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Martin Moran: Youth is overrated: aged wines can be bottles of pure magic

Martin Moran: Youth is overrated: aged wines can be bottles of pure magic

Young may be beautiful, but beauty isn’t always young. Maybe it’s because I spend so much time assessing young wines, that “youthful” has become how I expect r [...]

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Martin Moran: Food-friendly fino sherry is the perfect foil for fish and chips

Martin Moran: Food-friendly fino sherry is the perfect foil for fish and chips

This week’s column is a paean of praise to fabulous fino — my sherry amour.Fino is made in Andalusia, in southern Spain, from palomino grapes grown in the tria [...]

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Martin Moran: Rainbow nation’s colourful wines need your custom

Martin Moran: Rainbow nation’s colourful wines need your custom

The Covid-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves through the finances of many families and companies in Ireland, and hit the economy hard. Not surprisingly, we have b [...]

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Martin Moran picks the best wines from lesser-known varieties and regions

Martin Moran picks the best wines from lesser-known varieties and regions

One of the great pleasures of wine is discovery, of finding something you like from a grape variety you’ve never heard of or from a region you’ve never tried. [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best wines from l...→
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Martin Moran picks the best oak-aged white wines

Martin Moran picks the best oak-aged white wines

Some varieties take to oak like a duck to water, with chardonnay in Burgundy being the best example. When fermentation and ageing in small barrels (especially [...]

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Martin Moran picks the best rosé wines ready for summer

Martin Moran picks the best rosé wines ready for summer

The weather should start to warm up soon, as spring turns to summer — and rosé will come into its own. It’s an increasingly popular summer choice, but there is [...]

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Martin Moran: Imbibers are sweet on smooth wine that trips off the tongue

Martin Moran: Imbibers are sweet on smooth wine that trips off the tongue

What do most people seem to want when it comes to a bottle of wine? Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc, Ireland’s bestseller. After that, in terms of popularity, i [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Imbibers are sweet on smoo...→
Martin Moran: Where careful critics lead, casual imbibers choose not to follow

Martin Moran: Where careful critics lead, casual imbibers choose not to follow

Is there a fundamental schism between critics and the mainstream in whatever sphere you care to think of? Jeremy Clarkson has disparaged the Toyota Corolla in [...]

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Martin Moran: Fêted red wine regions are surprisingly good at making the white stuff

Martin Moran: Fêted red wine regions are surprisingly good at making the white stuff

What do Bordeaux, the Rhône, Rioja, Douro and Tuscany all have in common? They are, of course, all celebrated for the quality of their red wines. What is less [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Fêted red wine regions are...→
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Martin Moran picks the best sparkling wine and pét-nat

Martin Moran picks the best sparkling wine and pét-nat

The best fizz is made when the bubbles are created in a second fermentation in the bottle, as with champagne. The Spanish and English do it, but prosecco nearl [...]

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Martin Moran picks the best champagne

Martin Moran picks the best champagne

Sparkling wine is made all over the world, but no one does it as well as the French in the Champagne region. Who doesn’t smile when they hear that cork pop? Mu [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best champagne...→
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Martin Moran: Winemaking process puts some terroir myths in their place

Martin Moran: Winemaking process puts some terroir myths in their place

Wine, like any other industry, has its fashions. When I first got involved in the business, in the 1980s, there was a joke in Australia that went: “What’s the [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Winemaking process puts so...→
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Martin Moran: Go loco for a juicy godello in Spain’s great wine getaway

Martin Moran: Go loco for a juicy godello in Spain’s great wine getaway

With an apparent proliferation of pinot grigio and prosecco in the past half-decade or so, the casual observer might expect Italy’s share of the Irish wine mar [...]

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Martin Moran: There’s something about a bottle of ‘clean’ wine made by Cameron Diaz

Martin Moran: There’s something about a bottle of ‘clean’ wine made by Cameron Diaz

Ever been fooled by an April 1 news story? I was briefly this year by a piece on wineindustryadvisor.com, which announced the launch of a range of wines by Gwy [...]

