The Wine Buff

Enjoying your glass of wine

Posted on: 9th March, 2015 in The Wine Buff

There are so many traditions, do’s and don’ts, relating to the enjoyment of your glass of wine, it was refreshing for me to read a leading wine writer saying something to the effect of “there are no rules and regulations...

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The extraordinary story of winemaking in the Lebanon

Posted on: 9th February, 2015 in The Wine Buff

The story of winemaking in the Lebanon has been told many times in articles, magazines and online wine blogs, but always deserves a re-telling because it is so inspiring. It is not a new story. The ancient Phoenicians who had...

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Quality German wines

Posted on: 20th January, 2015 in The Wine Buff

Quality wine, or Qualitatswein — except that on a German wine label, it doesn’t necessarily mean the wine is of good quality. Read on. Do we not drink more quality German wine because it is not available in the local...

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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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