Are there blackcurrants in my wine?

Are there blackcurrants in my wine?

You may think that’s a stupid question; however, I’ve been asked that question numerous times over the past 25 years. Why do certain wines taste of particular fruit flavours? Do they add these fruit flavours whilst making the wine? In a word, no. Wine is made from the juice of... View Article

Discover Something New

Discover Something New

Sitting in Gatwick Airport writing this article, surrounded by multiple nationalities makes me think, with all the amazing wines produced all over the world, why are we such creatures of habit? Are we simply subjected to great marketing, conformity or is it just laziness? With all the interesting wines out... View Article

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

Not a lot of people know the name Julie Covington, however it was Julie and not Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice who first recorded this famous song. You will thank me for that someday when it comes up in a pub quiz. Why did I lead with that title... View Article

Are there gooseberries in my wine?

Are there gooseberries in my wine?

by Ciaran Meyler You may think that’s a stupid question; however I’ve been asked that question numerous times over the past 30 years. Why do certain wines taste of particular fruit flavours? Do they add these fruit flavours whilst making the wine? In a word, No. Wine is made from... View Article

I’ve got it down to a glass a day!

I’ve got it down to a glass a day!

By Ciaran Meyler Yes it’s that time of the year again. How many of you have already broken your new year’s resolution? I heard a good one the other day; ‘People worry about what they eat and drink from Christmas to New Year, when they should really worry about what... View Article

Wine was invented to make food taste better

Wine was invented to make food taste better

By Ciaran Meyler. This time last year I made a remark about Donald Trump doing a very good impression of Donald Duck; I should have chosen my words more carefully, as the CIA is probably tracking me now. Well just in case they are, Donald, I congratulate you and I... View Article

Things are looking up for 2017!

Things are looking up for 2017!

I hope the headline has drawn you in, thinking this is some very positive news about the wine business for 2017. Sorry to disappoint you, however, when I say up I mean prices. Yes that dreaded conversation we’re all going to have in the New Year about price increases. The... View Article

Red Hot Chile at The Square Bistro

Red Hot Chile at The Square Bistro

Give it away give it away give it away now; no I’m not about to tell you a story about going to a rock concert and drinking wine from a plastic bottle. Instead I’m going to tell you about the steaming hot wines coming out of Chile and how they... View Article

Wine education

Wine education

I’m writing this month’s article sitting in the packed departure lounge of Gatwick Airport. No I’m not flying off to some exotic destination; instead I’m flying back home to Belfast. I’ve just spent the past four days at The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET from here on) Head Office,... View Article

Wine and food never  tasted so good

Wine and food never tasted so good

I was born to be in the wine industry. The doctor who came to my family home in Omagh at three in the morning to help bring me into this world had just returned from a dinner party and he was reeking of the finest Champagne and red Bordeaux. So the first thing I smelt was... View Article