Tomás Clancy

Tomás Clancy

Articles by Tomas Clancy

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.

Christmas books: Wine

Christmas books: Wine

The World Atlas Of Wine: Sixth Edition By Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson Mitchell Beazley, €51.80

Changing climate of wine

Changing climate of wine

When John F Kennedy said that it was his goal to put men on the moon before the end of the 1960s, people were amazed at his vision. Politicians generally didn’t take an interest in events that might occur beyond their term of office.

More to Portugal than port

More to Portugal than port

The Romans thought the Iberian coast from Coruna in Spain’s Galicia region to Faro in Portugal was the edge of the world.

Wine’s aristocratic status

Wine’s aristocratic status

During the Dark Ages, Ireland represented a small candle of civilisation in Europe, a place where learning, liturgy and literature had survived the Barbarian victory over the Roman Empire.

Fall madly in love with wine

Fall madly in love with wine

Sit in a traffic jam in any one of our cities and you will find yourself flanked variously by a couple of 07 Range Rovers, a smattering of S or CLS class Mercedes and rakes of last year’s 5-series BMWs or Audis, to say nothing of their contents of €1

French wine’s scenic heartland

French wine’s scenic heartland

Over the next five weeks, the Rugby World Cup will be played out in ten stadiums across France (and in two overseas stadiums, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and Murrayfield in Edinburgh).

Germany retakes middle ground

Germany retakes middle ground

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in late 1989, West Germany ploughed its wealth into reunification to the detriment of its economy.