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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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Wine Buff’s Italy

Posted on: 9th May, 2016 in The Wine Buff

Regular readers of this column will know that I have had a love affair with Italy, its history, art and wine. A bit of knowledge about the first two enhances an appreciation of the third. I first discovered Italy 20...

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The wild white wine

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

Otherwise know as Sauvignon Blanc. Oz Clarke says the grape, more than any other, is ‘leader of the love it or loathe it pack’. I have to confess that until recently I was pretty much a member of the latter...

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Wines of Verona and the Dolomites

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

In early January, we flew to Verona and explored this fascinating city before travelling up into the Dolomite mountains. Verona is one of Italy’s most evocative cities with its famous Roman Arena, Arches and bridges spanning the River Adige not...

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