The Wine Buff


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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Eat, drink and be married

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Posted on: 6th February, 2017 in The Wine Buff

When it comes to choosing wine for your wedding reception there is really only one major decision to make. Should you go along with the hotel’s recommendations and choose from their list or should you go independent and make your...

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A nod to the east

Posted on: 17th January, 2017 in The Wine Buff

‘OH, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet’ – The Ballad of East and West, Rudyard Kipling West Cork is justifiably feted as the start (or finish) of the Wild Atlantic Way, but our...

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A special wine for a special occasion


Posted on: 5th December, 2016 in The Wine Buff

When my brother-in-law was visiting in November a few years ago we were shopping in Bunratty when the lady serving us said to him ‘Happy Christmas’ to which he replied ‘have I missed Thanksgiving?’ Thanksgiving arrives just one month before...

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The lovely city of Verona

Posted on: 8th November, 2016 in The Wine Buff

In September we flew with Topflight from Cork to the city of Romeo and Juliet and transferred to Sirmione on Lake Garda. The charter airline, which carried us there and back, Volotea, a Spanish low cost carrier, have just announced...

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Vive la France

Posted on: 10th October, 2016 in The Wine Buff

If like me, you love a good Bordeaux to warm up a winter’s night, right now might be a good time to lay in a few bargain priced bottles. The Autumn wine sale, initiated by Superquinn all those years ago,...

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