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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 )

Nicolas is back – Viranel Winemaker Dinner

October 24th, 2017

For those of you who were lucky enough to be at our winemaker dinner with Nicolas Bergasse from Chateau Viranel last November, you will be delighted to learn that he is back ( by popular demand ). For those of you who weren’t there, it was a great night and Nicolas’ charm and wines matched perfectly with the food and ambiance of Mulcahys in Clonmel.

Friday November 24th is the date. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Nicolas from Viranel at Wine Dinner

A great night was had and Nicolas went away with the promise of loads of help at this years harvest. I’m not sure how many made the trip but maybe he will get more empty promises this year. Its more about the conversation and the wine than the actual work :)

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If you want to join the fun, the cost is €60 which includes 4 courses and 4 wines to match. The charming Frenchman is included. Booking is direct with Mulcahys so call 052-6125054 or call into their lovely pub/restaurant/guesthouse on Gladstone Street and book your tickets now. Ask for Sharon or Gerry.

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Fathers Day Wines and Bloomsday rambling

June 16th, 2017

Its a long time since i wrote a blog. ( btw – you can skip half way down to get to the offers if you don’t want to indulge in the ramble ) I usually do the MailChimp shots with a photo or an offer or whatever else comes to mind on a Thursday evening or sometimes Friday morning. My radio ‘career’ on Tipp FM has taken me from the articles i used to like writing for The Nationalist. The odd piece for the Sunday Business Post aside, my inner James Joyce ( it is Bloomsday ) has been stifled. In the words of Freddy Mercury, “I want to break free”

Red or White?

One of the most popular gifts for Fathers Day is wine. It is a quick and easy fix and a lot of Dads really like wine. I know its a terrible and often untrue cliche that Men like Red and Women like White wine. I am a Dad and like wine. However, i do like Red, White and Rose, but its my job to, so maybe I’m not the best example. However, one thing is true. When people are buying wine as a gift for a man, 99 times out of 100 they will buy Red wine.

Buy me some Burgundy

While it is very nice to own a wine business, one draw back is that everyone is afraid to buy me wine. If they bought some cheap supermarket rubbish they would have good reason to fear my wrath, but nobody should ever be afraid to buy me a good bottle of Burgundy ( another subtle Bloomsday reference for all of you Joycean scholars ).

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I’m partial to a good vintage of La Tache, but who isn’t. Alas, it never happens and I fear Fathers Day may pass me by once more, but it should not mean that the Fathers in your life should go without. With that in mind, i have 4 Red Wines to tempt you with. And I picked these wines with me in mind. 2 from France, 1 from New Zealand and 1 from Italy.

The Wine Offers are here

France

Domaine des Anges has long been a favourite of mine. I harbour dreams of cycling up Mount Ventoux some day and falling into the lovely pool in the vineyard afterwards. The Red is normally €17.99 but down to €14.99 to treat the Daddy in your life. Buy it here

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I met the lovely Vicky at a wine show a few years ago and she makes equally lovely Fleurie – a perfect summer wine. You could even chill it a little if it gets too hot this weekend ( but don’t tell Vicky ). Normally €22 but down to €17.99 – Buy it here

New Zealand

If any of you bothered to google la Tache you will see it is a silly price, but we do have a lovely New Zealand Pinot called the Better Half and it is also a great little summer wine. Not too heavy and full of sweet strawberry and macerated cherry flavour. Yum. Normally €19.99 but down to €16.99 which is a great price for New Zealand Pinot ( especially in the current currency environment ). Buy it here

Italy

Last but by no mean least, we have something special. A magnum ( which means a double size bottle ) of Barolo. This is a wine for putting away and opening in 5,10 or 20 years. Maybe when the kids go to college. We are down to our last 6 in the shop, and when they go, they are gone. Normally €65 but all Daddys should own some Barolo so we are giving this away for €50 – Buy it here

Me looking smug in the vineyards of Barolo

Me looking smug in the vineyards of Barolo

Happy Bloomsday and Happy Fathers Day this Sunday to all the heroes out there ( I know the mothers are the heroes but just give us this one day ( and buy us some wine ).

