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My 2016 Wine Predictions

Almost as ubiquitous as the annual wine awards schtick peddled by wine writers are the predictions for the year ahead. Such pontifications rarely have any bearing on the actual course of events, but I do often… Continue reading

WWW: Wonderful Wine Writing

I’ve been doing a lot more reading than writing recently, so what better way of getting back into the swing of things than sharing some of the most enjoyable pieces I’ve come across. ‘Amontillado: A Draught… 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

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

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

Dublin Wine Fest: 20th-25th April 2015

Dublin Wine Fest kicks off on Monday and runs until Saturday 25th April. I went along to the launch party in Ely Bar & Brasserie last week and tried some of the wines that will be poured throughout the… 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

Whiskey Live Dublin 2014

  Whiskey lovers (and Whisky lovers) will be making their way to the Round Room of The Mansion House in Dublin on Saturday, 25th October 2014 for Whiskey Live, the world’s premier whiskey… Continue reading

Lily Aldridge Loves Wine!

It seems that supermodel and Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge is a bit of a wine buff. You may already be aware of this of course if you, like me, follow her on… Continue reading

Sipsmith Botanical Feast – James Bond and Casino Royale (sort of!)

A dry martini,” [Bond] said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.” “Oui, monsieur.” “Just a moment. Three measures of Sipsmith London Dry Gin, one of Sipsmith Barley Vodka, half a measure of Kina… Continue reading