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

Magnificent Manzanilla

With World Sherry Day (well World Sherry week really) finally upon us, sherry lovers in Ireland are gearing up for a variety of events that are taking place countrywide. Those near Dublin can… Continue reading

Drinking Wine In Milan

Milan gets a bad rap from tourists – overpriced and pretentious are phrases that are often bandied about – but I must admit to really enjoying every single one of my visits there.… 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

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

Peter Siemens – The Best Dentist In The World

Although perhaps not the wisest alternative to a dental checkup, a glass of Pedro Ximénez (PX) swirled around your mouth is sure to highlight every little cavity and sensitive root in a way… Continue reading

Tasted With Liberty Wines – Valdespino Fino Inocente

There is little doubt that with sherries produced by Hijos de Rainera Pérez Marín and Valdespino to name but two houses, and even ignoring group director Eduardo Ojeda’s involvement in Equipo Navazos, the… Continue reading

Tasted With Le Caveau – Veneto Wine From Monte dall’Ora

In the kingdom of the biodynamically blind, the man who has read Monty Waldin’s book is king. Well that’s certainly how it felt while I was being quizzed about the topic by a… Continue reading

Manzanilla “La Guita”

Although I’m mid write-up of another fantastic group of Italian reds, I’ve still found time of late to continue my sherry exploration. There are two aspects to the argument that dry sherry is… Continue reading

Tasted with Le Caveau – Champagne Philipponnat

In my own opinionated little head, which admittedly frequently bears little resemblance to reality, I like to think of Champagnes as being grouped according to the brand image they wish to convey to… Continue reading