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9th September 2020

Vegan & Vegetarian Friendly Wines

Vegan & Vegetarian Friendly Wines

Most wines come into contact with animal products during the fining process of wine production. Fortunately, winemakers are now producing an increasing amount of alternatives to these products that are vegan and vegetarian friendly. We have picked out some of our top selling options which use animal friendly fining agents, including a mouth-watering Spanish cava!

Dominio De Punctum 75cl - €17.95 http://bit.ly/DominioDePunctum

On the palate this wines is complex with velvet tannins and a long lasting finish. This wine is made from organically grown grapes using biodynamic farming practices and is also suitable for vegans.

Viejas Tinajas Cinsault 75cl - €22.49 http://bit.ly/ViejasTinajasCinsault

A dark violet colour wine with a floral bouquet with notes of violets, cherries, blackberries and black fruit. Offering a smooth finish that is fresh on the palate and great structure. This wine is aged in Amphorae vessels, a local tradition dating back to 1551, and is suitable for vegans.

Maria Casanovas Cava 75cl - €24.95 http://bit.ly/MariaCasanovasCava

A medium bodied Spanish Cava with a palate that focuses on bright citrus fruits with waxy texture and strong mineral notes. Made using biodynamic farming practices and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

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24th January 2020

8 in a row for The Wine Centre at the 2020 NOFFLA Awards!

8 in a row for The Wine Centre at the 2020 NOFFLA Awards!

8 in a row for The Wine Centre at the 2020 NOFFLA Awards!

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Leinster Off-Licence of the Year 2020 title at the recent NOFFLA (National Off-Licence Association) awards night in Dublin on Monday 20th January. This is the eighth consecutive year our team have won this award!

The awards, now in their 24th year, recognise and showcase excellence in the independent off-licence sector. The awards also highlight those retailers that offer exceptional customer service and demonstrate excellence in retail standards.

Speaking after the awards presentation, The Wine Centre manager Mark Tormey said “We are absolutely delighted to have won the award again. Winning the award is a culmination of the knowledge of my team and the great range of products we offer. We are constantly seeking out new ranges and Irish products from craft and small producers that epitimoise what The Wine Centre is about; selection, expertise, quality, value for money”.

Over the past ten years, The Wine Centre has won a NOFFLA award each year, with the Customers Service of the Year award in 2011, Spirits Specialist of the Year in 2012 and each year since maintaining an exceptional standard by winning the Leinster Off-Licence of the year.

Pictured above is Dante, accepting the award on behalf of the Wine Centre team.

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10th January 2020

Organic Wine Options....

Organic Wine Options....

It’s the time of year again when most of us look to shake off the excesses of the festive period and look for some healthier alternatives when it comes to food & drink.

Here at The Wine Centre, our in-store experts have picked out some organic options – offering healthier and environmentally friendly alternatives without having to compromise on quality and taste...

There is increasing interest in organic wines, because of their quality and positive benefits to the environment. Organic wine is grown using sustainable faming methods that protects the environment and preserves the life of both the soil and the vines. We have picked out the three organic options below, that include a red wine, white wine and prosecco.

 Canforrales Syrah-Tempranillo 75cl - €13.95 http://bit.ly/CanforralesSyrah-Tempranillo

Characterised by the ripe, red fruits of the Tempranillo grape with the syrah offering a mature, velvety and floral expression.

 

Canforrales Viognier Sauvignon Blanc 75cl - €13.95 http://bit.ly/CanforralesViognierSauvBlanc

A young, fresh sauvignon blanc highlighted by clean aromas and tropical fruits. An organic wine with a palate that is light, fresh and fruity.

La Jara Prosecco Organic Frizzate 75cl - €17.95 http://bit.ly/LaJaraProsecco

A 100% organic Prosecco with a delicate scent of acacia flowers and golden apples. Fresh and aromatic with a light sparkle and delicate foam.

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10th January 2020

Low Sulfite Wines

Low Sulfite Wines

Non or low-sulfite wines are produced without added sulfites, but may contain small amounts of naturally occurring sulfites – white wine more so than red. Sulfur dioxide, a compound formed from sulfur and oxygen, occurs naturally during fermentation in small quantities, so all wines will have a very small amount of natural sulfites present. Low sulfite wines are ideal for those who suffer from negative side effects of sulfites, and here we have selected a Spanish red and an Italian Friulano – both low sulfite options.

Milu 75cl - €17.95 http://bit.ly/MiluVegan

A lively and expressive Spanish wine coming from high altitude vineyards. The Milu is a dry red wine with ripe tannins and flavours of wild strawberry, black cherry and thyme. Suitable for vegans and vegetarian, this wine is sustainably produced and minimum sulfite content.

I Clivi Friulano 75cl - €22.95 http://bit.ly/ICliviFriulano

A subtle, aromatic white wine with hints of citrus fruit, wild flowers and fine-herb aromas as well as a nutty and slightly creamy finish. This wine is sustainably produced and contains minimum sulfite content.

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22nd November 2019

ANNUAL LIONS CLUB WINE FAIR 2019

ANNUAL LIONS CLUB WINE FAIR 2019

LIONS CLUB FUNDRAISER, Kilkenny wine lovers support local School.

The Wine Centre, 15 John Street, Kilkenny, attracted wine lovers from the across the local area on Thursday 7th November for the 21st  Annual Wine Fair in association with the Kilkenny Lions Club, where over 70 wines, beers and spirits were on offer!

This year’s event in conjunction with the Lions Club has helped to raise over €3,000 and counting for The School of The Holy Spirit, which provides an educational service to children in the Kilkenny and surrounding areas who are diagnosed with ASD, Aspergers Syndrome, emotional and behavioural difficulties and other special needs.

Once again the tastings proved extremely popular, and Mayor Martin Brett, also in attendance, welcomed everyone to the event on behalf of the Lions Club. Rodger Curran president of the Kilkenny Lions Club said they were delighted to team up again with the Wine Centre and congratulated the School of the Holy Spirit for providing vital educational services to children in the Kilkenny and surrounding areas.

Simon Hawkins, Marketing Executive for O’Keeffes Group said they were delighted to once again be working with the Lions Club to help raise funds for such an important local cause. “We take great pride in the fact that as a local family run business we are able to put on events such as this to help local causes each year – and hope that everyone enjoyed the evening as much as we did!”

Since its inception in 1999, the annual Wine Fair has gone from strength to strength, and plans are already under way for next year’s event!

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