Tomás Clancy

Tomás Clancy

Articles by Tomas Clancy

Parker’s potent wine list

Parker’s potent wine list

May marks the beginning of the annual fine wine investment sale season, better known as the En Primeur campaign. It is a time where the world’s top wines and big money meet.

Competition time in Brussels

Competition time in Brussels

Over 230 wine writers and critics assembled in Bordeaux last month for the world-renowned international wine and spirit tasting competition, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.

Enchanted by Chianti’s possibilities

Enchanted by Chianti’s possibilities

Chianti features on almost every restaurant wine list and wine shop shelf in the world, and yet it is one of the world’s least understood wines.

Supermarkets battle for custom

Supermarkets battle for custom

Two of Ireland’s biggest supermarket chains are extending the battle for cheaper prices battleground to include wine sales.

Bordeaux’s identity crisis

Bordeaux’s identity crisis

The Bordeaux region of France produces more wine annually than the whole of the Australian continent. It has more than 60,000 identified wineries and chateaux, and, above all, it has an aura of finesse and historical allure that both wine lovers and

Sláinte, Saint Patrick

Sláinte, Saint Patrick

History emphasises Saint Patrick’s interest in snakes and saving the souls of the pagan Irish. But there was another side to our national saint, if history is to be believed.

Making the wine of angels

Making the wine of angels

It looks like the orange soil of Mars familiar from Nasa photographs. However, this is the endless, blisteringly hot stone fields of the steep foothills of Mount Ventoux in the southern Rhone.

Putting a cork in carbon emissions

Putting a cork in carbon emissions

The 2008 Climate Change and Wine Conference, held in Barcelona, provided a forum for winemakers, politicians and scientists to discuss what climate change means for growing, drinking and investing in wine.

Australia’s thirst for change

Australia’s thirst for change

The people at the Australian tourist board were perplexed: everywhere their AU$200 million ‘Where the bloody hell are you?’ advertising campaign ran, tourist numbers tumbled. The campaign produced a 6 per cent decrease in Japanese tourists and kept a

Burgundy prefers to keep it in the family

Burgundy prefers to keep it in the family

Many wine tourists travel to Burgundy because of its beautiful terroir. What keeps them transfixed isn’t the region’s landscape, but its history. The vines of the Cote d’Or, Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits are intertwined with generations of fascina

Keep it in the family

Keep it in the family

As the winter sun throws shadows across the polished stone pavements of Nuits-Saint-Georges, its vineyards are shrouded in a veil of smoke. Thin white lines of sweet wood smoke drift skyward before settling on stubs of twisted branches in the still a

Sauternes’ sweet alternatives

Sauternes’ sweet alternatives

One of the phrases I hate most is: ‘the poor man’s . . .’ - as in ‘the poor man’s Ferrari’, ‘the poor man’s Porsche’, ‘the poor man’s Petrus’.

Sipping the sweetest thing

Sipping the sweetest thing

Traditionally a holiday season purchase, sweet wine is at last enjoying its time in the sun - not just as a dessert wine, but as a sought-after wine type in its own right.

Reading the signs in this year’s vines

Reading the signs in this year’s vines

It’s no longer de rigueur to slaughter a bull under a winter solstice moon to read the future from its entrails, but there are ways to predict what lies in store for the world of wine in the year ahead.

Joy to the world of festive wines

Joy to the world of festive wines

For many, Christmas Day is the culinary, social, vinous and family highlight of the year - a last desperate link to the world as we would like it to be.