Coravin Launches In Ireland

Coravin, the ingenious wine access system, was launched in Ireland last week. Eh – don’t we already have a wine access system I hear you cry – isn’t that what a corkscrew is for?… Continue reading

Monteraponi Wine Dinner in Il Vicoletto

In what must surely rank as the most overdue blog post of all time, I’m finally getting around to writing about a last year’s Monteraponi wine dinner in Il Vicoletto, Temple Bar, Dublin. The… Continue reading

February is Fino Time on The Taste

January has been relatively quiet on The Vine Inspiration but fear not, the sherry is still flowing! I wrote about fino for the February edition of The Taste – Ireland’s Online Food Magazine.… Continue reading

State of the Nation: Sherry in Ireland

Yeah I know this is a frequent topic for me, and you might be sick of hearing about the rising global popularity of sherry. However, seeing the penetration sherry is getting in the market… Continue reading

The Forgotten Few – Wines of 2014

It’s the most wonderful navel-gazing time of the year. A time where wine bloggers and journalists the world over list their favourite wines of the past 12 months. Yawn. So instead this year, I… Continue reading

Charles Heidsieck Champagne

I’ve been holding onto this post for a while, as I often get asked in the run up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve what Champagne I’ll be drinking over the festive season. The choice… Continue reading

My Wine Weekend – Cristiano Guttarolo, Riecine, Bartolo Mascarello & ArPePe

People often quip that I’m a bit of a ‘supermarket wine basher’. I’m searching for exciting and delicious wines and, with few exceptions, I’ve yet to find these in a supermarket. Complexity is… Continue reading

Barolo Tastes, Beer Pockets and Some Fantastic 2010 Barolos

I have Barolo tastes but beer pockets. It’s a big problem, particularly for the 2010 vintage, whose long cool growing season has critics salivating over its classic wines. Indeed, Antonio Galloni of Vinous has described 2010 as… Continue reading

Rhône Wine Week Ireland: 3rd – 8th November

  With Rhône Wine Week only a few days away, it seemed fitting that when faced with the dilemma of the second bottle choice in Sager + Wilde on Sunday evening, we opted for… Continue reading

Equipo Navazos Nights – La Bota de Manzanilla Pasada Nos. 39 and 40

You probably know the story of Equipo Navazos already. In the mid-noughties, a group of sherry loving friends came across several butts of Amontillado that had been unsold for 20 years in the bodega… Continue reading