Tomás Clancy

Tomás Clancy

Articles by Tomas Clancy

Woman’s touch boosts Chateau La Lagune

Woman’s touch boosts Chateau La Lagune

A slender 27-year-old, Caroline Frey, daughter of Swiss billionaire financier Jean-Jacques Frey, is the new mistress of Chateau La Lagune.

The drink that Jack built

The drink that Jack built

Jack Daniel’s is an icon of Americana as surely as the classic Coke bottle or the station wagon.

Leading the carton revolution

Leading the carton revolution

Jean-Charles Boisset, head of dynamic wine company Les Domaines Boisset, is the poster boy for new France.

Chardonnay ripe for comeback

Chardonnay ripe for comeback

Once the top selling wine on the planet, Chardonnay has been shunned by wine drinkers in favour of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and viogneir.

How Shiraz created New World

How Shiraz created New World

Big, bold and ferocious, Shiraz is the grape that virtually invented the modern wine world.

Long live the Rhone Rangers

Long live the Rhone Rangers

The phrase ‘Rhone Rangers’ is hugely symbolic of the disaster that has affected so many sections of the European wine industry over the last decade.

The brewing king of India

The brewing king of India

As we all now sit in traffic for large periods of our lives, our cars have be come moveable temples.

New-found Burgundy bliss

New-found Burgundy bliss

In September 2000, a picket on oil refineries brought Europe to a standstill and stopped my tour of southern Burgundy’s vineyards in its tracks.

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.