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So, if you've ever attended a wedding, dinner party, or any fancy event where alcohol is on offer, you'll know the effect a glass or two of prosecco can have. 

You think, 'ah yeah go on, sure one glass won't hurt', and before you know it you're sitting in a bathroom stall trying to compose yourself before anyone notices how tipsy you are. 

We've always put it down to the fact that we're just lightweights doomed to make fools of ourselves in social situations, but now it seems there's a actually a scientific reasoning behind the phenomenon. 

According to reports, fizzy alcoholic drinks like prosecco and champagne DO actually get us drunk faster. 

Apparently the affect is caused by the bubbles, which help move the alcohol into our bloodstreams much more rapidly than other alcohols. 

See, when our stomachs are full of fizz, the prosecco is forced to push through at a much quicker pace, meaning it'll go to you head before you know it. 

I don't know about you, but I feel as though a weight has been lifted off my shoulders – it all makes so much sense. 

So, next time you find yourself feeling a little merry after a glass of bubbly, raise you glass and toast to the wonderful world of science. 

 

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Form an orderly queue, ladies.  

You can now snap up a bottle of delicious pink gin alongside a complimentary bottle of prosecco for… wait for it… a mere €30.00. 

While getting lit on the cheap is definitely preferable, this deal means you don't have to sacrifice quality for alcohol quantity. 

Highlighted by Facebook page Rip-Offs & Good Deals, gin fans have been in raptures over the news of the offer, so make sure you get in there quick. 

The deal is happing in Dunnes Stores nationwide, and you can nab a Gordon's pink gin and a bottle of Montelliana prosecco.

With a 700ml bottle of Gordon's pink gin retailing for around €25.00 anyway, you can't really go wrong.

 

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 We'll be stocking up for upcoming girl's nights out, hen parties and birthday gifts. 

See you in the queue. 

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So, we love good news, but every so often, it's important that we also share the bad news – we're sorry.

On this rainy hump day, we have learned that the grape harvest has not been remotely prosperous – resulting in a wine shortage. 

According to The Guardian, wine production last year slumped to its lowest level in over 50 years.

The production issues happened because vines in the world's top three wine-producing regions being badly affected by 'freakishly hot and cold weather'.

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The areas hit most include those producing Rioja and Prosecco – SAY IT AIN'T SO! 

You know what happens if wine supplies drop? Prices go up.

"Prices for things like pinot grigio or generic Spanish reds will rise by between 10% and 30% and it's a question of how much of that retailers will pass on," claimed Dan Jago, chief executive of high end wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd.

"Prosecco was very hard hit by frost, so there will be less of it and the price will go up."

I'm nervous. 

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The Bordeaux region was also hit with adverse weather conditions:

"In Bordeaux the top 150 chateaux have not really been affected but the grand surface – the total acreage of Bordeaux – has been ravaged. The Bordeaux harvest, like the overall harvest across Italy and Spain, has been decimated but it tends to be the more flat lying, higher volume production land that has been hit."

Basically the world is facing its worst harvest since 1961, with production dropping 8 percent – to 247m hectolitres in 2017.

The Guardian says that a hectolitre is the equivalent of 133 standard wine bottles, so if you do the maths (which we didn't FYI), that means a grand total of 2.9 billion fewer bottles.

Holy HECK. 

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Do you know someone who doesn't like Prosecco? No, us neither. For some people though, the bubbly wine isn't only for birthdays and graduations. 

For this person who turns any weekday drink into an occasion to celebrate, we have found some fizzy presents that will bring a huge smile on their face. 