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Martin Moran picks the best fortified and dessert wines

Martin Moran picks the best fortified and dessert wines

Sherry, port and all the other fortified wines are not just a drink for your granny, but historic, often quite fabulous wines with beautiful, intense and compl [...]

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Martin Moran picks the best crisp, dry and light-to-medium bodied white wines

Martin Moran picks the best crisp, dry and light-to-medium bodied white wines

Quality in dry white wine isn’t just about fruity varietal character. A good one should have texture you can relate to the terroir — that is, say, like a wet r [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best crisp, dry a...→
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Martin Moran picks the best cheap wines costing €10 or less

Martin Moran picks the best cheap wines costing €10 or less

The level of tax on wine in Ireland, plus the cost of shipping and retailer’s profit, means buying at under €10 does not leave a lot to pay the producer, so yo [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best cheap wines ...→
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Martin Moran: Youth is overrated: aged wines can be bottles of pure magic

Martin Moran: Youth is overrated: aged wines can be bottles of pure magic

Young may be beautiful, but beauty isn’t always young. Maybe it’s because I spend so much time assessing young wines, that “youthful” has become how I expect r [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Youth is overrated: aged w...→
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Martin Moran: Go loco for a juicy godello in Spain’s great wine getaway

Martin Moran: Go loco for a juicy godello in Spain’s great wine getaway

With an apparent proliferation of pinot grigio and prosecco in the past half-decade or so, the casual observer might expect Italy’s share of the Irish wine mar [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Go loco for a juicy godell...→
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Martin Moran: Where careful critics lead, casual imbibers choose not to follow

Martin Moran: Where careful critics lead, casual imbibers choose not to follow

Is there a fundamental schism between critics and the mainstream in whatever sphere you care to think of? Jeremy Clarkson has disparaged the Toyota Corolla in [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Where careful critics lead...→
Martin Moran: Rainbow nation’s colourful wines need your custom

Martin Moran: Rainbow nation’s colourful wines need your custom

The Covid-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves through the finances of many families and companies in Ireland, and hit the economy hard. Not surprisingly, we have b [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Rainbow nation’s colourful...→
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Martin Moran picks the best fortified and dessert wines

Martin Moran picks the best fortified and dessert wines

Sherry, port and all the other fortified wines are not just a drink for your granny, but historic, often quite fabulous wines with beautiful, intense and compl [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best fortified an...→
  • #Martin Moran
Martin Moran picks the best sparkling wine and pét-nat

Martin Moran picks the best sparkling wine and pét-nat

The best fizz is made when the bubbles are created in a second fermentation in the bottle, as with champagne. The Spanish and English do it, but prosecco nearl [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best sparkling wi...→
  • #Martin Moran
Martin Moran picks the best oak-aged white wines

Martin Moran picks the best oak-aged white wines

Some varieties take to oak like a duck to water, with chardonnay in Burgundy being the best example. When fermentation and ageing in small barrels (especially [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best oak-aged whi...→
Martin Moran picks the best cheap wines costing €10 or less

Martin Moran picks the best cheap wines costing €10 or less

The level of tax on wine in Ireland, plus the cost of shipping and retailer’s profit, means buying at under €10 does not leave a lot to pay the producer, so yo [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best cheap wines ...→
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Martin Moran: Winemaking process puts some terroir myths in their place

Martin Moran: Winemaking process puts some terroir myths in their place

Wine, like any other industry, has its fashions. When I first got involved in the business, in the 1980s, there was a joke in Australia that went: “What’s the [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Winemaking process puts so...→
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Martin Moran: Imbibers are sweet on smooth wine that trips off the tongue

