Exquisite and Elegant Old Sherry From Bodegas Tradición

Would you like to taste some 80 year old amontillado was the gist of David Harvey’s email the night before The Great Sherry Tasting in London last year. Would I what, I thought?!?!? David… Continue reading

Palo Cortado – Cayetano del Pino y Cia

At the Great Sherry Tasting in 2013, the production of palo cortado was a point of some discussion at a seminar hosted by Beltrán Domecq, President of the Consejo Regulador. Beltrán made a distinction… Continue reading

Equipo Navazos in Etto

Last November, I attended the best wine dinner of my life. Bar none. Jesús Barquín was in Dublin to conduct a series of tastings of his Equipo Navazos sherries, and Ally Alpine from… Continue reading

Sherry Wine Week: 2nd – 8th November 2015

The Regulatory Council of Sherry Wines Jerez-Xérès-Sherry and  Manzanilla – Sanlúcar de Barrameda has announced that Sherry Wine Week 2015 will take place from 2 to 8 of November, coinciding with European Wine… Continue reading

Valdespino and The Macharnudo Maze

A curious, and quite frankly preposterous, question keeps popping up in my mind of late – if I was confined to drinking wines from only one winery for the rest of my life,… Continue reading

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