Appealing Cases from Galway

It was only a matter of time for quality wines from Slovenia to make their debut on the Irish market. Ever since the country joined the EU in 2004, its wine industry has been in the process of modernisation with the help of EU funding and a small but significant number of wine growers are now producing bottles which can match those of West European competitors in terms of quality and value.

Lower end Slovenian wines can be found in some multiples, but Cases Wine Warehouse from Galway is listing a small but interesting selection from Vina Poljsak in the Vipavska Valley.

At a portfolio tasting in Dublin this week, Cases md Peter Boland showed a Sauvignon Blanc and Rumeni Muscat from this producer, both of which were good examples of their varietals and indeed of this region which also produces quantities of Chardonnay, Sauvignon, and the indigenous Zelen, Pinela, and Vitovska Garganja grapes. Both wines were from the quality end of the Slovenian industry and with rrps of €23.95, they are likely to appeal to either the adventurous or the specialist consumer.

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To Malbec !

Frank Corr celebrates with Argentina

This article appears in the June-July issue of 'Hotel and Restaurant Times'

‘Please- not another Arthur’s Day’ was my initial reaction to an invitation celebrating  ‘Malbec World Day’.

If Malbec can climb on this band-wagon are we to be assailed by ‘Days’ celebrating every grape varietal on Earth?.

Hopefully not, but regional wine producers will certainly be looking with interest at the publicity for this particular grape and wines of Argentina, generated by the third annual ‘Malbec Day’ in key territories. They will also take note of the edgy theme of this year’s event which has enlisted the support of graffiti artistes who will either enhance or vandalise  (depending on your viewpoint), various public spaces around the world. The message that ‘Argentina wines are for the young’ is however very clear.

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The Pope's Wines


On Wednesday 14th March the world witnessed Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio step out onto the balcony in the Vatican and become Pope Francis, the first Argentinean and indeed the first South American to assume the highest position in the Catholic Church.

The bonds between Italy and Argentina are strong and long-established and the appointment of Pope Francis - himself born in Buenos Aires to Italian emigrants - seems to personify this relationship. And as is so often the case the world of wine reflects the realities of life, so let us introduce to you a unique wine that, like Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was born in Argentina to Italian parents.

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