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Sam Neill and his trip to Tipp

November 4th, 2012

Irish born Kiwi Sam Neill is on his way to Tipperary for a whistle stop tour to promote his wonderful Central Otago wines. He will be out in McCarthys of Fethard at 2pm for a quick meet & greet followed by a reception in Red Nose Wine in Clonmel at 4pm. As well as Sam’s wines, there will also be some local Tipperary Food on offer, courtesy of James Whelan Butchers, as well as some delicious Cooleeney Farm cheese.


Sam is more well known for his acting and has appeared in such films and TV shows as Jurassic Park, Kane & Abel, The Omen, Dead Calm, The Hunt for Red October, The Piano, The Simpsons, The Tudors among many more. He is becoming very well known for his wines however and we are delighted to be importing them into Ireland.


Ireland is a place the Hollywood star holds close to his heart. Only in October past he visited his old home place in the North, where he lived until he was 7. His Irish roots still firmly intact, he recently claimed, “I got an Irish passport the other day. I love it. It’s the best thing in my pocket.”

Why not take a nice tour of the chateau with the proprietor himself …

If you would like to call on Wednesday at 4pm to Red Nose Wine to meet Sam, send us an email or drop us a line at 052-6182939 so we can have enough food. All lovers of great wine are welcome.

Great Tasting last night

November 20th, 2009

We had a really great tasting in Nuala’s cafe in the historic Hickey’s bakery with Joyce Austin last night. The floods were rising but the wine was flowing as well. We expected some people not to make it, but in the end we had overcapacity. The place was jointed.
The major winners on the night from a wine perspective were The Woolaston Pinot Gris, the Tussock Sauvignon Blanc, the Muddy Water Riesling and as always, the star of the show was Muddy Water Slowhand Pinot Noir. With only 285 cases made, it is a real treat. I can only see its star rising… The other contender for the star of the night was Nuala’s Cafe. It is classic French cafe style ( we will forget T Henry for a moment ) and Nuala, Paddy and Helen laid on some absolutely fantastic food. It really was top end and it complimented the wines wonderfully.
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A great night had by all and Joyce played a stormer as usual. If she is coming to a town near you, don’t miss it….

2 Great Tastings coming up

November 17th, 2009

Hello Wine Lovers

Just a quick one. Don’t forget the New Zealand tasting this Thursday November 19th @ 8pm.
We are just about sold out, but we will squeeze in 1 or 2 more.

However, we are also having a very special Italian tasting on December 10th – venue Nuala’s Cafe.
We will have some truely special wines open, from cheap and cheerful to stunning deep Red classics.

We might even get some food in for the evening… It will be close to Christmas. We all need a treat.

Latest Newsletter – Red Nose News

November 13th, 2009


Another week and the weather has really gone bananas – rain, sun, wind, cold, mild… make up your mind.

The great discounts continue at Red Nose Wine – follow the link

I am waiting on delivery of 4 new wines today that are pitched very competitively.
A Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir from Italy @ €8.50 each.
A Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay @ €8.00 each.
The courier has not arrived as I write this, but is due soon.
As soon as they are in and I get a picture of them, they will go on the website.

Anyone who wants to order online and collect it, that is no problem.
Just let me know and I’ll send you a code for no delivery charges. Delivery is free for order over €150

And the minimum order for delivery is only 6 bottles.
Also, with the big match looming, I have been wondering how to treat my French wines.

I do love my French wine, but this week have found myself having the New Zealand and Italian wines a little more. If Ireland win, watch this space, we might do a little promotion on French wine to celebrate.

Don’t forget, the New Zealand wine tasting is filling up for next week. Thursday 19th @ 8pm

€10 / ticket and Nuala’s café promises a very cosy atmosphere.

C’mon the boys in Green

Have a great weekend !