By the way, i deliberately didn’t put on wines that are €12.99 down to €9.99 because we fathers deserve a treat. Don’t be insulting us with cheap wines :)

Life is much too short to drink bad wine

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Portfolio Tasting / Wine Fair – Friday December 5th

November 30th, 2014

We are having our annual portfolio tasting / wine Fair on Friday December 5th in the shop.

We will have more than 50 wines open and we will have some cheese & crackers on the night.

As per usual it is €15 for a ticket OR the much better idea of FREE entry with a €50 voucher. You can but them in house in advance or you can buy them online. Buy the €15 ticket here or the €50 voucher here. Just print them out as proof of purchase.

We do need numbers in advance so please let us know by 5pm on Friday

As an added incentive we will have Basile Guibert of famed vineyard Mas de Daumas Gassac pouring his wines on the night.

Hope to see you there. Taste before you Buy this Christmas. You can also grab our brochure on the night ( LOADS of offers and Gift ideas )

Meet Nicolas and Arnaud of Chateau Viranel

August 15th, 2014

The multi award winning Château Viranel

Nicolas & Arnaud BERGASSE-MILHÉ are two brothers who have taken over the family estate of Château Viranel. Where is this estate? It is in the heart of Languedoc, in Saint-Chinian. Here, in the south of France, on limestone terraced hills, the vines share the land and sun with the garrigue and olive trees. Their family vineyard consists of 40 hectares on which they use a system of sustainable agriculture in order to preserve the lasting quality of its soils.

The property has been in the family for nearly five centuries (since 1551), passed down from generation to generation. In the grounds of our property are the remains of a Gallo-Roman villa.

The Awards

Their list of awards is long but the big one is their award for the 2011 V for Viranel, which received 95/100 from Decanter but also 13th place in their Top 50 wines of the year ( that’s of all wines from all over the world ).

I’ve often waxed lyrical about terroir and wines that reflect the place where they come from, and the people who make them. These wines are a perfect example. This is how Nicolas & Arnaud describe why their wines taste like they do…

Four factors

– Our climate
- Our terroir
- The grapes we choose to grow
- Our skill in making our wines.

Our hot Mediterranean climate is tempered by the north wind – the Tramontane – from the mountains of the Cévennes. Cool nights help our grapes ripen gently, and the breezes dry up any moisture that might spoil them, so they are in the best possible shape when picked.

Our vineyards feature three main soil types:
• Rolled pebbles which help us make rounded, supple and fruity wines
• Limestone terraces which bring freshness, finesse and aromatic richness
• Sandstone which brings power, complexity and minerality

Finally, as winemakers, we use our know-how to work with the climate, the terroir and our vines in as natural and respectful a way as we can. Nature has given us this wonderful heritage, and we do our utmost to preserve and enhance it. That’s why we practise culture raisonnée, a balanced and sustainable approach to winegrowing. And in the winery, combining traditional winemaking with the most modern vinification methods enables us to achieve the best we can. It’s the combination of these four factors that gives wines from VIRANEL a real identity.

The Wines

The Chateau Range

Tradition Rouge St Chinian
Tradition Blanc St Chinian

The Wines made from the weird grape you haven’t heard of

Trilogie Rouge
Aromes Sauvages

The wine made for easy drinking with a blend of the two Cabernets

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The top wine – the one that won the awards

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Here is a nice video we found online showing a tour of the vineyard and an explanation of where the different wines come from ( how’s your French ). We’ll hopefully visit soon and do our own version.

Introducing Mas de La Barben

May 21st, 2014

A range of new wines are arriving and we will do our best to introduce you to them all. First up is a tiny winery i found during my trip to ViniSud in Montpellier in February. We are always looking for quality wines that over deliver and this is most definitely one of these. A little gem outside of Nimes and I got the chance to call there on a recent trip.

Gary meets winemaker and owner Damien & Cathy of Mas de La Barben

Gary meets winemaker and owner Damien & Cathy of Mas de La Barben

They have a range that they call L’Improviste which has an absolutely fantastic Red, White & Rose and at a great price. These wine are all €13.99 but offer a taste of the south – the vineyard is where Provence meets the Languedoc.

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Click on the links for each wine to see the tasting notes.

