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Christmas Bottle Offers

November 22nd, 2017

Every year we offer a range of wines that we discount all the way into Christmas and the New Year.

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We offer a range of wines under our MultiBuy Scheme.

Buy any 2 and you get 10% OFF
and any mix of 6 gets your 15% OFF
and if you buy and mix of 12 or more you get 20% OFF.

We have broken them down into general wines, and then more premium wines. You can mix them up, so you can buy 11 of the cheaper wines and then throw in a bottle of Champagne and still get 20% OFF.

We then have the every popular 6 for €60 mix where you can mix any 6 of the wines in the list and get 6 for €60. Simple !!

Click on each of the wines to get more detail and you can also buy online.

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The Wines in the list are :

From Australia
30 Mile Sauvignon Blanc from €11.19

From France
Les Sablons Ventoux Rouge from €11.99

From Italy
Mirabello Pinot Grigio from €9.59
Tenuta St Anna Prosecco Frizzante from €11.99
Collefrisio Morrecine Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from €11.99

From Portugal
Corgo de Regua Red from €11.99

From Spain
El Renegado Organic Blanco from €10.39
Marques de Alfamen Reserva Red from €11.99
Carlos Serres Rioja Crianza from €11.19
Tempore Terrae Finca Organic Grenache from €13.59

In the more premium wines, we have

From France
Sébastien Vaillant Valençay from €15.99
Terres de Truffes Ventoux from €15.99
Viranel V from €20
Chemilly Chablis 1er Cru from €25.60
Chateau Lalande St Julien from €32
Duval Leroy NV from €38.40

From Italy
Alpha Zeta Amarone from €28

from Spain
Castelo de Medina Verdejo from €11.99
Sommos Taoz Reserva from €13.59

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and in the 6 for €60 mix we have wines from Chile, France, Spain and Italy

Isla Grande Chardonnay
Moulin de Gassac Classic Blanc
Moulin de Gassac Classic Rouge
Clement Bosquet Sauvignon Blanc
Glarima Red Merlot-Temp-Cab Sab
Bella Modella Pinot Grigio
Marques de Alfamen Red
CS Rioja

We also have a range of Mix Cases at various prices points that will take all the work out of it for you.

Life is much too short to drink bad wine ( especially at Christmas )

When I’m 64 – Quality Mixed Case

September 9th, 2013

When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now.

I was a Beatles fan from an early age and remember liking that song and laughing at how old someone would have to be when they’re 64 (I am aware that the answer is in the question). The trouble is its not so funny anymore as I approach 40.
Like many parents I sent kids back to school and took on all the emotion that goes with that. The cliche is true. It all goes by too quickly. So, this mix case is dedicated to the parents. With that in mind, we’ve tried to put in something really nice to help ease you back in. The NZ Sauvignon and the Rioja stand out for me.

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The name comes from the fact that this mix case is discounted back to €64 – The wines on offer include :

Ant Moore Sauvignon Blanc
Bozeto de Exopto Rioja
Casas de Herencia Red
Casas de Herencia White
Santa Alicia Sauvignon Blanc Reserva
Solonio Il Grottone ( Ripasso Style CabSab Syrah )

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The Spanish Odyssey Part 2 .. The Road to Valencia

May 30th, 2013

Last week I left you in a vineyard in Rioja with a French wine maker called Tom. The story continues with Tom and his never-ending tour of his little plots of old vines. He has tiny little fields ( as an Irishman might call them ) scattered around where Rioja Alta meets Rioja Alavesa. If you recall last week, many regard this border to be the best place to make Rioja.

Anyway, as much as I like looking at old bush vines, after the fourth of fifth vineyard in a row, it gets kind of old and bear in mind this was about seven o clock in the evening and we had been on the road since early morning. As he turned off another bohreen I said there had better be a tapas bar at the end of this field. He said there was and I didn’t appreciate his sarcasm. My own was at least warranted.

The Tapas Bar on top of a Vineyard

However to my great delight Tom drove up a dirt road and onto the top of a hill and parks in the middle of a vineyard with spectacular views. He opens up the boot and takes out a cooler bag with white wine, chorizo, cheese and bread. The glasses were clinked and myself, Tom and Sancho ( the other importer I referred to in the last article ) were staring out into the late evening sun, all of us wishing we were there with someone else.

Its a tough life ...

Its a tough life ...

