Tomás Clancy

Tomás Clancy

Articles by Tomas Clancy

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.

The great white spirit

The great white spirit

In a welter of alleged corruption and industrial espionage, competing vodka companies from the former Soviet bloc are engaged in open commercial warfare.

Cross blending fraud probe

Cross blending fraud probe

Georges Duboeuf, the virtual inventor of Beaujolais Nouveau, has denied his company was involved in blending higher quality wines with cheaper wines.

Wine's happiest accident

Wine's happiest accident

Imagine you are God, with a dinner plate about 500 km in diameter, which you drop on Earth.

A dictator or just a crusader?

A dictator or just a crusader?

The rhetoric of Roman poet Decimus Magnus Ausonius often revolved around wine, virtue and taste.

Aussies still rule with boutique wines

Aussies still rule with boutique wines

The cornerstone of the Australian wine miracle over the last 25 years has been big volume, good quality branded wine at highly competitive prices.

Bourbon with a twist of Irish

Bourbon with a twist of Irish

The Kentucky Derby is the cornerstone of America's aristocracy at play.