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A hazy shade of winter

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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

Charles Green, 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

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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

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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

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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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The wine of the people

Posted on: 3rd August, 2017 in The Wine Buff

Readers will be aware that I am fond of the wines of the Piedmont in northern Italy. I wrote about Dolcetto, ‘the little sweet one’ recently, and today our attention turns to wines from the Barbera grape, which along with...

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Wines to welcome in summer


Posted on: 29th June, 2017 in The Wine Buff

We had some good friends visiting from Cape Cod earlier this month. As a reunion celebration we dined in Dillon’s of Timoleague, always a pleasant experience. Choosing from the wine list was easy; they import their own German wine including...

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The Wines of Rioja


Posted on: 9th June, 2017 in The Wine Buff

Recently I watched two programmes which got me thinking about Spain and Spanish wine. Neven Maguire visited the famous Cune Bodega in Rioja in one of the episodes of his ‘Neven’s Food Trails’. I was fascinated to hear that penicillin...

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