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Fine Wine Sale at Red Nose Wine

October 25th, 2013

We are having a Fine Wine Sale and you are all invited. We have picked 25 wines and are giving a straight 25% OFF.
There are some fantastic wines included in this sale, and we have even put our much lauded Mas de Daumas Gassac Mathusalem 2008 – that’s the really huge bottle ( 6L or 9 bottles in one ). We also have some of the rarely made 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Emile Peynaud.

Other highlights include the tiny allocation of wine made from the oldest Shiraz vines in the world – the Langmeil Freedom Shiraz ( vines planted in 1843 ). There is a small amount of Irish favourite Lynch Bages. The top Red & White from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Provence vineyard is also there – Chateau Miraval.

If you want a wine to put down, look at Mas de Daumas Gassac. It will only get better over the next 20 years. It wouldn;t be a fine wine sale without Chateauneuf du Papes and we have Tradition and special cuvees as well as Magnums. But for me, the stars are the wines from Terrasses du Larzac – Mas de L’Ecriture and the amazing wines of La Peira. Have a google and see what La Peira sells for in London or New York. One of the superstars of world wine and yours at old duty prices AND 25% OFF.

While stocks last. The full list can be found here.

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New Wine just arrived from Australia

October 18th, 2013

We are starting to see the new wines arrive in ahead of Christmas and a steady flow of them are expected between now and December. First up is Johhny Q and his great selection of wines from South Eastern Australia.

The Johnny Q Collection

The Johnny Q Collection

John Quarisa of Australias Johnny Q Wines describes himself as a light-hearted, down-to-earth, easy going type of guy. He visited us in The Regal Centre recently and he lives up to his own appraisal. The wines are very much the same. They are easy going and easy to appreciate and also easy on the wallet. Great wines that are made for fun.

Johnny Q visits Red Nose Wine at The Regal Centre

Johnny Q visits Red Nose Wine at The Regal Centre

The list of wines we have are :

The 30 Mile Shiraz, which is has a Beautiful deep colour in the glass, with a swish, sweet nose of blackberry, vanilla and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is round and smooth, with gorgeous jammy flavours and hints of baking spice and chocolate. Very big and bold, with ripe, peppery tannins. You can buy it here.


The 30 Mile Cabernet Sauvignon which has a frank nose of blackcurrants and charcoal leads on to a firm wash of cedar, spiced plum and earth. Fairly savoury, grown-up style, with good weight, crispness and dusty tannins. You can buy it here.


The Johnny Q Shiraz Viognier is opaque purple, with a big nose of blueberry jam and new leather. The fun continues on the palate, where sweet tannins meld with lush fruit, star anise and eucalyptus to give an overall impression of indulgence and wanton abandon. You can buy it here.


And last but by no means least, a wonderfully affordable Pinot Noir
The Enchanted Tree Pinot Noir is very soft and juicy style of Pinot that shows a perfumed nose of strawberry and rhubarb jam. The gentle palate has soft tannins, medium weight and more generous, fruity flavours – think plum and cherry cola. The sappy finish is impressively long. You can buy it here.


So why not call in to see us and taste some of the wonderful new wines from the enigmatic Johnny Q

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New 4 week wine course

October 16th, 2013

We are delighted to announce details of our much requested wine course. We plan to change the format from the last one and bring in a few guests to add a little spice to proceedings.


As well as Gary, some of the course will be co presented by Brendan who has many years experience in all aspects of the wine trade and brings additional expertise to the proceedings. BUT, the real stars will be some of our guest presenters.

On one of the evenings we will be having a Spanish theme as the course will precede a Spanish event we are planning with Iván Acebes García of Castello de Medina. Iván will take some of the class and then a Spanish Wine / Tapas evening will follow the class.

Gary visiting Castello de Medina earlier this year

Gary visiting Castello de Medina earlier this year

On another evening a member of the iconic Grubb family has agreed to come in and talk us through wine and Cashel Blue cheese. This will be a great event as they will offer you the chance to pre-order some aged Cashel Blue for Christmas. Much like wine, maturity is vital to fully appreciate great cheese.

The course will be held in our new custom built shop in The Regal Centre on the Davis Road. It will be a 4 week course commencing Thursday November 7th and will cost €75 person. It will run from 7.30pm to 9pm every Thursday for 4 weeks.


For those of you who were at last years course in the old premises, I am sure you will appreciate the more comfortable new digs.


While we have a set course outline, we are also open to adapting it to what the people want to learn about, to a degree. Ernest Hemingway once used the phrase “A Moveable Feast” about Paris and we would like the course to be like this.

In saying all of that there are core fundamentals that we think you would benefit from learning, so this course will be aimed at the beginner but with enough flexibility to challenge those who really want to advance their knowledge.

However, we hope that most of all it will be fun and social. We had a really fun bunch last time and it would be great to create the same atmosphere.

To secure a place on the course, please contact us during shop hours on 052-6182939 or email us on to book your place. Bookings are only secure with payment. Updates will be posted on

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