 

1. A sweet lip balm

Prosecco And Strawberry Lip Balm Gift by HEARTH & HERITAGE LTD, £6.95/€7.90, notonthehighstreet.com

 

2. A cute Christmas jumper

Prosecco Christmas Jumper, €20.00, etsy.com

 

3. A candy jar

SUGAR SIN, Fizzy Prosecco Sweets Gift Jar, €7.00, brownthomas.com

 

4. A makeup bag

NAILS INC, Prosecco Cosmetic Bag, €13.00, brownthomas.com

 

5. A Prosecco glass to fit your needs

Giant Prosecco glass, €17, thepresentfinder.co.uk

 

6. A magnum of Prosecco

Rizzardi Prosecco Magnum, €34.95, obrienswine.ie

 

7. A fun drinking game

Prosecco Pong, €14.07/€15.80, etsy.com

 

8. A bath oil

Prosecco And Strawberry Scented Bath Oil by HEARTH & HERITAGE LTD, £13.99/€15.80, notonthehighstreet.com

 

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The Christmas lights are up, the shops are packed with sparkly dresses and the party season well and truly upon us.

And seeing as this year's festivities are already in full swing, it's high time we start stocking our kitchens with all the essential holiday treats.

With that in mind, Lidl has just announced the launch of an Organic Prosecco which is due to hit shelves just in time for New Year's Eve.

The limited edition Prosecco, made with organically grown grapes, will be available in Lidl's 154 stores nationwide for €14.99 from December 27.

Richard Bampfield, Master of Wine said of the Prosecco, "Relatively little Prosecco is made from organically grown grapes, so this is somewhat special and is a particularly expressive example. With bright aromas of pear and white peach, it is not too dry, well balanced and ideal for drinking with friends over the festive period."

So, what does organic means when it comes to wine?

Lidl helps dispel the top three most common myths.

MYTH 1: Organic is More Expensive

Organic may mean less intensive farming practices, but it does require longer periods of work and produce lower yields. However, this this not mean the price of the product has to suffer. Priced at €14.99, Lidl's limited edition Organic Prosecco shows that organic doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.

MYTH 2: Organic Only Applies to Food

The term 'organic' isn't limited to just food. Lidl's Organic Prosecco Spumante DOC is produced using organically grown grapes, however the cellars are also cleaned purely with recycled water, and the vineyards are managed without the use of chemical fertiliser, herbicide, pesticides and insecticides.

MYTH 3: Drinking Organic Prosecco Means Compromising on Taste

Due to the less intensive farming practice, the grapes are able to fully express their flavour. Lidl's Organic Prosecco Spumante DOC, made using native Glera grapes from the Veneto region, is well balanced, not too dry with bright aromas of pear and white peach.

Lidl's Organic Prosecco Spumante DOC is available in 154 stores nationwide from December 27 while stocks last.

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If cheese and prosecco are your idea of a winning combination, then oh boy, have we got news for you.

In what is arguably the most millennial-inspired product of all time, the genius staff at The Great British Cheese Company have just created a prosecco and raspberry flavoured cheese.

Oh, and did we mention it's bright pink?

Not going to lie – we are absolutely dying to try this.

A spokesperson for the company told Pretty52, they hope the new flavour combo will go down a treat this Christmas.

“You've probably heard of the popular at Christmas classic, Wensleydale with Cranberries,” they said.

“The idea to pair prosecco and Raspberry with Wensleydale produces the same savoury, sweet and acidic flavour combinations.”

“Crumbly but milky Wensleydale, sweetness from Raspberries and the acidity from prosecco produces a creamy but sweet raspberry flavoured cheese, with the prosecco acidity cutting through your palette as you taste the cheese.”

But wait, there's more.

Prosecco and raspberry isn't the only wacky flavour available at The British Cheese Company – in fact, there's a whole range of strange combinations.

From Chilli and Lime to Sticky Toffee, there really is something for everyone.

You can checkout the full range here.

Unfortunately, the company do not currently deliver to Ireland – but not to worry, we're already planning on bringing an empty suitcase on our next city break so we can stockpile this magnificant creation.

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Stop what you're doing and clear your calendars, because there's a very special event on its way to Dublin.

Having already organised several successful events across the UK, Prosecco & Balls have decided it's time to bring its unique party experience to Irish shores.

Adults of Ireland are invited to release their inner child by diving into half a million colourful balls before swimming up to one of the pop-up bars and indulging in the ultimate prosecco cocktail.

