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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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Mindfulness and wine

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

Mindfulness, focusing on one’s awareness of the present moment, calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings thoughts and sensations –perhaps with a glass of fine wine on hand? I was reflecting recently on some of those perfect moments when everything comes...

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A tale of two wines

Posted on: 5th August, 2016 in Food & Wine

The opening line from one of Charles Dickens’ most famous novels ‘It was the best of times it was the worst of times’ seems as appropriate now as it was when it was penned. It seems the worst of times...

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La Passeggiata

Posted on: 4th July, 2016 in The Wine Buff

La passeggiata or the evening stroll is a daily ritual in cities, towns and villages all over Italy. While holidaying in Italy you might witness or even take part in the stroll before realising that it is one of Italy’s...

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Napoleon’s Wine

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

“Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin” (Napoleon Bonaparte) Napoleon liked to travel to Italy. I like to travel to Italy, but I don’t bring an army with me. Napoleon appreciated...

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