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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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Kenmare and Molise

Posted on: 10th September, 2015 in The Wine Buff

Kinsale, the starting point or finishing line for the Wild Atlantic Way — depending on which way you are attempting it, and Kenmare, just a few kilometres over the West Cork border into Kerry are two of my favourite Irish...

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A city with three love stories and very good wine

Posted on: 4th August, 2015 in The Wine Buff

The beautiful walled city of Lucca in Tuscany and its stunning piazza on the site of an ancient Roman amphitheatre, boasts great architecture, 99 churches, (strange then that it is known as ‘the city of 100 churches’) opera, (the home...

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Wine From Italy’s green and hilly heartland

Posted on: 6th July, 2015 in The Wine Buff

Umbria is known as Tuscany’s ‘gentler sister’. Like so many parts of Italy it has a fascinating history. It was originally populated by a peaceful farming tribe called the Umbrians who were later colonised by the Etruscans and later again...

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A visit to the wine region of Saint-Emilion

Posted on: 8th June, 2015 in The Wine Buff

Some years ago in April we decided to take a break from our usual Italian holidays and fly to Bordeaux. France’s fifth largest city is a jewel. Think Baroque instead of Renaissance. Always boasting of stunning classical buildings financed by...

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A Toast to West Cork

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

When we first moved from Dublin to West Cork just short of three years ago, it did not take us too long to realise all those people waving at us from their cars were doing so out of friendliness not...

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What’s in a label?

Posted on: 7th April, 2015 in The Wine Buff

You can’t judge a book by the cover. Actually I think you can, but that’s another story! You can definitely tell a good deal about a wine by its label. To start with, I find that an attractive label is...

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