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Happy, healthy holidays

This time of year, many festivities involve alcohol. And with social events sometimes around every corner, it's easy to let our alcohol consumption increase. January is a common time of year for people to report recently increased amounts of alcohol consumption together with renewed (or new) resolutions to cut back on drinking.

Celebrate the Spanish Institute with wine and tapas

The Spanish Institute at the Granary Learning Centre will host an evening of free demonstrations, wine, and tapas at Cava restaurant tomorrow (Friday) as the institute launches its cultural programme 2009.

Get down to business at Cava

Cava Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Bar recently launched its new business and corporate lunch programme and is the perfect place to take clients or discuss tactics while tucking into the wonderful organic and local produce that is on offer.

Organic wines

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I am often asked whether drinking organic wines will stop certain reactions like redness of the face or nasty headaches. These are some of the reactions that certain people get when drinking wine and it is not very pleasant I’m sure. First of all, the theory: ‘organic wines’ have to be made from 100 per cent organic grapes. This is important as if you see a label that says ‘made from organic grapes’ this may mean that only 70 per cent or more organically grown grapes were used in the making of the wine. Organic wines are grown without any manmade pesticides or fertilisers. Historically there were tons and tons of this stuff used, and there are legendary tales from the wine regions about fertiliser salesmen who became very wealthy unloading disgraceful amounts of this stuff with sales pitches where they told each grape grower how their neighbour was using so many tons per hectare, etc. Organic wineries do not add bags of oak chips to add flavour and they use only a very basic and traditional method for making the wine.

Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Snipes

With summer in full swing, Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Rosé is the perfect accompaniment to any garden party or summer soirée. Snipes are tailor made for any get-together, perfect for kick-starting festivities and leaving you spoiled for choice! With its generous red berry and citrus fruit flavours, it is the refreshing summer drink.

Celebrate good wine at O’Brien’s opening

O’Brien’s Wine Beer and Spirits has announced the opening of its newest store at the Galway Shopping Centre.

Fiori di Zucca, Dominick Street, GalwayFiori di Zucca, Dominick Street, Galway

Fiori di Zuca, which means pumpkin flowers, is a new venture from four women, three from Italy and one from Ireland. They describe it as a friendly and creative Italian café which is open seven days a week from 10am to 7pm. It is located at the end of Lower Dominick Street near the river and at the rear of the building that houses the new indoor market. Having chatted to Barbara and Roberta I think they may have just the right formula for the times we live in.

Cases Wine Christmas fair

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The Cases Wine Christmas Wine Fair will take place on Thursday November 5 at Cases Wine Warehouse on the Tuam Road. More than 120 wines from 20 importers will be available for tasting on the night, with the all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute. There will also be cheeses to sample from Seamus Sheridan and plenty of live music and craic. Last year’s event was a sell-out, raising more than €2,000 for Enable Ireland, and this year Peter Boland of Cases hopes to better that figure. Tickets for the fair cost €20 and the evening runs from 6.30pm to 10pm. For more details contact Cases at (091) 764 701, e-mail [email protected]

A bit of this and a bit of that

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This week I have a few different items to mention and would like to suggest that it might be a good time to shop around for Christmas wine. There are some really good deals available now and also watch out for some up and coming wine fairs such as Cases Wine Fair on the Tuam Road. It is on today (Thursday) from 6.30pm to 10pm and the €20 ticket will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute. There will be 120 wines to taste and cheese from Sheridan’s. As wine makes a really acceptable present I suggest you make an early Christmas present list and note anyone who would like a bottle or two or indeed a full case! If you are buying a pretty expensive wine for a wine lover, ask the advice of the wine shop’s most senior person and usually you will be well advised. We are well served in Galway with wine shops — O’Brien’s, McCambridge’s, Woodberrys, Harvest, Cases, Fine Wines, The Wine Buff, Noel O’Loughlin at, upstairs over Sheridan’s Cheese Shop, The Vineyard, and the organic wines from Dirk at the Saturday Market in Galway, off Shop Street. In fact, now that I list them all (hoping I have not forgotten any) I am amazed that there are indeed such a number.

Golden Days

Q. As a senior who enjoys a glass of wine with my supper several times a week, what’s the latest about this controversial topic? Is it good for us or not?


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