In Vino Veritas

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In vino veritas, the old saying goes and, truth be told, a good wine is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Welcome to the wine lovers’ – and would-be lovers’ – gift guide:

  1. Pour a little magic on proceedings with a beautifully shaped decanter and use this carafe for wine leftovers.
  2. Keep it chilled with a traditional-style wine cooler or ice bucket.
  3. Glasses are crucial to the taste of your tipple. How about these all-year-rounders and festive glasses, come Christmas?
  4. These glass tags will come in handy at busy Christmas parties. You can also make your own.
  5. Achieve the right balance with the perfect wine bottle holder.
  6. Finally, keep your wine treasures safe with these pretty wine stoppers.
  7. Wine puzzle, anyone? Might be fun for St Stephen’s Day.

And now for the wines themselves! Pick your bottle of vino, case or hamper from Ireland’s best wine merchants: Wines Direct Ireland | The Wine Shop | French Wines IrelandCurious Wines.

Still not quite the connoisseur yet? These might come in handy before your next dinner party: learn all about tannins and pairings in these excellent tomes, and taste a few vintages in Ely Wine Bar and The Wine Buff Shop. Other good places in Dublin town: Chez Max |Olesya’s | Fallon & Byrne | Odessa and The Dublin Wine Rooms.

Wilson on Wine by John Wilson, Irish Times Books | Perfect Pairings by Fiona Beckett, Cico Books

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