Irish Wine

The country of Ireland is divided into two parts: Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, and the independent Republic of Ireland in the south. What little wine-making exists. considering the cool, humid conditions, is mostly produced for local consumption in the Republic.

The main contribution to the booze world out of both parts of Ireland is “Usquebaugh,” or “uisce beatha,” both meaning “water of life” and later anglicized to “Whiskey.” Here it is spelled with the ‘e’ whereas in Scotland it is without. Whiskey distillation began in Ireland around 1000 AD when monks, who had learned the technique in their travels to the Middle East, began the practice from malted barley or oats at home. This brew was eventually sold at market, and became a popular beverage throughout the land. Legal distilling licenses were granted in the early 1600s, but with them, hefty liquor taxes. Many distillers took to making illegal whiskey Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Bushmills Malt 10yr 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • O'mara's Irish Country Cream NV


    I love this Irish much smoother than Baileys! I was able to purchase it at SAMS Club December 2010 - looked for it this year and they didn't carry it! I am still nursing my bottle and keep looking for it to be carried locally (Columbus GA). I found a liquor store that can get me the gift packs, but not single bottles...any sugges... Read More

    Wine review by dragoon

  • Baileys Original Irish Cream NV


    Baily's Irish Cream was the first liqueur that I tried. It is "ok". It has a little bitter after-taste. Not my favorite but it'll do for the smoothness. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Jameson Years 1780 Irish 2012


    Triple distillation gives this a unique flavor and smoothness. Read More

    Wine review by Mimi Kim

  • Black Lagoon Old Bush Vine Shiraz 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by MsLegs11

  • Jameson Years 1780 Irish 2012


    Love It!! this is what i drink when I'm out and about. when i walk into my local pub they need not ask.... (neat of course) Read More

    Wine review by adan0327

  • Tullamore Dew Year Old Irish Whiskey 2012


    Ok. I have to come out on record for saying I think Tullamore Dew is probably my favorite Whiskey. Not that i'm into spending a lot of money..... so I havent compared it to the more expensive options out there, but this Irish Whiskey is very smooth and refined with a nice controlled and warm finish. It impresses the hell out of me and its about ... Read More

    Wine review by redisnyce

  • Bunratty Meade


    No written review

    Wine review by kimlovessinging

  • Bunratty Mead


    No written review

    Wine review by ltlmismajk

  • I am a Newbie on this forum, Hi all. Living in Ireland. I am a social wine drinker, at the Mo, I prefer Chileran South African  and Australian reds. Cheers. Johnny Read More

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