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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

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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

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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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Posted on: 15th May, 2017 in The Wine Buff

Dolcetto is one of my very favourite red wines. It is known as ‘the little sweet one’ because the grapes are sweet enough to be eaten as table grapes, but don’t be put off, the wines they yield are dry...

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A fresh look at Chilean wines

Posted on: 10th April, 2017 in The Wine Buff

I was reading recently a fascinating article about a father and son from the tiny village of Ballynary in Sligo who both made names for themselves in Chile in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The father, Ambrose O’Higgins,...

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Great expectations

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Posted on: 7th March, 2017 in The Wine Buff

‘It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.’ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations This month I have four wines to...

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