Tomás Clancy

Tomás Clancy

Articles by Tomas Clancy

Choosing a restaurant wine

Choosing a restaurant wine

One of the most frequent questions people ask this column regards the best or safest choices on restaurant wine lists.

Wine trade’s charm offensive

Wine trade’s charm offensive

Having captured our minds and our wallets over the last decade, the Irish wine trade is now after our hearts.

Judgment once again

Judgment once again

The violent unrest of French vignerons, the economic miracle of Australian and Chilean wines and the world-conquering confidence of California can all trace their roots to May 24, 1976, and a wine-tasting contest subsequently known as The Judgment of

Big game wine hunting

Big game wine hunting

The world’s most expensive bottle of white wine, a regular-sized bottle of Chateau d’Yquem 1787, sold last week for just under €100,000.

Connoisseur’s crystal

Connoisseur’s crystal

After what seems like two decades of standing like a deer in Austrian crystal headlights, Waterford Crystal has finally woken up to the fact that heavy, over-patterned lead crystal glasses are dead in the water as far as wine consumers and restaurate

Cellar Notes: Wine Buff continues boutiques expansion

Cellar Notes: Wine Buff continues boutiques expansion

The Wine Buff group of wine boutiques opened its tenth shop recently and now circles the country from Sligo to Waterford to Kildare.

Rioja fights back to glory

Rioja fights back to glory

European winemakers, from French chateaux to Italian fattoria to Spanish bodegas, labour under a continent-wide system of wine laws.

Hidden tales of Wine Geese

Hidden tales of Wine Geese

The stories of the so-called Wine Geese are among the most popular tales for Irish wine-lovers.

Split between age and youth

Split between age and youth

Hidden not too deeply beneath the surface of the great wine debate of New World versus Old World, France versus Australia, is an almost unspoken question.

Stars of the Irish wine market

Stars of the Irish wine market

The Irish wine market is now one of the healthiest in Europe. 2005 saw record levels of wine sales and the opening of dozens of new wine shops to match the numerous single-country specialist wine importers that have started up this year.

Raise a festive glass

Raise a festive glass

Our lives have become so frantic that most of us plan meals by looking into the fridge and asking those assembled in the kitchen what they fancy.

Gifts to raise spirits

Gifts to raise spirits

An air of violence and desperation pervades the streets as gangs of well-meaning, otherwise relatively happy and sane individuals begin the annual forage for Christmas presents.

Bubbles wrapped up for Christmas

Bubbles wrapped up for Christmas

With the biggest sales period for the Irish drinks business about to begin in earnest this week, wine shops, supermarkets and off-licences are packed with dolled-up single bottles not worth their cellophane wrapping, special Christmas box-sets and el

PORT CALL

PORT CALL

With three Sundays left until Christmas, it is time to survey one of the most overworked Christmas wines - port.

Irish hands create wine heritage

Irish hands create wine heritage

The popular vision of Australia's wine heritage involves English doctors such as Penfold and Lindeman, but the Irish have played their part too.