Tag Archive: Ireland

The Real Wine Fair 2014 – Cristiano Guttarolo, Gioia del Colle, Puglia

Last autumn I braved the journey that is ‘rail and sail’ from London to Dublin. It was horrendous. Cancelled ferries, a 6 hour layover in Hollyhead, Wales, most of which I spent in a pub… Continue reading

Learning About Barbaresco with Enogea and Alessandro Masnaghetti

Do you know your Montefico from your Montestefano? How about the location of the border between Rabajà and Asili? If like, me, you’ve generally steered clear of single vineyard Barbaresco in favour of Barbaresco sourced… Continue reading

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

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

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 – 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

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

Wines From Spain Tasting – A Sherry Adventure

I’m like a stuck record in bemoaning that despite its rising popularity across the globe, in mainstream terms at least, sherry remains stuck in the doldrums in Ireland. Things weren’t looking good when… Continue reading

González Byass Sherry – Amontillado Del Duque VORS

Last year I came across an old article from Spain Gourmet Tour magazine describing the age dating system for sherry that was introduced around the turn of the millennium by the Consejo Regulador.… Continue reading

The Kings Of Lucca – Olive Oil From Tenuta Di Valgiano and Bistro One

Don’t worry; I’m not going to prattle on about olive oil again until the new season’s oil is released later in the year but it would be remiss of me not to mention… Continue reading