Martin Moran: Imbibers are sweet on smooth wine that trips off the tongue

What do most people seem to want when it comes to a bottle of wine? Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc, Ireland’s bestseller. After that, in terms of popularity, i [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Imbibers are sweet on smoo...→
Martin Moran: Food-friendly fino sherry is the perfect foil for fish and chips

Martin Moran: Food-friendly fino sherry is the perfect foil for fish and chips

This week’s column is a paean of praise to fabulous fino — my sherry amour.Fino is made in Andalusia, in southern Spain, from palomino grapes grown in the tria [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Food-friendly fino sherry ...→
Martin Moran: There’s something about a bottle of ‘clean’ wine made by Cameron Diaz

Martin Moran: There’s something about a bottle of ‘clean’ wine made by Cameron Diaz

Ever been fooled by an April 1 news story? I was briefly this year by a piece on wineindustryadvisor.com, which announced the launch of a range of wines by Gwy [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: There’s something about a ...→
Martin Moran: Fêted red wine regions are surprisingly good at making the white stuff

Martin Moran: Fêted red wine regions are surprisingly good at making the white stuff

What do Bordeaux, the Rhône, Rioja, Douro and Tuscany all have in common? They are, of course, all celebrated for the quality of their red wines. What is less [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Fêted red wine regions are...→
  • #Martin Moran
Martin Moran picks the best wines from lesser-known varieties and regions

Martin Moran picks the best wines from lesser-known varieties and regions

One of the great pleasures of wine is discovery, of finding something you like from a grape variety you’ve never heard of or from a region you’ve never tried. [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best wines from l...→
  • #Martin Moran
Martin Moran picks the best crisp, dry and light-to-medium bodied white wines

Martin Moran picks the best crisp, dry and light-to-medium bodied white wines

Quality in dry white wine isn’t just about fruity varietal character. A good one should have texture you can relate to the terroir — that is, say, like a wet r [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best crisp, dry a...→
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Martin Moran picks the best champagne

Martin Moran picks the best champagne

Sparkling wine is made all over the world, but no one does it as well as the French in the Champagne region. Who doesn’t smile when they hear that cork pop? Mu [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best champagne...→
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Martin Moran picks the best rosé wines ready for summer

Martin Moran picks the best rosé wines ready for summer

The weather should start to warm up soon, as spring turns to summer — and rosé will come into its own. It’s an increasingly popular summer choice, but there is [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best rosé wines r...→
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Martin Moran: Youth is overrated: aged wines can be bottles of pure magic

Martin Moran: Youth is overrated: aged wines can be bottles of pure magic

Young may be beautiful, but beauty isn’t always young. Maybe it’s because I spend so much time assessing young wines, that “youthful” has become how I expect r [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Youth is overrated: aged w...→
  • #Martin Moran
Martin Moran: Imbibers are sweet on smooth wine that trips off the tongue

Martin Moran: Imbibers are sweet on smooth wine that trips off the tongue

What do most people seem to want when it comes to a bottle of wine? Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc, Ireland’s bestseller. After that, in terms of popularity, i [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Imbibers are sweet on smoo...→
Martin Moran: Go loco for a juicy godello in Spain’s great wine getaway

Martin Moran: Go loco for a juicy godello in Spain’s great wine getaway

With an apparent proliferation of pinot grigio and prosecco in the past half-decade or so, the casual observer might expect Italy’s share of the Irish wine mar [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Go loco for a juicy godell...→
  • #Martin Moran
Martin Moran: Food-friendly fino sherry is the perfect foil for fish and chips

Martin Moran: Food-friendly fino sherry is the perfect foil for fish and chips

This week’s column is a paean of praise to fabulous fino — my sherry amour.Fino is made in Andalusia, in southern Spain, from palomino grapes grown in the tria [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Food-friendly fino sherry ...→
Martin Moran: Where careful critics lead, casual imbibers choose not to follow

