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The Wine Buff’s best Italian hotels Part III: The Italian Lakes

Posted on: 2nd July, 2018 in The Wine Buff

My first ever visit to Italy included a short stay in beautiful Orta San Giulio, the only town of note on Lago di Orta one of the lesser known northern Italy lakes. I guess that is when I fell in...

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The Wine Buff’s best Italian hotels Part II: Off the slightly beaten path

Posted on: 7th June, 2018 in The Wine Buff

Last month we covered a number of Italian destinations, which were on privileged young Europeans so called ‘Grand Tour’ list in the 18th and 19th centuries. This month we will look at some gems where you will still find great...

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The Wine Buff’s best Italian hotels

Posted on: 8th May, 2018 in The Wine Buff

The Wine Buff loves visiting Italy. The combination of climate, history, art, great food and possibly the greatest variety of fine wines found anywhere in the world, keeps luring me back time after time. During these visits to historical towns,...

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Historical breweries

Posted on: 3rd April, 2018 in The Wine Buff

These days it is all about craft beers with an amazing number of small breweries opening up all over Ireland including here in Clonakilty. It is great to see, although I also have a soft spot for the history of...

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It’s all Greek to me

Posted on: 9th March, 2018 in The Wine Buff

“Greece has many of the most original wine flavours in modern Europe.” Oz Clarke, ‘World of Wine’ Tired of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio, all of which are planted and grown all over the wine-growing world now? Want to...

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Valentine’s wines

Posted on: 6th February, 2018 in The Wine Buff

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. These days it is celebrated, as a day of cards, chocolates, wine and perhaps a special dinner. But what of its origins? Well, the one thing that can be said with certainty is that...

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A hazy shade of winter

Posted on: 15th January, 2018 in The Wine Buff

Simon and Garfunkel were experts at conjuring up winter scenarios in their lyrics. ‘I turned my collar to the cold and damp’ from Sound of Silence. ‘A winter’s day in a deep and dark December…the freshly fallen silent shroud of...

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A Victorian Christmas

Posted on: 11th December, 2017 in The Wine Buff

When I was a student at the University of Massachusetts in Boston my field of study was the history of the Victorian era. My thesis topic was the life of the Eighth Duke of Argyll. As anyone doing research in...

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