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Organic Wine from Northeastern Spain

Organic Production Organic wine is becoming very popular.  We have several from Tomàs Cusiné an organic winemaker from Catalunya.  Although not as well-known for wine as Rioja to the west, Catalunya still has a long history of winemaking.  Indeed, the Greeks and Phoenicians brought it with them before the dawn...

More Organic Wines – These from France

Organic wine from the Rhone Valley As well as our selection of organic wines from Milazzo in Agrigento in Sicily, we will be offering two new sets of organic wines on our next list. The Arnoux winery in Vacqueyras has a history of winemaking going back to 1717.  They have...

How To Get Free Wine Samples

A warm welcome from Northwestern Wine to you! You may have found your way to us via Instagram, Facebook or even a friend. You are probably looking for free wine samples and we are happy to provide. Our Service To You: We select wines from smaller independent family producers.  Most...

Some more about Sicilian Wine

Some dessert wines In previous posts, we discussed several of our organic Sicilian wines and their grapes. Free wine samples in Ireland from Sicily are hard to find but remember we supply them nationwide. Here are some other Sicilian grapes which are also worth knowing about. One is Malvasia. In...

Native White Sicilian Grapes

Native white Sicilian grapes Grillo, Inzolia and Catarratto There are several lovely native white Sicilian grapes. Three are well-known as contributors to Sicily’s historically important Marsala, a fortified wine from the northwest of the island. But Grillo, Inzolia and Catarratto are now finding a more important role in high quality...

Nerello Cappuccio – a native Sicilian grape from Mount Etna

Nerello Cappuccio is a another red variety native to Sicily.  It is best known from the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna.  Here it flourishes especially at altitudes greater than 350 meters.  Some have traced the origin of this variety to at least 1839 and to the area between Trecastagni and...

Nero d’Avola the flagship grape of Sicily

Nero d’Avola Northwestern Wine has a range of wines made from Nero d'Avola. It holds its own with the titans of Italy, traditionally from the North and centre of the country. Nebbiolo is famous for the creation of Barolo and Barbaresco and Sangiovese for Brunello di Montalcino. Southern Italian grapes...

Sicilian Wine: Some New Arrivals

Sicilian Wine Climate There was a time when Sicilian wine, with the exception of the fortified Marsala, had a mediocre reputation.  Not any more.  Northwestern Wine has access to some beautiful wine from Sicily. These show, as with so many other Italian wines, how matters have changed utterly in the...

Another Interesting Read for Wine Drinkers in Ireland

A Kingdom of Wine The Wild Geese Northwestern Wine samples are a great way to get to taste our wine free.  And what better way to sample them than with a good read?  Another book came our way recently which should fascinate anyone with an interest in the Irish contribution...

An Interesting Read with a Good Italian Wine

An Immodest Proposal – Wine and Health We received a very interesting little volume recently here at Northwestern Wine, the author being one Giovanni Morelli.   He was once – over 40 years ago - a teacher of mine and had a distinguished career in medicine in Ireland, haematology to be...

New organic wines from Sicily

Organic wines from Milazzo in Sicily Maria Costanza Northwestern Wine now has imported several wines from the Milazzo organic winery in Italy to Ireland. We have 3 whites, one of which is sparkling, and 3 reds.  See the Sicilian section for detailed descriptions.  These wines are exclusive to Northwestern Wine....

The Black Cock of Chianti

The Gallo Nero Chianti is a popular wine in Sligo and elsewhere in Ireland too. Bottles of this wine frequently display an image of a black cock or rooster – the Gallo Nero - which has become the symbol of Chianti. It is now also the symbol of the Chianti...

Organic and Biodynamic wine in Sligo and Galway

Organic and Biodynamic wine Interest in organic wine continues to grow in Sligo, Galway and the Northwest with our rising environmental awareness.  But what exactly is organic viticulture and grape production?  Organic winemakers use natural resources and production methods which are sensitive to the environment. The organic growers who supply...

COVID AND PHYLLOXERA – TERRIBLE TWINS OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND

COVID Most of us here in Sligo and the Northwest who drink wine have heard of COVID and are aware of its profound impact on us all. But the pandemic has also had a marked effect on the wine industry. In Spain, for example, closed bars and restaurants seemed unthinkable...

Fish, Eggs, Carrageen moss and Wine

Here's a question for wine drinkers here in Sligo and the northwest.  What do sturgeons, carrageen moss and eggs have in common?  In order to answer this, a small amount of knowledge about one stage of wine production is necessary.  After fermenting the grape juice and the wine is made,...

Northwestern Wine and working around Covid here in Sligo

Hi Everyone and welcome to Northwestern Wine website.  We think we have come up with a solution to COVID and wine tasting in a novel way for Sligo and the Northwest.   We will be offering samples which you can choose from our wine list and we will deliver them to...

Welcome to Northwestern Wine Blog Page

Welcome to the updated website of Sligo-based Northwestern Wine and to our blog page. We really hope you like the website.  In our posts we will keep you up to date with our wine enterprise and will also have some interesting things to share with you.  Here are some important...

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