Martin Moran: Where careful critics lead, casual imbibers choose not to follow

Is there a fundamental schism between critics and the mainstream in whatever sphere you care to think of? Jeremy Clarkson has disparaged the Toyota Corolla in [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Where careful critics lead...→
Martin Moran: There’s something about a bottle of ‘clean’ wine made by Cameron Diaz

Martin Moran: There’s something about a bottle of ‘clean’ wine made by Cameron Diaz

Ever been fooled by an April 1 news story? I was briefly this year by a piece on wineindustryadvisor.com, which announced the launch of a range of wines by Gwy [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: There’s something about a ...→
Martin Moran: Rainbow nation’s colourful wines need your custom

Martin Moran: Rainbow nation’s colourful wines need your custom

The Covid-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves through the finances of many families and companies in Ireland, and hit the economy hard. Not surprisingly, we have b [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Rainbow nation’s colourful...→
  • #Martin Moran
Martin Moran: Fêted red wine regions are surprisingly good at making the white stuff

Martin Moran: Fêted red wine regions are surprisingly good at making the white stuff

What do Bordeaux, the Rhône, Rioja, Douro and Tuscany all have in common? They are, of course, all celebrated for the quality of their red wines. What is less [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Fêted red wine regions are...→
  • #Martin Moran
Martin Moran picks the best fortified and dessert wines

Martin Moran picks the best fortified and dessert wines

Sherry, port and all the other fortified wines are not just a drink for your granny, but historic, often quite fabulous wines with beautiful, intense and compl [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best fortified an...→
  • #Martin Moran
Martin Moran picks the best wines from lesser-known varieties and regions

Martin Moran picks the best wines from lesser-known varieties and regions

One of the great pleasures of wine is discovery, of finding something you like from a grape variety you’ve never heard of or from a region you’ve never tried. [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best wines from l...→
  • #Martin Moran
Martin Moran picks the best sparkling wine and pét-nat

Martin Moran picks the best sparkling wine and pét-nat

The best fizz is made when the bubbles are created in a second fermentation in the bottle, as with champagne. The Spanish and English do it, but prosecco nearl [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best sparkling wi...→
  • #Martin Moran
Martin Moran picks the best crisp, dry and light-to-medium bodied white wines

Martin Moran picks the best crisp, dry and light-to-medium bodied white wines

Quality in dry white wine isn’t just about fruity varietal character. A good one should have texture you can relate to the terroir — that is, say, like a wet r [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best crisp, dry a...→
  • #Martin Moran
Martin Moran picks the best oak-aged white wines

Martin Moran picks the best oak-aged white wines

Some varieties take to oak like a duck to water, with chardonnay in Burgundy being the best example. When fermentation and ageing in small barrels (especially [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best oak-aged whi...→
Martin Moran picks the best champagne

Martin Moran picks the best champagne

Sparkling wine is made all over the world, but no one does it as well as the French in the Champagne region. Who doesn’t smile when they hear that cork pop? Mu [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best champagne...→
  • #Martin Moran
Martin Moran picks the best cheap wines costing €10 or less

Martin Moran picks the best cheap wines costing €10 or less

The level of tax on wine in Ireland, plus the cost of shipping and retailer’s profit, means buying at under €10 does not leave a lot to pay the producer, so yo [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best cheap wines ...→
  • #Martin Moran
Martin Moran picks the best rosé wines ready for summer

Martin Moran picks the best rosé wines ready for summer

The weather should start to warm up soon, as spring turns to summer — and rosé will come into its own. It’s an increasingly popular summer choice, but there is [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran picks the best rosé wines r...→
  • #Martin Moran
Martin Moran: Winemaking process puts some terroir myths in their place

Martin Moran: Winemaking process puts some terroir myths in their place

Wine, like any other industry, has its fashions. When I first got involved in the business, in the 1980s, there was a joke in Australia that went: “What’s the [...]

Read full article: Martin Moran: Winemaking process puts so...→
  • #Martin Moran