When you step up a gear, you get to the Lauzieres Range. The Red is a blend of Grenache and Syrah and is dark ruby in color and on the nose, has matured black fruits and morello cherries and spices. If this was a few miles up the road in Chateauneuf du Papes you would talking serious money but this is a steal at €17.99

The white is a real special occasion wine and has 10 months in oak. It is golden in color and has an inviting buttery nose. There are aromas of ripe white fruits. It has nice roundness on the palate with notes of caramel latte and white pepper.

If you really want to go all out then their multi award winning Sabines is a rare wine indeed. The vineyard have held back the wines until they are ready. This vintage is 2007 and is 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache with 24 months in oak. This fantastic wine has a rich, deep color. It has red and black fruits aromas, mixed with espresso and mocha notes, are followed by spicy, garrigue (laurel, rosemary) aromas and hints of menthol. Tiny amounts available but a steal at only €25

Call in soon as we will have these wines open for tasting – we think you are going to love them.

PodCast – Gay McGuinness of Domaine des Anges

March 14th, 2014

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We’ve finally begun to put the wine shows online – this is the radio show Gary does every Thursday on Tipp FM with Keith Fahey.

First up is Mr Gay McGuinness of Domaine des Anges talking about his wonderful vineyard in Provence. Over to you Gay.

Sam’s Back – well his wines are

December 2nd, 2013


Two Paddocks Returns

We have been fielding calls and emails and conversations about Sam Neill’s gorgeous Two Paddocks wines from Central Otago in New Zealand since they sold out last February. Its a tiny vineyard but also one that is of a very high quality and we only get a small amount of it. Lots of people want to sell this wine and we are delighted that Sam decided to work with us. Hopefully he can come back to visit us again. We enjoyed his visit last year.

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So you can buy his wines online or call into the shop. Don’t forget you can try the wines this Thursday at our Christmas Wine Fair. Book your tickets here.

The Wines
There is the new Riesling at €19.99. Featuring the Proprietor’s Grandfather, Sydney Neill – Wine Merchant, on the label, Picnic Riesling is our perennial favourite and a wonderful introduction to the pleasure of Central Otago Riesling. We think it is just as much a dinner wine as a luncheon – equally enjoyable at home outdoors as at the Captain’s Table.

Two Paddocks Picnic Riesling

Two Paddocks Picnic Riesling

There is the Picnic Pinot Noir at €24. Once again a perennial favourite – the wine to enjoy everyday and a wonderful introduction to the pleasure of Central Otago Pinot Noir. With all fruit sourced from Two Paddock’s own vineyards, Picnic Pinot Noir is made in a diminutive style aimed to reflect the characters that Central Otago Pinot does so very well – black and red cherry fruit, spice and a generosity that keeps you reaching for the next sip.

Two Paddocks Picnic Pinot Noir

Two Paddocks Picnic Pinot Noir

There is the Premium Two Paddocks at €36. This wine won Outstanding Gold at the IWSC in 2012
Two Paddocks flagship Pinot Noir – an estate grown, barrel selection from the Neill family estate vineyards in Central Otago. These vineyards are high-density planted in a range of clonal material and intensively ‘man-handled’ with nearly all vineyard practices carried out by hand (with the exception of compost spreading). As in the vineyard, the wine is hand crafted using traditional methods including a 25% whole bunch fermentation in French oak cuvees and hand plunging. It is then aged in French barriques for 11 months, using a mix of older and new (25%) barrels.

Two Paddocks Pinot Noir

Two Paddocks Pinot Noir

And, then we have a tiny ( and i mean TINY ) allocation of the limited edition Last Chance Pinot Noir at €50. The Last Chance is a beautifully sited small terrace perched in bright clear air above the Earnscleugh Valley, carefully planted with well-tended Burgundian clone Pinot Noir. It nestles amongst a small cluster of the world’s most southerly vineyards and takes its name from the watercourse that runs through its heart, hand dug by goldminers in the 1860s, The Last Chance.
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So, we hope you get to try Sam’s wonderful wines and we are very proud to sell them.

Lets have one more name dropping photo and then we’ll stop

Sam meets the famous Galilieo on his visit to Tipp last year.

Sam meets the famous Galilieo on his visit to Tipp last year.



