The Wine Year Ahead

Hot on the heels of awards season comes predictions for the year ahead. My attempt last year was quite personal – I ended up buying lots of Nebbiolo, it was indeed the year… Continue reading

The Vine Inspiration Wine and Music Awards 2016

Last year, in an attempt to channel my inner Neal Martin, I gave the world The Vine Inspiration Wine and Music awards – sales of promotional stickers were surprisingly slow (that’s how these… Continue reading

Aponiente: Mind Reading and Mind-Blowing

Rarely has a meal had such a lasting impact on me. And it’s perhaps for this reason that I’ve so struggled to capture a spectacular, and upon reflection a quite bibendous, recent evening… Continue reading

International Sherry Week Events In Ireland

International Sherry Week returns from 7th to 13th November 2016. This year’s lineup in Ireland includes a mixture of tastings, online events and restaurant promotions. On 9th November I’ll be in Whelehan’s Wines, Loughlinstown… Continue reading

Sherry Shorts: Vermut Time!

In the great, civilized, European centres the appetizer, which is a rational and, as such, an intuitive social convention, is resuming the vinous form. In some countries, Sherry reigns supreme <>; in others.… Continue reading

Sherry Boutique – Sherry As It Should Be

In a weekend that sees sherry taking up much deserved column inches in both the Financial Times and The Observer, it’s the launch of http://www.sherryboutique.com that really ought to get wine drinkers in the UK salivating for some… Continue reading

Sherry and Ireland

Let’s face it, we’re mainly a nation of beer and spirit drinkers at heart, and the closest many people in Ireland will get to experiencing Sherry is through the seasoning of whiskey barrels.… Continue reading

Upcoming Wine Events

As the warm summer evenings recede, the autumn wine tasting calendar is beginning to heat up. Here are just a few of events to put in your diary. Ireland The Fumbally Stables, an… Continue reading

Sherry Shorts: Eating Vegetables

Although much has been written of late about the gastronomic potential of the wines of Jerez and Sanlúcar, vegetables, with the notable exception of amontillado’s classic pairing with artichokes, rarely feature in the discussion. It’s… Continue reading

Lustau 3 En Rama 2016

With the summer weather finally heating up in Ireland and the United Kingdom, en rama season, which has seemed ever so slightly underwhelming on this island at least, is well and truly underway. For… Continue reading