Category Archive: Italy

Liberty Wines 2012 Portfolio Tasting – Part 1

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Liberty Wines 2012 portfolio tasting held in Fallon & Byrne in Dublin. Liberty Wines are the importers for a number of outstanding Italian wines, so… Continue reading

Searsons 2012 Portfolio Tasting

I recently attended the Searsons portfolio tasting in the Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin. There were lots of really great wines on show but as I explained in a previous tasting post, I’m not… Continue reading

Wine Storage and Frescobaldi Montesodi Chianti Rufina

With all the recent kerfuffle over the Spectrum/Vanquish auction in London, it seems appropriate that of late my mind has turned to the issue of provenance. In case you missed it, the Spectrum/Vanquish… Continue reading

Rising Stars of Europe Wine Tasting

I recently attended a tasting in The Cliff Town House in Dublin organised by On The Grapevine and Cabot and Co. The tasting was showcasing the wines of seven different producers and was… Continue reading

Top Notch Ripasso by Tommaso Bussola

Last week I posted about the death of Guiseppe Quintarelli. Sadly, the wines of Quintarelli are unaffordable to most but there are many alternatives which people can turn to in their search for… Continue reading

Zenato Wine Dinner

On Tuesday 29th November, I attended a Zenato wine dinner at Valparaiso restaurant in Monkstown, Dublin. Alberto Zenato was on hand for the evening to present some of the wines from his estate.… Continue reading

A Few of my Favourite Wine Books

I’ve been given presents of some great wine books over the past few years. So when I saw that the Irish Times had put together a list of foodie books in their magazine… Continue reading

Tuscan Wine Evening in Ballymaloe House

Last week, I attended a “Wines of Tuscany” Winemaker’s Dinner and New Season Tuscan Olive Oil tasting at Ballymaloe House. The winemakers present on the evening were Beatrice Contini Bonacossi of Capezzana and… Continue reading

Baby or Bath Water? – Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo

The idea for “Baby or Bath Water?” came about when a shop assistant tried to sell me a bottle of wine by telling me that it was a baby Barolo. As I said… Continue reading

Italy and the Decanter World Wine Awards Global Tastings

Italian wine represents the majority of my wine consumption by some margin. When I started writing my blog, I was conscious that I should focus on wines from other countries too and not… Continue reading