Life is much Too Short to drink bad wine

When Hails Come to Town

September 18th, 2013

I feel like a teacher, but with longer holidays. It’s been a long time since the last article. In fact it has been nearly four months. I’d love to say I have been sitting in a hammock counting my money and drinking my wine, but I’ve been busy. I have lots of news.

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Much like The Nationalist, Red Nose Wine has gone through some changes. We moved in July to a customized Retail space in The Regal Centre on the David Road, beside Larry O Keeffe’s Furniture. We are delighted with the new digs and customer feedback has been hugely positive. We hope you’ll get a chance to come down and say hello.

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The Regal Centre had a re-launch last weekend. We’ll plan an evening event closer to the season that is jolly but we won’t mention the C word yet. We’ve the B word to come first ( Budget ).

Now if I continue in this vein of blatant self promotion it will be another four months before I get another article, so I think I better start talking about wine, rather than the selling of wine. As the summer draws to an end, a line from an old poem came to me.

Last of the Summer Wine

The “last of the summer wine” has all been enjoyed but fear not for the Autumn wines are just bursting to be sampled. Though our summer is over, the last of its golden rays are still doing their best to hang on.

As summers go it was a wonderful vintage. Comparisons with the few that came before are also helping of course. 2010 was a great year in Bordeaux but is not as lauded as it might be as it came on the back of the wonderful 2009.

However 2013 wasn’t such a great summer for some winemakers. There is one scourge that comes along that frightens the life out of ever winemaker I know. A form of solid precipitation (hailstones) can destroy a year’s work in a matter of minutes. They can measure between 5 and 150mm in diameter and when they strike, the good life turns very sour indeed.

When Hail come to town

A great friend of Red Nose Wine in Bordeaux, Gavin Quinney of Chateau Bauduc recently went through a very traumatic visit from this most vicious of natural disasters. They were enjoying summer drinks with friends in the garden after completing all of the manual work on the vines. As he sipped Gavin looked west, and he didn’t like the look of the sky towards the Atlantic.

The warm and sunny evening had a chill to it and just before 8.30pm the wind picked up, and then as Bob Dylan might have once sang, ‘A Hard Rain’ started to fall. Now, Bob was talking about nuclear rain during the cold war, and Gavin was referring to real rain. However, as many of you know, I can never resist the chance to insert a Bob Dylan reference.

It’s an affliction that I suffer with. My eldest child was played Like A Rolling Stone whilst still in the delivery room. The child wasn’t 20 minutes old but I wanted the first song she heard to be a good one. Like I said, it’s an affliction.

Back in Bordeaux, the poor old Quinney family were watching in horror as the hail “came in low, from the side, propelled by fierce winds.” He wrote a 4 piece blog on it where he describes how “the hail had smashed into the grapes on all the west facing rows, splitting and bruising them. Leaves lay all about, with the little icy balls interspersed amongst them. Many leaves still on the vine looked bedraggled, some in tatters. Branches were pockmarked.”

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The next day they had a handle on the full extent of the damage and 50% of the crop was lost. This is bad news for Chateau Bauduc but some of their neighbours lost 100% of the crop. The storm had come in a straight line across from the West and battered everything in its path. Gavin said that “vineyards just 2.5kms west of Bauduc were hardly touched, while those some 2.5kms south of the Château were stripped bare.”

One neighbour had been hit for the 2nd time in three years and like many people ( including the Quinneys ) does not have insurance. It’s a bit like a racehorse – you can insure it but the price is just too prohibitive. Only about 15-20% of vineyards are insured.

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The reality of this hailstorm is that there will be much less ‘bulk’ wine to be sold to coops for supermarket wine but also, many of the smaller quality driven vineyards like Bauduc will have very little wine to sell, and it will be interesting to see how the price will be affected. In many cases the market dictates this and you need to make a certain amount of wine to get to a point where you cover costs.

Chateau Bauduc experienced hail in May 2009 and even though 80% of the crop was lost then compared to 50% this year, it is worse in 2013. The reason is that in 2009 it happened when the shoots were new and tender and very little work had been done. This year there had been a huge amount of work including lifting 100,000 vine branches, removing unwanted shoots and 5-6 rounds of mildew spraying. As any business knows, the cost of Sales is a very big part of the whole Gross Profit equation.

Photos courtesy of Gavin Quinney’s wonderful blog.

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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

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