Baby or Bath Water? – Castello Banfi Belnero 2006

A wine lecturer once went on a rant at me about Castello Banfi. His near soliloquy went along the following lines: Horrific overproduction, wines made to please the American masses, no expression of… 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

Baby or Bath Water? – Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo

The idea for “Baby or Bath Water?” came about when a shop assistant tried to sell me a bottle of wine by telling me that it was a baby Barolo. As I said… 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

The Corkscrew Winter Wine Fair – 20th November 2011

Every year, The Corkscrew on Chatham St. in Dublin organise two wine fairs to help raise money for different charities. The 2011 Winter Wine Fair is taking place on Sunday, 20th November, in… Continue reading

Italy and the Decanter World Wine Awards Global Tastings

Italian wine represents the majority of my wine consumption by some margin. When I started writing my blog, I was conscious that I should focus on wines from other countries too and not… Continue reading

Wine Shopping in Málaga Part Three – The Ugly

And so to the final part of my “the good, the bad and the ugly” series of wine shopping in Málaga and I can hear the Ennio Morricone music already! In my last… Continue reading

Wine Shopping in Málaga Part Two – The Bad

While wandering around the shops of Málaga, I saw a sign for the Museo del Vino-Málaga. The museum is just a short walk from the centre of the city and entrance only costs… Continue reading

Wine Shopping in Málaga Part One – The Good

I’ve recently returned from a holiday in Málaga. The weather was blisteringly hot and not hugely conducive to drinking big red wines but I did manage to squeeze in a few glasses of… Continue reading

Willunga 100 Grenache 2007

I’ve had a new car moment recently. I’m sure you know the sort I mean; you buy a new car thinking “there aren’t many of this model on the road” or “not many… Continue reading