The taxing cost of drinking Wine in Ireland

The recent imposition of an additional 45% / €1 in excise duty on a standard 75cl bottle of wine will add well over €2.50 to the cost for a customer of a bottle of wine in a restaurant.

Greedy, cynical, self interested Government politicans & officials thinking: those who drink wine can afford to pay a few extra Euro. Tosh.

A wine drinker imbibing three €10 bottles a week already contributes €633 in Duty and VAT per year, this nasty tax rise will add over €150 to that figure, coming close to a grand in tax for the annual pleasure of sipping even average fermented grapes.

The duty is now €3.19 (€6.37 on a bottle of Fizz) and as most Shippers, Restaurateurs and Retailers regard duty as a cost, a full 23% of the total cost on or off trade is VAT.

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The tax take on a €10 bottle of wine is approximately 50%, but reduces to about a third of a €20 bottle of wine. And, you are getting significantly more grape and terroir; technically 5 times the quality in a €20 bottle as in a €10 bottle.

This quality rises exponentially the more you invest.

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So a suggestion:

Drink less but enjoy better value by spending more per bottle;

Buy good or better quality wine to reduce the tax take to those inept and cynical twonk Politicans & Civil Servants;

Of course, the Revenue still get their money and the distributor and retailers still retain their margins, however, you will be getting a much better wine and will help to add more value for the producer.

Stop whining I hear you say.

Domaine Alary Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages 2011

Domaine Alary Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages 2011

Domaine Alary Cairanne F (Small) Domaine Alary Cairanne R (Small)

This is a big earthy wine from the village of Cairanne and the house of Denis Alary, whom Parker labels a Star of the area.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah & Carignan, it was every bit as good as a more ‘upmarket’ Hermitage.

Massive fruit, thick dark purple colour, smooth taste.

We served this to the Collets at Dinner, and Sean and I both enjoyed it.


Gonfalone Chianti 2012 Trambusti

Gonfalone Chianti F (Small) Gonfalone Chianti R (Small)

Dad brought this to Sunday Lunch.

Great weather  – we were able to dine al fresco with all the McConkeys at the one table.

Classic Chianti from Tuscany. Silky smooth mouthfeel, complex subtle flavours.

90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero

Great aftertaste, highly recommended for red meat and cheese.

I now regret not decanting it.