Tomás Clancy

Tomás Clancy

Articles by Tomas Clancy

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.

Punters priced out of en primeur

Punters priced out of en primeur

Purchasing wine en primeur - buying early, in a cash andcarry style, from specialists who deal directly with wineries and chateaux used to be a way to get a bargain and/or make an investment.

Hollywood gets high on wine

Hollywood gets high on wine

The Judgment of Paris - a famous wine tasting event in 1976 which pitted France against the US and ignited the New World wine phenomenon - is set to become yet more famous, this time as the subject of two forthcoming films.

The doctor ordered Penfolds

The doctor ordered Penfolds

Peter Gago swings on his heels,wielding a large wine glass like a guitar.

South Africa: old and new

South Africa: old and new

South Africa is a country caught in a dozen different scenes.

En primeur: to buy or not to buy

En primeur: to buy or not to buy

The annual en primeur campaigns begin in the first week of May, providing the opportunity to buy 2006 wine still in barrels at wholesale prices.

Fine wine falls victim to forgers

Fine wine falls victim to forgers

Nazis, forgeries, high-tech heists, squabbling billionaires, $300 mil l ion insurance scams and crimes of passion.

Exclusive taste of success

Exclusive taste of success

Gavin Watchorn and Stuart Brechin, two friends who started out behind the counters of Oddbins and the O’Brien’s Wines chain across Dublin, have developed their love of wine and their jobs into the beginnings of an Irish taste empire.