Ingredients Pitted Nocellara olivesAnchovies – tinned or marinated, but not the bony brined ones Pickled chilli peppers, from a jarExtra Virgin Olive oil Method Use some wooden toothpicks to make...Read More
It started as a story about wine and it's still a story about wine. The Green Man Wines name sums up the a multi-faceted experience. The green man is a cheeky reference to the pedestrian traffic lights at our door and green is a positive, can-do and dynamic colour. It also represents our philosophy about sustainability in business and sourcing wines that are sustainably produced, following organic, biodynamic or natural wine making practices.
The man is David - he's at the heart of this business and is an indelible part of this community. The reference to wines is easy - wine is simply what we do and what we're about. Wine is our passion and our motivation - discovering new wines, understanding their make-up, the people behind them, the philosophy, the dream that brought them from grape to bottle.
We love to learn the stories and share them and we'll nearly always talk about food, when talking about wine. The experience is everything! Welcome to Green Man Wines Become part of our wine community - sign up today
Meet The Team
If we are the wheels on the bike of Green Man Wines, then David is the central cog. Without Dave, it's green wines, without the man. It is David's vision that inspires us and drives us forward, and his energy for change and giving something a try makes everybody a bit braver in their work. Dave can cook and loves to cook - we're lucky enough to occasionally get lunch plonked down on the centre table, often a Mediterranean-inspired dish, on one big plate with 6 forks. It makes us feel like we're working the harvest in a vineyard and reminds us of the indelible connection of food, wine, friendship and laughter. He never fails to open a bottle of wine that he's been meaning to taste, so we can all decide whether or not to list it (in fact, there are quite a few wines on our shelves that won their listings over a communal lunch!). All of our suppliers love David - he will help anybody out and give anything a go, and if it works for us then everyone's happy!
Almost 10 years ago Luke's first foray into the wine world was getting a glamorous job washing dishes to fuel his playboy lifestyle. After quickly becoming disillusioned with suds and being yelled at, Luke became completely enamoured by the world of wine. He thrust himself head first into, what he calls, a vino vortex, with his brain empty and his mouth open. He quickly became obsessed with the noble juice. "It's literally the only thing I am into,my only passion, my appearance and personal hygiene have completely fallen by the wayside". When he is not frolicking in the meadows or climbing trees, you can find him in Green Man jabbering about wine
Bryce is the undisputed Queen of Green Man Wines - regal and proud! And he loves, LOVES rosé. He's the artist of the team and the man responsible for the brilliant window drawings and displays. A native of Perth in Australia, he provides much comic relief with his naturally funny disposition. He isn't a bit shy, makes valiant attempts to phonetically pronounce both Irish and French words (to great merriment) and is the King of the kitchen. (Yes, he sits on both thrones, there's little debate about that!). Bryce mans the Green Man Larder, as well as our fridges, and he creates distracting displays of precisely cut and beautifully presented charcuterie, cheese, pesto, hummus and all the tasty sides. If you end up buying way more goodies than you had intended, because you just couldn't resist, well that's down to Bryce. He's effervescent, naturally curious and loves to learn through tasting and talking. Bryce won't hesitate to recommend you something that he loves, if he can resist recommending you a rosé. (Did we mention he loves rosé?) and he's another foodie, so don't forget to ask about what to eat with it (if you haven't already weighed yourself down with cheese and charcuterie!)"
With Saileog comes energy and cheerfulness with which the whole team feed off. She's passionate about the environment too, so was a natural fit for Green Man Wines. Saileog has a deep wine knowledge, which she loves to share. A native of Dublin, but with family roots in the West of Ireland, her adventure with wine began with a WSET course, the aim being to learn a little bit about the world of wine. What she hadn't anticipated was how the world of wine would change hers for the better. Wine captured her curiosity and she couldn't help but allow it to consume her. Initially she worked in restaurants from the remote world of Inis Meáin to the hustle of London city, where her enthusiasm for food and home cooking continued to grow, alongside her grá for the vine. Saileog replanted her roots in Dublin in 2013 and furthered her experience in wine by working in both wholesale and retail. You'll no doubt hear her describing wines, regions and potential food pairings with some enthusiastic hand and arm gestures, a new skill acquired during Lockdown, when facial expressions became hidden behind a mask.
Laura is the behind-the-scenes person at Green Man Wines. You won't see her out on the floor too often, although she nabs the center table as her office desk early in the week, when it's quiet. She claims that she likes the light, although, when pressed, it's more a case of FOMO and wanting to be at the heart of the action! Laura's main job is pulling everything together - she quizzes everyone for their ideas, thoughts and musings and puts them all together for whatever needs doing. Laura considers herself as being between two worlds when it comes to wine. She completed the WSET Diploma in 2004, so she's old enough to understand and love the classics, but young enough to be curious and excited about the innovation and energy behind the natural wine movement. She has a fondness for the great wines of classic regions like good Burgundy, Barolo and Riesling - mind you, as she says, don't we all?! A more budget-friendly obsession of hers has been the re-discovery of these and other regions through the lens of smaller wine producers. As with all of the team, Laura loves food and is always asking everyone what they ate over the weekend, how they cooked it and why they chose it. Not to mention the wine...
The Green Man Gourmet
You know we like to talk about wine and we definitely love to drink wine, but what's also true is that wine forms part of a much bigger overall experience. Many wine lovers can crystallise a wine moment, that defining experience of a glorious wine, with the perfect food, in the best company. It's very much a multi-dimensional experience. At Green Man, we rarely discuss a wine amongst ourselves or with customers, without talking about a perfect food pairing and it's usually based on what we have recently enjoyed.
Consequently, we thought we'd share some of our favourites with you. Every few weeks we'll give you 5 perfectly formed food and wine pairings to inspire you to get curious in the kitchen! The pairings are mostly the outputs from the Tuesday brain-drain, when we bounce into work after the weekend, brimming with stories of our weekend experiences, which are usually food and wine related! The first question we ask of each other is what was eaten or imbibed over the weekend, and we find ourselves going quickly down a rabbit hole about how things were prepared, cooked and eaten. We're a bit obsessed with food and wine, although we try to be abstemious with alcohol a couple of days a week.
We don't mind that, in fact, it adds to the anticipation of the post mid-week-hump dining event! Let us know if you try any of the pairings and send us any pictures! Don't forget to tag us on social media - we're on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!
The first 5 recipes are firm favourites amongst the team, and our go-to recipes for an easy, delicious meal. All are tried and tested at home or on team nights out with their wine pairings... bon appetit!
10 whole prawns For the Stock olive oil, for frying1 onion, roughly chopped1 stalk celery, roughly chopped1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped1 bay leaf2 sprigs parsley2 Tbsp (30 ml) tomato...Read More
100ml (4 fl oz) soy sauce1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce4 cloves garlic, minced2 tablespoons lemon juiceground black pepper to taste1 teaspoon olive oil4 pork loin chops (or pork steaks) In a...Read More
Ingredients 400g ground minced beef – round steak mince from your butcher is best100g ground minced pork100g smoked lardons or chopped pancetta1 onion1 stick celery2 cloves garlic1 carrot1 400g tin...Read More
Ingredients Fresh TunaWhite OnionJalapeño peppersToasted sesame seedsAvocado Marinade Soy sauceGinger pasteLime juiceSesame oil (Cilantro and lime wedges to serve) Make the marinade- combine soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice, and...Read More