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The Vine Inspiration Gets A Makeover

Having returned from a two week trip to Italy where lots of good wine was consumed, The Vine Inspiration is getting a bit of a makeover. The reason for the makeover is really… Continue reading

The Winemaker’s Choice – La Scelta Del Vignaiolo

To date in my own search for terroir driven wine producers in Italy, I’ve focussed mainly on the opinions of critics, bloggers and wine guides. Sometimes, as with the Slow Wine Guide, you… Continue reading

Wedding Wines – Some Gems

Well it’s taken me a while to make good on my promise to highlight some of the better wines that I came across when on the hunt for wines for my wedding but… Continue reading

Wedding Wine Tips

I’ve been spending a number of evenings over the past few months scouting some potential wines for my wedding. Lots of wine merchants and websites give tips for buying wedding wine. Tips on… Continue reading

Real Wine, Real Heineken and Real Cocktails

Following a very enjoyable weekend of Leinstertainment in London, last Monday I popped along to two real / natural wine fairs – RAW and The Real Wine Fair. The fairs showcased wines which… Continue reading

Wine Dinner, New Ventures and Quintarelli

A very short blog post this week as I actually haven’t been drinking that much wine. I’m not detoxing, if anything I’m retoxing, but this week it has been mostly with the odd… 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

Graham’s Port and Lily O’Brien’s Chocolate Tasting

Last week I attended a port and chocolate tasting organised by Findlaters Wine and Spirit Group. The ports were presented by Henry Shotton, winemaker of the prestigious premium Graham’s Port, and were paired… Continue reading