Of course the person I would have preferred to share it with was my wife and I can only hope and assume the others were thinking the same ( their wives, not mine). Anyway, it was a view and setting wasted on three men in their very late thirties. In lieu of the romance, we took to the drink – as men often do. As we watched the sun set, the white wine turned to red, and the second bottle of red appeared magically through the mist. Like I said, it was all very romantic.

Football & Wine

I’d like to say the night ended there and we went back to our hotel to catch up on emails and all the admin that goes with owning a business. Alas, winemaker Tom insisted we visit his town, a lively little spot called Logroño. First port of call was a bar to watch the Barcelona match ( the Real fans cheered when they were stuffed ), followed by a wine bar to taste Tom’s wines in more ‘traditional’ surroundings and just when I thought I was getting away, a late night bar was found just to finish me off.

Lately I have been known to wax lyrical about The Forge CrossFit gym and some would say I might get a little boring talking about it. Anyway, the fear of boring people is not something I worry too much about, so at about 2am and after the late bar, I ended up talking about the gym and showing my accomplices what a burpee was.

A Burpee in Rioja

The miracle was that I didn’t smash my face into the Spanish ground. I am sure there is CCTV footage of this in central Logroño, which is a great little town I would highly recommend you visit. If you want to know what a burpee is then I suggest you call to The Forge. You might be sorry you asked though.

Post burpee, we found a taxi and suffice to say the early start the next morning was put off for a few hours and it was only on checking out of the hotel did we realise that Sancho had lost his iPhone and his wallet. For some miraculous reason I was feeling fresh as a daisy and Mike was sick as a small hospital.

One thing I should stress about this trip is the hospitality of the people we met was immense and they genuinely were delighted to show us around their family wineries. However bad we are having it in Ireland, and we are having it bad, the Spanish face a far worse scenario. I drove from Barcelona across through Zaragoza past Madrid and onto Valencia and the lack of trucks on the road was palpable. The unemployment rate for under 26s is in near the 45% bracket.

We had another meeting in Rioja with a potential new supplier and rather than squeeze him into this article, such is his tale and such are his wines, that he deserves his own article ( if and when we cut a deal for the wines ). With Rioja in our mirror we headed on a longish drive to Medina, which is in Rueda country, home of one of the most popular Spanish white wine styles.

Rioja ... Alavasa

Rioja ... Alavasa

Campo de Medina

For those of you who like Sauvignon Blanc, I can recommend this often cheaper variety which is made up of Verdejo, Sauvignon or a blend of the two. Another long and boozy lunch ensued and then a vineyard tour with Ivan. Ivan was very generous with his time but luckily he had to go to Madrid that night so we were able to have a quiet beer in the hotel and catch up on all the sleep we lost the next day. Some days the cards fall for you.

Don Quixote gets to La Mancha

An early start got us on the road from Medina past Madrid and into La Mancha. Don Quixote was home and in the famous old town of Noblejas to meet with the charming Bienvenido Muñoz Pollo, who heads up the family winery Bodegas Muñoz. This is one of the cheapest regions in Spain ( and Europe ) to make wines and in the right hands can produce some great value wines that punch well above their weight.

La Mancha at last

La Mancha at last

For those of you who want to test the theory, I’m glad to say that the wines are here already and start around the €10 mark. As I type we have some open in the shop. Do call in to say Hola and try these great little wines. If its value you are after, then our final destination offers that and a bit of style to boot.

Valencia in the rain

Some of you will already be familiar with our Valencian wines from Bodegas Antonio Arráez. We arrived into the vineyard about an hour outside of Valencia city and another long boozy lunch with a fantastic indoor barbeque. This was an old style roadhouse restaurant and it stays open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It was a very cool spot and the T-bone steaks were beyond huge.

A BBQ in Valencia

A BBQ in Valencia

We went on to the winery, which holds a fascinating story. Toni is in his early 30s and has transferred the family business from a bulk wine operation into something modern, young and marketable. The wines are great too and have been huge hits for us since we starting bringing them in last year. The very cheap price and ease of drinkability helps immensely.

Families in old villages around Valencia and Rioja traditionally would have made their own wine in every house. In Arraez, they have transformed the old wine vats and cellars into a museum and social setting. You can book it for groups and spend a night in a wine vat. I wonder if Bulmers could do something similar? Anyway, after the tour we were due to spend our last night in Valencia, 1 hour away. A nice big motorway to take us there.

