The Wine Buff

How Christmas was nearly lost

Posted on: 1st December, 2014 in The Wine Buff

We take the celebration of Christmas for granted, the trees, gifts, music, and of course the food and wine. How different it would be if Cromwell or the Puritans in America had got their way. Oliver Cromwell must be a...

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History and tradition in a bottle

Posted on: 3rd November, 2014 in The Wine Buff

Some appreciation of the long history and tradition associated with wine and wine making might help to enhance the enjoyment of your evening glass of wine. There is archaeological evidence of wine making in Georgia in the Caucasus and in...

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The best little wine shop ever…

Posted on: 6th October, 2014 in The Wine Buff

Following on from last month’s article, I have decided to open my own little wine shop in one of West Cork’s colourful little towns. It will specialise in wines not at the moment readily available in the area. This will...

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Random thoughts on wine in West Cork

Posted on: 8th September, 2014 in The Wine Buff

The fertile fields of West Cork have not been given over to the cultivation of vineyards, the title of this month’s column refers to the supply of wine to residents of this beautiful corner of Ireland. Availability seems to be...

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Fall and rise of Beaujolais

Posted on: 6th August, 2014 in The Wine Buff

The reputation of wines from the Beaujolais region of France has had its ups and downs over the years. The over-hype of Beaujolais Nouveau combined with a local production scandal or two led to a decline in popularity from which...

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When a ‘fiasco’ is not a disaster

Posted on: 7th July, 2014 in The Wine Buff

Chianti is surely one of the most recognisable names in the world of wine. It is both a wine and a wine-growing region. With some people, it will still conjure up memories of Italian restaurants with red and white check...

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Marco Polo and the wines of the Veneto

Posted on: 4th June, 2014 in The Wine Buff

Was there ever a more exotic figure than Marco Polo? He was born c1254 in the Cannaregio district of Venice, near where the famous Rialto Bridge stands. At the youthful age of 18 he set sail for Mongolia where he...

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Your special holiday wine

Posted on: 6th May, 2014 in The Wine Buff

We have all been there. Summer holidays. Perhaps you are in Brittany, about to have some seafood. Or maybe sitting in a Greek taverna on the beautiful island of Santorini. You could be people watching at a café in the...

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