Brilliant Chianti Classico in Sheridans

Although bred as a Dublin city slicker, I was lucky enough to spend a few years working in Galway on Ireland’s west coast. These were the years before some clever advertising agent had branded… Continue reading

I’ll Zalto You A Thing Or Two

Lost in all the Riedel-Hosemaster kerfuffle is of course the most pertinent question of our wine time. Do people still consider Riedel to be the gold standard in wine glasses? (The Hosemaster fallout means I… Continue reading

IPA En Rama?

With ‘En Rama Season’ firmly in swing, it seems like a good time to update on the availability of some of the sherries I highlighted in my article for the May edition of The Taste… Continue reading

Arianna Occhipinti Grotte Alte Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2010

  This is my synthesis of Sicily That’s how Arianna Occhipinti describes Grotte Alte, her Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico. The wine spends 40 days on skins and 4 years in 25HL slavonian oak. While… Continue reading

COS In Colour

There have been two constants in my life over the past fortnight – COS Frappato and Jamie XX’s new album: In Colour. And both will make your summer immeasurably better! For some reason, COS… Continue reading

Dublin Wine Bars

It’s no secret that my favourite wine bars at the moment are The Remedy and Sager + Wilde. There’s a problem though; they are in London and…well…I’m in Dublin. Why do I like… Continue reading

Bodegas Tradición at Stanley’s

I’ve been at the sherry again! What’s new, I hear you cry!?!? Well this time was slightly different. While it’s true that I can often be found propping up the bar in Stanley’s… Continue reading

Monty Python: The Sherry-Drinking Vicar

More Monty Python sherry references on The Vine Inspiration? It’s the last one I promise, and I can’t even claim credit for unearthing this one. That must go to Hannah Whale (@UKSherryLovers), who I… Continue reading

The Sherry Is The Sign: Equipo Navazos

A sign from the Twitter gods revealed in my 8,000th and 9,000th tweets? A sign to gather Equipo Navazos sherries together in abundance? I’m all for that! Now, what will 10K bring? 8K: 9K:… Continue reading

Order The Giuseppe Rinaldi!

It’s one of the wine rules I live by. If there’s a Giuseppe Rinaldi wine on the list, just order it. Of course, if the list is stocked with old Barolo, following my… Continue reading