Great in theory but the drive was among the worst I have every experienced. The rain that fell was biblical and with 3 and 4 lanes of speeding traffic it was hit and miss for a while. We couldn’t see more than a foot in front of us and all the trucks we never saw during the week suddenly came out to play. The speed we were forced into was criminal and I was very glad not to be driving but being a passenger was hairy enough. We passed 3 accidents on the way to central Valencia and boy were we happy to find our hotel.

A Valencia tapas night with Octopus and other exotic foods ended the social side of our trip. There was a lot of business and it just so happened that a lot of it was socially structured. Don’t blame me – blame the Spanish and their sensible approach to life.

A whole lot of kilometres

A whole lot of kilometres

A Long Road

A long drive the next day to Barcelona airport brought us full circle on our 2,200km Don Quixote wine adventure. A bumpy flight to Cork and a tired drive back to Clonmel brought a very fruitful trip through the wine regions of Spain to an end. Some of the wines are already here and there are more to come. I would encourage you to try Spanish wines as it offers diversity, quality but also great value for money. Don Quixote has left the building.

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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”

Back in the Saddle again – the return of the Articles

April 5th, 2013

“It’s been a long time since Rock’n’Roll” – Sing that in a high pitched voice and insert a Jimmy Page guitar riff and you have a classic Led Zeppelin song. While I have in fact recently listened to some Rock’n’Roll on my new turntable ( Christmas present ), I am referring to the fact that it has been a long time since I presented an article for your delectable critique.

The post budget blues

You may have thought I have been curled up in a ball in a dark room rocking to and fro in shock from the 41% excise duty increase in December. Tempting as that solution might be, I decided to focus on improving on the great gains we made in 2012. Onwards and upwards and the search for newer wines is in full flight. As I write this three new wines arrived into the shop today, and there are loads more on the horizon.

I have been very busy looking at every wine we currently stock and seeing if it has a future or not. There are many criteria needed for a wine to stay in the Red Nose family and many will not survive but the good news is that makes room for more wines. These are strange times we live in and when you are asking people to part with money, you really have to consistently over deliver on the quality and value offering.

With that in mind, this last month saw us throw out the old to make way for the new. Our Pick-A-Dot Sale cleared out a lot of wines at up to 50% off and this allows room for the newer wines that have been exciting us to shine. There is still a little bit left, but not a lot. To make up for it, we have introduced a new mix case for €50 that is proving very popular.

WIne courses and dinners

Last October we held our first wine course and it was a huge success. After 5 weeks of tasting, swirling, spitting, swallowing and listening to me waffle on about wines, we held our last night in the StoneHouse restaurant’s private dining room and matched their fantastic tasting menu to some great wines.

The good news is that we are currently finalizing plans for another wine course. This time we are looking at a few different options. We plan to repeat the classic 5 week course on a Thursday night but we are also looking at a slimmed down ½ day version, more than likely at the weekend. Depending on interest, we have also investigated the possibility of some Magical Mystery Tours. This basically means a mini bus, a foodie destination with lots of wine to match. You do the drinking, we organize the driving.

If any of you are interested in Top End Bordeaux wines, you might want to get in contact with me. I have been offered some seriously good value on some of the very best wines in the world. I am talking about the top end wines for putting down, but at a fraction of the normal price. We are still talking about €30 a bottle and a minimum case purchase. Contact me directly at info@rednosewine.com if you want more details.

Smelling Swooshing and Spitting

A wine merchants calendar after the busy period that was Christmas is busier than you would think. Its not all accounts and stocktaking though. Traditionally this time of year we get invited to all manner of tastings. Last week I took the train to Dublin and was let loose on 256 wines from an importer I work with. Smell, Look, swish, inhale and spit. And so it went – whites first and then another lap of the hall to get the reds in. Experience has taught me to leave those big Barolos until the end. One is almost tempted to forget to spit those wines.

At this stage we import over 90% of our wines directly from small, large and in-between vineyards from all over the world, so the Irish trade tastings are not going to get you those real value driven wines or those little magical small vineyards that make this job so special. The do however serve a purpose and some of our favourite Italian wines ( such as Allegrini ) come via this route.

Later this month I am flying to Germany for the best Wine Trade show in Europe – ProWein. This will have vineyards from all over the world showing off their wares in 8 massive halls in the vast and very impressive Dusseldorf Messe convention centre.

