The Wine Buff

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

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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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Turin and wine glasses


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

Turin, Torino in Italian, is a beautiful city, Baroque as opposed to Renaissance, reflecting the glory days of the House of Savoy which ruled a great chunk of France, Switzerland and northwest Italy for centuries. Did you know that Turin...

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A quick guide to Rosé wines


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

Of course rosé wines are best in the late Spring and Summer, but in the midst of these winter storms isn’t it nice to think of those seasons and the wine that goes so well with picnics and barbecues? Rosé...

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Wine varietals and blends


Posted on: 5th February, 2014 in The Wine Buff

The term ‘varietal wine’ comes originally from California, and means that the wine is made principally, (75 per cent and upwards) from one grape variety. Wines composed of two grape varieties in equal measure, or from a number of different...

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