According to the official event page, punters can expect a magical night packed with laughter, joy, and of course, plenty of prosecco.

The event will take place from April 6 – 7, 2018, and though details of the location have not yet been released, you can check the event page for any updates.

See you in the ball pool!

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So, as we get older, out taste in alcohol tends to become a little more sophisticated.

And what's the most sophisticated drink of all? – a tall bubbly glass of prosecco of course.

Well, prepare to combine your new found fanciness with memories of your youth, because Prosecco Pong is now a thing.

That's right – just like beer pong, only classier.

Made by the good folks over at Talking Tables, the Prosecco Pong set comes with 12 prosecco glasses and three neon pink ping pong balls – all the makings for the perfect prosecco party.

Well, minus the prosecco of course.

Spilt into teams or play one on one, either way Prosecco Pong is the perfect addition to any party.

Currently retailing at €16.99 per pack, this posh party game is available to buy here.

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We all love a refreshing glass of Prosecco on a Friday evening, and a new Irish concept is bringing a literal van load of the stuff direct to our door.

The Prosecco Van Ireland is a brand new venture which kicked off in June. 

The van promises to courier shed-loads of delicious Prosecco right to your party, whatever the occasion. 

The company describes themselves as 'a mobile vintage van delivering chilled high quality bubbly on tap throughout Ireland.'

They can be ordered for birthdays, hen dos, weddings, you name it. 

There have been plenty of times we've wished for an extra vat of Prosecco to liven up an event, so we have great visions of this van showing up, Mystery Machine style, to save a failing party.

Now, if we could just pre-book it for our next ten birthdays in advance, that would be fab. 

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Listen, anything with the word 'prosecco' in it and we're there, but this event taking place at the end of the month sounds pretty delightful.

Hayley and Annie from Project Revive will be escaping to The Dean Hotel on July 29 for the ultimate summer fitness event.

The announcement, which was shared on Facebook, read: "This Pilates event caters for all levels, ages and abilities, from complete beginners to those who have done Pilates before.

"We are so looking forward to seeing you for some Pilates, prosecco, food bites, chats, and fun."

Yep, so after you break a sweat, you can sit down and refuel your body with some tasty treats.

The event is on in The Blue Room of The Dean Hotel between 12pm – 3pm.

Tickets are €40 and you can buy them here.

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There have been many nights where we totally regret not stopping off at the off licence on the way home.

Because, a glass of vino would go really well with that Indian take away, right?

But, once we've perched our bums firmly on our couches, there's little chance of us being able to get up to answer the door to the delivery man, let alone take a step outside.

Therefore, we are booze-less.

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Well, for some lucky Dubliners, that doesn't have to happen anymore.

Just Eat announced this weekend that it has teamed up with O'Briens Wines in Donnybrook to deliver you all the wine, champagne and prosecco your heart desires.

Customers in more than 20 city suburbs will be able to order their beverages from 1pm – 9.30pm daily.

O'Briens Wines will now be delivering to these areas:

  • Dublin 2
  • Grand Canal Dock
  • Harold’s Cross
  • Irishtown
  • Milltown
  • Portobello
  • Ranelagh
  • Rathgar
  • Rathmines
  • Ringsend
  • Sandymount
  • Warrenmount
  • Windy Arbour
  • Ballsbridge
  • Belfield
  • Booterstown
  • Churchtown
  • Clonskeagh
  • Dartry
  • Donnybrook

Enjoy ladies!

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Cupcakes have always been one of our fave treats, but there's nothing worse than buying or baking really stodgy, dense ones.

Three bites in and you're full (and not feeling so great, either).

However, Delish has created a hack to make your cupcakes light and fluffy… and it involves our favourite alcohol.

It notes that adding soda to your mixture has been a longtime hack, so why not try prosecco?

Well, its bakers did and it worked a treat. They said, "the end result is even lighter and fluffier than any cake we've ever had before." Score.

If you fancy adding a splash of prosecco into your cakes, take a look at the how-to video above.

And have a little tipple while baking, we won't tell.

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