The Wine Buff

Historical breweries

Posted on: 3rd April, 2018 in The Wine Buff

These days it is all about craft beers with an amazing number of small breweries opening up all over Ireland including here in Clonakilty. It is great to see, although I also have a soft spot for the history of...

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It’s all Greek to me

Posted on: 9th March, 2018 in The Wine Buff

“Greece has many of the most original wine flavours in modern Europe.” Oz Clarke, ‘World of Wine’ Tired of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio, all of which are planted and grown all over the wine-growing world now? Want to...

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Valentine’s wines

Posted on: 6th February, 2018 in The Wine Buff

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. These days it is celebrated, as a day of cards, chocolates, wine and perhaps a special dinner. But what of its origins? Well, the one thing that can be said with certainty is that...

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A hazy shade of winter

Posted on: 15th January, 2018 in The Wine Buff

Simon and Garfunkel were experts at conjuring up winter scenarios in their lyrics. ‘I turned my collar to the cold and damp’ from Sound of Silence. ‘A winter’s day in a deep and dark December…the freshly fallen silent shroud of...

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A Victorian Christmas

Posted on: 11th December, 2017 in The Wine Buff

When I was a student at the University of Massachusetts in Boston my field of study was the history of the Victorian era. My thesis topic was the life of the Eighth Duke of Argyll. As anyone doing research in...

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The Veneto revisited

Posted on: 13th November, 2017 in The Wine Buff

The town of Garda is located on the southeastern corner of Italy’s largest lake. Just to the north is Punta San Viglio, reputed to be the most scenic spot on the whole lake, and the lovely and the unusually tourist-free...

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Autumn means French wine sales

Posted on: 5th October, 2017 in Food & Wine

Historically the wine sales in France this time of year were a means of clearing out the old vintage before the release of the new. Superquinn is credited with bringing the annual sale to Ireland. When I lived in Blackrock,...

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Papa Hemingway and wine

Posted on: 31st August, 2017 in The Wine Buff

If you happen to find yourself in lovely Stresa, an attractive resort on the shore of Lake Maggiore, a walk along the lake promenade will take you past a number of impressive hotels, none more so than the Grand Hotel...

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