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About winephantom

The recession has hit hard, no more tipping the last 1/2 glass out of the champagne bottle because it's a tad too warm. My lender would be kicking down my door for his interest if he knew I was drinking at all. Now I spend my time with the €5-€10 bottles discovering some real value and encountering some swamp donkeys to be avoided. This blog is a Wine Diploma holding palate, forced to trawl the murky depths populated by the bare knuckle fighters of the "entry level" wine world, trying to reveal the real crackers. Tasting notes exposed!! Regular explanations of the rubbish that are tasting notes! Wine Waffle indeed! Stories and trivia about wine.

The Food Pyramid

Recent changes to the recommended diet known as “The Food Pyramid” have been challenged in Ireland where thousands of travelling football fans at Euro 2016 sustained themselves on a long proven diet in Ireland based on a healthy balance of … Continue reading

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The World’s Coolest Wine Gadget!

The Wine Bra Flask! It’s the usual; corporate conglomerate buys the exclusive rights to sell you overpriced drinks at your favourite festival or game. This ingenious product has formalised something girls that I know have been doing for decades. Smuggle … Continue reading

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Sound Advice on Buying Wine for Christmas!

 ” Avoid buying your wine from the wine merchant  who has a face that  looks like they are undergoing a colonoscopy, instead buy your wine from the merchant who has a face that looks like they could tell you a … Continue reading

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A French Producer clearly with his sights set on the English speaking Export Market!!

                                                   Fire the  marketing manager!

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Six steps for Novices to get the best out of Wine Tasting Events

Many years ago, after my first wine tasting evening. I arrived home and my husband looked at me and asked me if I had been paintballing in a liquor store. I have moved of course on, but everybody has to … Continue reading

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5 Remedies for Removing Bothersome Red Wine Stains from your Teeth!

Ok, so you joke about the full moon and howl like a wolf yet deep down having crimson stained teeth really bothers you.  You could be one of a large percentage of wine drinkers who quickly look like a character … Continue reading

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Australian Shiraz-Beware the Danger Within!

May was Australian Wine Month; One evening,Wolf Blass Yellow Shiraz, Yellow Tail Reserve Shiraz, Lisa McGuigan Cab Shiraz, easy drinking..strong wines! too much consumed too much said, regrets!! Be warned!

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McLaren Vale Shiraz Tasting note

This month in honor of “Aussie Wine Month ” I have limited myself to drinking Australian wines only. Mclaren Vale Shiraz, a remarkably symmetrical wine whose approach and finish are completely harmonious. The black plum and apple fruit are ripe … Continue reading

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6 Reasons why Good Girls Shouldn’t Drink Pinot Grigio

      New research suggests that the tidal wave of poor, inexpensive Pinot Grigio that washed through the noughties and still splashes around the current decade is not good for us girls! The Society for the Eradication of Cheap … Continue reading

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A Christmas Recipe

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  

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