Tomás Clancy

Tomás Clancy

Articles by Tomas Clancy

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.

Appellation rules stunt growth

Appellation rules stunt growth

France can be a stifling place to live. Rigid rules controlling what, how and where grapes are planted and wines are made have created, in France, some of Europe's clumsiest patterns of viticulture.

Gallo's vast wine empire keeps it in the family

Gallo's vast wine empire keeps it in the family

The top five international wine companies are ranked each year during the summer months.

Burgundy emerges from ashes

Burgundy emerges from ashes

The winemaking region of Burgundy has been portrayed as a lumbering glacier doomed to follow its old and failing path.

Australia bows to new rankings

Australia bows to new rankings

After years of sneering at the Old World's petty rules and arcane classifications, Australia, the New World's heavyweight player, has seen the light.

A syrah by any other name

A syrah by any other name

The Rhone Valley is the spiritual birthplace of syrah, the playground of grenache and the creche of viognier and a dozen other varieties.

Rebel wines lead the way in Italy

Rebel wines lead the way in Italy

Italy's wines and vineyards have been fought over since long before the unification of Italy was imperfectly and inconclusively achieved by Garibaldi.