Latest Newspaper Article ““Ernest Hemingway and the New Zealand Wine Tasting”

November 12th, 2009

The Nationalist Newspaper, November 12 2009

The winter is upon us and my toes are very cold. The week since we last ‘chatted’ has been eventful to say the least. The website finally went live and I have been tweaking the little bits and pieces since. I imagine I will be changing it for the rest of my life. To quote Ernest Hemingway, we could call it “a moveable feast”. A successful website has to move and be very fluid. Lots of blogging and tweeting on Twitter. Basically, I have to write what you could call, the uncensored version of this article every 2 or 3 days and get people to click on the website as much as they can. Fun indeed for the computer generation both young and old.

I was watching something on TV this week and I heard another Hemingway quote I am ashamed to say I may have used once in a while; when I wore a younger mans clothes. “An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with fools.” I lived in the Latin Quarter in Paris and was a bit of an Ernest Hemingway fan. Ernest was fond of wine and of writing. He famously led the American troops into Paris when they liberated the city in World War 2. His point of liberation had an exact address and he went straight for the cellars of the Ritz, which he personally liberated. They forgave him though, and named a bar after him. Our little 1 bedroom apartment in Paris was nowhere near the Ritz but it was a few steps away from Mr. Hemingway’s old apartment in the wonderful Mouffetard area of the city. Back then, I quite fancied myself the writer – the Irish exile, penning a seminal work that would never be understood in his lifetime – the usual story. However, the dreams of youth are so often quenched by the responsibility of being an adult. During this apprenticeship in wine, I came across and sadly repeated that quote on many training sessions. We all need an excuse of some sort. Looking back, I often wonder, if I was so intelligent, why did I leave? The fools are still in Paris and my feet are cold in a warehouse in Ireland. But good news will lift my spirits and yours as well I hope. The weather is very nice in New Zealand at the moment and we are having Joyce Austin (fresh off of the plane) back for a great tasting of New Zealand wines.

We had her over in June and it was a great success. As an added treat, we are going to going to have the tasting in Nuala’s café in Hickeys Bakery at the Westgate. The café has a lovely ambience and Nuala has promised some nice nibbles to accompany the wines. Tickets are only €10 ( this event is €20 in Dublin ) and as I write this, half the tickets are gone, and I haven’t advertised outside of the website yet. In preparation for this night, I will try to explain a little bit about what happens at these tastings. I know that sometimes people can feel a little intimidated. This is a shame as most tastings assume you know nothing, and a good presenter like Joyce will explain a little bit more after every wine and build up the knowledge and confidence slowly. In some tastings, you will be shown how to physically taste – i.e. all the swirling about and sucking air in as you taste. There is a good reason for all of this I assure you and nobody is expected not to spill a bit. No white clothes while tasting is always a good idea, and a special thanks to the gentleman who called in with the tip about removing the red wine stains. I hope he enjoyed the free bottle of wine. Back to the tasting and there will always be spittoons available for those who like to spit and I am confident that some day they will be used. A good tasting should always challenge the people who have some experience and there is always a chance to show off. The difference between dry and sweet or why certain wines have higher alcohol levels than others – put your hand up if you know. These questions and so many more can be answered if you are interested. If you are not then it is a chance to drink some very good wines for very little money and meet some truly fascinating people who love what they do in life.

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

“Life is much too short to drink bad wine”


New Zealand Wine Tasting

November 6th, 2009

Red Nose Wine is proud to annonce a wonderful tasting with Joyce Austin, from New Zealand Boutique Wines in Auckland. We will be hosting a seated tasting of nine of New Zealand’s newest gems.
In the mix are super examples of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Rose and Pinot Noir – plus a few surprises. A mix of modestly priced and Saturday night splurges, with some special prices available on Thursday 19th November only.
Joyce is travelling straight from the latest blendings and new releases throughout New Zealand’s wine regions. She has a super line-up of recently landed gems, now stocked in the shop.
Let us know you’ll be joining us today and we’ll pop your name in the draw to win some very special New Zealand wines on the day.



When: Thursday, 19 November – 8.00pm
Where: Nuala’s Cafe, Hickeys Bakery – Westgate Clonmel
Tickets: €10.00 (payable in advance to secure your seat)
E-mail: or call 052 6182939