Tomás Clancy

Tomás Clancy

Articles by Tomas Clancy

3 to have...with spring lamb

3 to have...with spring lamb

Poggio alla Badiola, IGT Toscana 2003, €22, Oddbins and most good off-licences (89)

Portuguese wines are up with world's best

Portuguese wines are up with world's best

Two decades of astounding development have followed Portugal's accession to the EU in 1986.

3 to have...on St Patrick's Day

3 to have...on St Patrick's Day

{ "b" : "Chateau La Nauve, AC St Emilion 2000, €16 in Mitchell & Son, Kildare St, Dublin and good wine shops (88)."}

3 to have...on St Patrick's Day

3 to have...on St Patrick's Day

Chateau La Nauve, AC St Emilion 2000, €16 in Mitchell & Son, Kildare St, Dublin and good wine shops (88).

3 to have...at Cheltenham

3 to have...at Cheltenham

Solar de Iriarte, DO Rueda 2003, €12, Mitchell & Son, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 and good wine shops (88)

3 to have...at Cheltenham

3 to have...at Cheltenham

{ "b" : "Solar de Iriarte, DO Rueda 2003, €12, Mitchell & Son, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 and good wine shops (88)"}

Don't blame it on the cork

Don't blame it on the cork

One of the most controversial subjects in wine today is the issue of corked wines.

3 to have...with hard cheese

3 to have...with hard cheese

La Cerisaie, Chateau Dereszla, Tokaji Furmint, Late Harvest 2000, around €16 in Mitchell & Son, Kildare Street and all good wine shops.

3 to have...for a new arrival

3 to have...for a new arrival

Chateau Malijay, Cuvee 28 Aout, Cotes du Rhone 2003 at around €14 from Mitchell and Son, Dublin and select wine shops.

Cellar notes: Decanting

Cellar notes: Decanting

When a bottle of wine is opened, a vast array of complex chemical reactions takes place.

Three to have...on Valentine's day

Three to have...on Valentine's day

Ca del Pipa, Valpolicella Ripasso 1999, €13, (down from €17), O'Brien's.

Three to have...with pancakes

Three to have...with pancakes

Capable of bridging the savoury and sweet gap, pancakes can match wines with surprising ease. Cimarosa, Private Reserve Chardonnay, Chile 2003, €5, Lidl stores nationwide:

Turkey: Where it all began

Turkey: Where it all began

Turkey, the sixth-largest producer of grapes in the world, is now claiming its position as the ancient birthplace of cultivated vines and the art of winemaking itself.

Discovering the Argentinian superstars of the wine world

Discovering the Argentinian superstars of the wine world

Argentina is the fifth-largest producer of wine in the world. It has twice the area under vine than that of Australia, and four times that of Chile.

Sorting the exceptional wines from the chaff

Sorting the exceptional wines from the chaff

As we set off on our campaign to rid ourselves of bad wine - and pick some winners - I will provide some benchmark figures by marking a selection of wines tasted in the last year.