St. Patrick’s Day 2014 – A day of great bottles

There really isn’t anything unusual about an Irishman celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, but I like to think that since we share names, I have more right to indulge on this day than most.… 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

Valli Unite – Ottavio Rube Vino Rosso

“Are these the actual hands that made the wine?” It was a rhetorical question. In the way that any comment on Instagram could even jokingly be considered as rhetorical. I used to mock… Continue reading

Beaujolais on the Mind – Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py

I was meant to be writing about Sangiovese and Chianti Classico this week, but I can’t get my mind off Beaujolais. Not just any Beaujolais mind you – it’s the stunning Jean Foillard… 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

Most Enjoyable Wines of 2013 – Proprietà Sperino Costa della Sesia ‘Uvaggio’ 2010

This is the last in my series of posts on the most enjoyable wines of 2013 and technically I’m cheating since I really only got to grips with this wine in 2014. Why?… Continue reading

Most Enjoyable Wines of 2013 – Equipo Navazos Sherry

2013 was my year of Equipo Navazos sherry. (You can read more about their story at this link.) I started as I meant to continue with a bottle of La Bota de Manzanilla… Continue reading

Most Enjoyable Wines of 2013 – A Tale of Two Valpolicellas: Quintarelli and Bussola

A couple of the more memorable ‘wining’ experiences of 2013 came during my visit to Verona. On successive nights in the city of fair Romeo and Juliet, I set out to sample some… Continue reading

Sparkling Wine for New Year’s Eve – SO Prosecco

Let’s face it – a lot of Prosecco is bland and uninteresting. Its image has suffered in recent years with the market flooded with drab swill, with little to whet the appetite of… Continue reading

Cono Sur Wine Tasting

A Chilean wine tasting? No your eyes do not deceive you, nor have I abandoned Italy in favour of the land that Phylloxera forgot to visit on its holidays. I tossed and turned… Continue reading