The Wine Buff

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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Wedding wines

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

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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