Ireland really missed a trick not building one of these during the boom years. The Germans may not know much about debt relief but they sure know how to organize a trade fair. I’ve been to shows in France, Italy and London and this is by far the best. Hopefully, I’ll be writing about the wines I found soon

Are there Horses in Spain?

I think that Spain will become more and more important in the Irish wine world. It still has loads of great value regions that are unknown and very well priced. The punters in Cheltenham always look for value and sometimes a great Bordeaux at €30 can be great value and a €9 special offer wine is a waste of money. It is all about perspective. But I think regions like Navarra and Valencia offer true value when compared to Rioja and Ribero and we hope to find more at ProWein.

By the time this article goes to press, Cheltenham will be over and I’ll know how much value I managed to squeeze from the Tipsters draw in Careys and Dalys. In my experience value and Cheltenham do not go hand in hand. However I still smile when I remember shouting War of Attrition home in the Gold Cup. I met Mouse Morris about 6 months before and he said he thought the horse was a superstar. My little ante post wager came in at very nice odds. Let’s hope my trip to ProWein brings home a few winners as well.

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“Life is much too short to drink bad wine”

Valencia – a hidden Spanish gem

May 25th, 2012

We are delighted and excited to introduce our new range of Valencia wines, from the very exciting Bodegas Arraez vineyard.

The wines of Bodegas Arraez

Bodegas Arraez is a family winery with a long tradition. The winery was founded in 1916 by some winemakers and bought it later in 1950 by Antonio Arraez. Then he began to develop his own wines becoming to be one of the leaders in the region selling bulk and bottled wines from the Denominación de Origen Valencia. The winery is located in the town of Fuente de la Higuera with special climate and terroir. The have 35 Hec. of vineyards with indigenous grapes like, Monastrell, Tempranillo, Garnacha Tintorera, Macabeo and Muscat and other foreign grapes as Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

The next generation

Currently the company is in the third generation managed by Toni Arraez which is a young wine maker who has being elaborating wines in Ribera del Duero for some years and he has taken the winery to a further step beginning to build a new style of Spanish wines which have had a great success during this two last years in the national market.

Bang for your buck

What we like ( and we think our customers will like ) is that these wines are very well made with no expense spared. They are also incredibly well made for the price. If this was Rioja a wine like Eduardo Bermejo could easily be selling closer to €20, but we think it offers fantastic bang for your buck at €11.99.

Even the ‘cheaper’ range, Casas de Herencia get light oaking and this is unheard of at €8.99. Let me introduce the range and please call in, as we have some open now and will open more as the infiltrate the Irish market.

Casas de Herencia

Casas de Herencia The so called entry level wines offer great value and easy drinking – The red is a great mix of Monastrell, Tempranillo and Grenache. The wine is is garnet in color and has an intense aroma of red fruit such as blackcurrant. Lots of upfront fruit and a long velvety finish. The wines spend 4 months in oak, which is very rare at this price point.

The white has a lovely nose of white flowers with peach and honeysuckle. It is crisp and wonderfully balanced and bursting with melon, mango and ripe peaches.

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Eduardo Bermejo
These wines are names after a well known Valencian painter. The red is a brilliant red colour layer which identifies its freshness. On the nose it is very fruit-bearing, with intense connotations of red fruits as raspberry and well integrated oak notes. ( 4 months in American oak ).

The white is palid yellow colour with greenish tones that demonstrates its predominant variety , Verdejo. On the nose it is very clean and floral with great intensity. On the palate it turns out to be fresh, and elegant, with well balanced acidity that fills the palate.

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Guilty Pleasures

We also have a few guilty pleasures, small quantites of a wine called Mala Vida and a Monastrell ‘Author’ wine called A2. Mala Vida means the bad (in a good way ) life, or the Italians might say, La Dolce Vita. It is a blend of Monastrell, Cabernet, Grenache and Shyrah and 8 months in American oak. It has a dark red colour, full with a rich aroma. Red fresh fruits flavours and well integrated oak that doesn´t hide its fruity savory nature. Only €12.99 but it tastes a lot more expensive.

The A2 Monastrell is a serious wine and made in tiny quantities. Dense purple colour, the fruit flavors like black currant and cherry are dominant, but perfected emblessed with balsamic and mineral notes typical of the variety Monastrell. The primary tastes is sweetness with agradables tannins. It should be noted the perfect balance of fruit and the toasted of the oak.

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