Congratulations to our DWS ‘Wine-Supremo’ Susan, who received the impressive (and magnificently titled!) ‘Worshipful Company of Distillers Award‘ at the WSET Graduation and Awards Ceremony at the stunning Guildhall in London.
The award is given to the person obtaining the highest marks in the WSET’s Level 2 Spirit examinations and Susan is a well-deserved recipient.
The Direct Wine Shipments Wine Academy, held in our own tasting rooms offers a series of WSET® qualifications and wine appreciation events throughout the year. click here for more info
Join Lee Barrie who champions Australian small, artisan producers from premium regions who produce outstanding wines that reflect the true essence of their region.
Lee was with us last year for our 60th Celebration Walkabout tasting and we are thrilled that he is returning to Belfast to a seated tasting focusing on the wine of Leconfield, Claymore and Richard Hamilton.
Come along and learn more about how good Australian wine can be.
Join us in our tasting room, for our first night at the movies in conjunction with Filmgoer, as we join Miles and Jack on their trip round the Californian vineyards. As they go in search of wine, in search of women, in search of themselves!
The evening will start with a brief introduction to “Sideways” by Rose Baker from Filmgoer.
A glass of Californian Pinot Noir is included in the ticket price.
We were delighted to officially launch Ballybosch on Wednesday 26th November with local and international Rugby Stars Ruan Pienaar and Robbie Diack.
Robbie and Ruan had the idea of creating their own South African wine while delayed in Italy after an international match. Over a glass of red, the seeds for what would become Ballybosch wine were sown. In conjunction with Brenaissance Winery, belonging to Robbie’s brother and sister-in-law Tom and Haley Breytenbach, they have produced a zesty juicy Sauvignon Blanc & a full flavoured unctuous red using Malbec, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The name Ballybosch comes from “Bally”, the prefix for many towns in Northern Ireland and “Bosch” for the Stellenbosch region in South Africa, where the vineyard is situated.
Robbie Diack said “it’s been fascinating to see our idea come to fruition. As everyone knows we are passionate about rugby, but we are also passionate about wine. Both Ruan and I & really enjoy living in Northern Ireland. We have seen a lot of wines available from many countries but few from South Africa. We wanted to show that South Africa is not only good for rugby but a wonderful producer of quality wines”
Ruan Pienaar said “Everyone we have spoken to is really excited about it. People in Belfast enjoy good food, good wine and they enjoy their rugby, so I think the three of them go together really well”.
We are thrilled to be working with Robbie, Ruan and the excellent team at Brenaissance. Director, Peter McAlindon said “Anyone that has tried the wines thinks they are fantastic. Celebrity wines often don’t live up to expectation and are often overpriced. However, one of the things that really pleased us was that Robbie & Ruan knew the wine had to be very competitive and had to ‘over deliver’ in terms of quality for the price”.
Director, Neal McAlindon said “We will only bring in new wines if we believe they add value and a point of difference to our current listings. These wines unequivocally impressed our tasting team”.
THE RED: A unique blend including Malbec, Shiraz & Cabernet.
Full bodied, juicy, textured red with superb structure. Great with all beef dishes.
THE WHITE: 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Fresh flavours of guava, apple & gooseberry.
Elegant & classy. Superb with chicken, fish, goat’s cheese etc..
Terms & Conditions There will be 3 winner randomly selected. Each will receive 2 tickets to the Ballybosch launch, 1 signed Ballybosch Shirt & 1 bottle each of Sauvignon Blanc & Red The winners must be able to come along to the Ballybosch launch on Wednesday 26th November at 12noon No alternative prize is available The winners will be chosen on Friday 21st November at 1pm and the winners will be notified by email or Facebook
Christmas is a time to eat, drink and be merry and we at Direct Wine Shipments (DWS) are big fans of this. Our love of food and wine has motivated our buying and tasting team to search the globe for the finest gift ideas for this our Christmas selection.
Inside you will find a fantastic range of specially selected cases and gift ideas to suit all budgets and tastes.
MONDAY 2ND : MONDAY 9TH : MONDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2015
Our popular wine course begins with an introduction to wine tasting. Over the 3 weeks we will explore wine styles, classic grape varieties and some of the more unusual ones from around the world.
Even if you have been on a course before it’s worth keeping up to date. The wine world is constantly changing and this course is always a good opportunity to taste new wines, discover new regions or rediscover old ones.
The course costs £95 per person for 3 weeks. This includes all lectures and notes, plus a tasting kit consisting of 6 ISO tasting glasses, corkscrew and pen.
We are delighted to introduce the NEW BALLYBOSCH wines to N. Ireland.
Local & International Rugby Stars Ruan Pienaar and Robbie Diack, in conjunction with Brenaissance in their native South Africa, have created a wonderful Sauvignon Blanc and a fine Red blend.
Ballybosch takes its name from ‘Bally’ meaning townland locally and ‘Bosch’ from Stellenbosch were the wine is made in South Africa.
BALLYBOSCH RED BLEND £9.99
A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz giving a full bodied, juicy, textured red with superb structure.
Saturday 6th December 2014, 2 for 2.30pm – SOLD OUT
£17.50 per person
Join us on Saturday 29th November for a fabulous Spanish Christmas with Luis Marculeta or on Saturday 6th December to taste a selection of traditional and eclectic recommendations for the festive period with Jason Busby.
These will be an informal and fun journey through the minefield that is Christmas entertaining!
In keeping with tradition the final wine will be accompanied by the gorgeous Ditty’s mince pies!
For a relaxing & enjoyable way to spend a Saturday afternoon in the lead up to Christmas madness – look no further that Direct Wine Shipments.