The Wine Buff

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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Wedding wines

Posted on: 8th February, 2016 in Food & Wine

I put my hand up. I wouldn’t consider myself an expert on this topic. When our son had his wedding reception on a sunny August day in Dunmore House Hotel, a family friend happened to be an importer of fine...

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‘These are a few of my favourite things’…

Posted on: 18th January, 2016 in The Wine Buff

Well, favourite wines actually! Some people like to find a wine they enjoy and then just stick with it. Understandable, but I like to try different types, different grapes, different countries, although I have my favourites as well, wines that...

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Wines for the festive season

Posted on: 1st December, 2015 in The Wine Buff

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to matching wine with the Christmas dinner, only suggestions. As the wine writer Hugh Johnson puts it ‘food these days is becoming almost as complicated as wine’ with extraordinary choices...

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The king of wines

Posted on: 3rd November, 2015 in The Wine Buff

Which city was the first capital of a united Italy? Rome, Naples, maybe Florence? Actually it was Turin although Florence did serve as the capital for a short period before Rome finally assumed the honour. Turin has a colourful history....

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Autumn French wine sales

Posted on: 5th October, 2015 in The Wine Buff

When is a wine sale not a wine sale? It’s when supermarkets take an ordinary bottle of wine, hike up the price for a few weeks before slashing the price and marketing it as ‘half-price’. This bad practice is becoming...

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