesday night last 500 people assembled in Clonmel for a food and wine event organised by the Tipperary Food Producers.

The buzz that pulsated from the event was electric and as I stood behind the wine and juice table, the crowds swarmed in and it was a joy to behold, although we kept running out of glasses. Thanks to the young man from the hotel who spent the night running for glasses. Con Traas and I barely had time to draw breath as an energetic and thirsty public patiently listened to us talk about our artisan product as we poured.

Tipp Foof Night

Tipp Food Night

Don’t order a Cocktail

It brought me back to my time working in a bar in France. I became very efficient at handling a busy Saturday night bar and taking five orders at once. The secret was not to ‘hear’ anybody who ordered a cocktail. After a few weekends, if you wanted a cocktail, you didn’t ask Gary. Luckily, Wednesday was no place for cocktails.

Red Nose serving behind the bar

I am sure there are a number of things we will do differently next year, but I think Jane Boyce, Master of Wine was a huge hit, as was Nicola, the MC who kept the night flowing. I will post Jane’s wine pairings to the website soon and I have already put together a six and twelve bottle discounted mix case of the wines she recommended for Christmas. Check online or in the shop for more details.

Ministers, Future Ministers and the usual answers

I listened to a sitting Minister from Fine Fail and a possible future Minister from Fine Gael at the Clonmel Chamber’s National Enterprise Conference on Friday talk about the trouble we are in and why we are in it. I really thought I would come away inspired by one of them, but all of the inspiration came from local people and local business. Be in no doubt, politicians will not get us out of this. The people they proclaim to represent are the only ones who can do this. I am up for the fight, whatever the outcome. Optimism may require blinkers, but I will lease them with an option to buy.

I asked the esteemed political panel a question about below cost selling in multiples, and got the answer I expected from the political machine. I can’t see it making its way to the top of the government agenda this side of the IMF.

Is a Good Idea Enough?

Don Davern, the Clonmel Chamber and a number of local business’s presented details of a competition which offers a technology idea 45 thousand Euros worth of support, including a premises and all the bits and pieces to get started. This is local people trying to create local business. This is the spirit of a proud people. I have no confidence in the political system but I have huge confidence in local business and local people and why I was so delighted to be from Tipperary and spreading the good news story that is the Tipperary Food Producers.

The Masters Answers

There were a lot of questions that Jane answered last week that I sometimes assumed people knew, so if you are calling into the shop between now and Christmas, please feel free to ask me anything. Alternatively, you can email me at info@rednosewine.com and I can answer you. One of the higher end wines that Jane mentioned was the Pinot Grigio from Felluga. One of the highlights of my September trip to Italy was a meal at Andrea Felluga’s house.

Jane Boyce MW and Pat Whelan discuss wines to go with Pat's recipes.

Jane Boyce MW and Pat Whelan discuss wines to go with Pat's recipes.

Raiding Felluga’s Cellar

There are few producers who have been more important in defining the quality image of Italian white wines than Livio Felluga, Andrea’s father. Their landmark Terre Alte was first produced in 1981 and recently voted the 3rd best wine in Italy. The top 2 were a Barolo and a SuperTuscan – both red wines. Felluga have continued to make innovative and consistently high quality wines.

After experimenting for five years, Andrea now feels confident that screwcap is the right step for the Felluga wines, and that it will retain the freshness and perfumes that mark these wines out from the crowd.

This quality of the Felluga range is in a large part due to the fact that the fruit is grown on their 145 hectare property. The estate’s vineyards straddle provincial borders, being located in both Colli Orientali and Collio, which is very near to Trieste. Their most prized possession is the holding at Rosazzo, where their Merlot, and the grapes used in the fabled Terre Alte blend, are planted. On our trip we stood on the terraced gardens of the abbey and looked out towards Slovenia which is “just up the road”.

Sunset in Rosazzo

Sunset in Rosazzo

All of their wines were fantastic, but I chose to bring in two, their much lauded “Illuvio” Pinot Bianco and the best Pinot Grigio I have ever tasted. The Pinot Bianco is light straw yellow in colour, it is aromatic and forward on the nose, with perfumes of candied peel and a touch of pineapple, white flowers and aromatic herbs. On the palate it is full but fresh, with creamy, white chocolate flavours with a long, nutty, mineral finish. This is a Christmas Day white wine and a real alternative for those searching for something out of the ordinary.

Will someone buy the Picolit?

The highlight of the evening was a sweet wine called Picolit, which is also the grape variety. I don’t have a sweet tooth and am much more savoury in my tastes, but this was outstanding. It is rich, complex with wonderful balance and the sweetness is so delicate. They only make a tiny amount of this, and I mean a few hundred bottles.

By the end of the night we have drank eight from Andrea’s cellar. This was on top of numerous whites and reds. I was lucky enough to sit opposite Andrea and I got fantastic insight into this famous wine family and their evolution. He is a very patient man, considering the damage we did to his private cellar.

Gary Gubbins and Andrea Felluga

Gary Gubbins and Andrea Felluga

If I thought anyone would buy even a bottle, I would love to sell the Picolit, but it is very expensive and I fear I would still be looking at it on the shelf in a few years time. I may try and get six bottles but I fear they would end up on my Christmas table. I will ask the importer to bring a bottle to the tasting on December 9th and people can taste for themselves. The other wines will be open for tasting.  

Don’t forget the Tasting

Book your tickets soon for the tasting as there has been great interest and we will have serious bottles open. The event is free if you buy a voucher ticket and there will be offers on the night so it can save you money to attend, not cost you. It is happening the week of the budget and we are calling it “The Recession Session”.

Don’t forget to log onto the blog at www.rednosewine.com/blog or follow the ranting on Twitter – www.twitter.com/rednosewine

Please have a look at our Facebook site and ‘Like’ Us so we can share all the photos with you. Feel free to share this page with your friends and enemies.

For anyone who would like more information and can’t make it into the shop, please feel free to contact me at info@rednosewine.com

“Life is much too short to drink bad wine”

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