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Thoughts From The Real Wine Fair 2014

As the dust settles on The Real Wine Fair and Real Wine Month 2014, I’m finally getting around to writing up my notes from a fantastic two days in Tobacco Dock. Over the… Continue reading

The Real Wine Month – April 2014

A lot has changed in my wine outlook since I wrote “The Natural Wine Empire Strikes Back” in 2013. Even more has changed since my first visits to The Real Wine Fair and… Continue reading

Restaurants in Dublin Offering BYO (Bring Your Own)

There is no getting around it – my cooking skills leave a lot to be desired. I love cooking and am always willing to put in the effort, but I tend to be… Continue reading

Exploring Biodynamic Wine – ‘Monty Waldin’s Best Biodynamic Wines’ Book

I’ve said before that “in the kingdom of the biodynamically blind, the man who has read Monty Waldin’s book is biodynamic king”. The book I was referring to at the time was  “Biodynamic… Continue reading

Importing Wine Into Ireland For Personal Use

This week has been punishing for the wine trade and wine drinkers in Ireland where an increase in excise announced in Budget 2014 means that duty is now levied at €3.19 per bottle… Continue reading

A Visit To The Old Convent and A New Wine Film – ‘Somm’

It’s been a few weeks since my last post and while I’d love to give you the ol’ ‘I’ve been really busy’ line, it’s only partially true as I also found time to… Continue reading

Horses, Women and Art – Montevertine’s Le Pergole Torte

No, no, no – get those images of Lady Godiva out of your head! This post about Montevertine’s Le Pergole Torte is far less salacious. One of the key takeaways of my visit… Continue reading

A Visit To Montevertine

There are few places in the wine world that can be as uninspiring as a barrel cellar; let’s face it, the barrel cellar is the purgatory of the winery – too far removed… Continue reading

World Sherry Day In Dublin, Ireland

“Did you have fun hanging out with the OAPs?” was the general gist of the jibes from my friends when I told them that I was at a world sherry day tasting in… Continue reading

Picture Perfect Italy

Having just returned from a three week trip in Italy with stops in Milan, Camogli and Verona, not to mention many days in Tuscany with visits to Tenuta di Valgiano, Querciabella, Fontodi, Montevertine… Continue reading