At this time of year there is a flurry of activity throughout the vineyards of France, with harvesting starting, just finishing or about to begin, dependent on the wine growing region you are based in. The 2018 vintage followed the pattern of the world cup football matches, it was a game of two halves. The winter was wet with a damp spring and the second half that followed was dry and warm, in fact July has been the hottest in France since 1947. Jean Claude Paret from Chateau La Fauconnerie on the outskirts of St Emilion reported back “We escaped the hailstorms that decimated vineyards in Medoc, Cotes de Bourg and Blaye. Mildew was an issue earlier in the year, but the dry July reversed this, we experienced a few small black rot patch..
Paddy O’Flynn originally from north Cork moved to St Emilion in 1988, the year his father in-law Rene Baylet, the wine maker at the renowned Chateau Cantin in St Emilion was awarded best wine maker in France for quality/price. Later that year his brother in-law Richard Baylet started his mobile wine bottling business and is now the largest supplier of this service in the southwest of France. So, you could say Paddy married into the wine culture of Bordeaux, soon after Paddy worked in Tour du Vin, St Emilion where he was introduced to the variety and complexity of Bordeaux wines and so began his lifelong passion for wine and sniffing out good quality/priced wines. In 2000 Paddy co-founded the Wine Buff chain of shops in Ire..
One of Ireland’s most popular steakhouses has teamed up with award winning ‘The Wine Buff’ family to create a new food and wine experience for Limerick. Brimstone restaurant in Limerick’s Bishops Quay will host a unique new wine bar, one with stunning views overlooking the River Shannon. ‘The Wine Buff Wine Bar’ will be a showcase for some of the finest local produce, all paired with exceptional vintages selected by The Wine Buff. “Everyone is invited,” said Brimstone Executive Director Keith Hennessy, adding “we have always strived to create the perfect food and wine pairing. We believe that combining a Brimstone signature steak with a unique vintage from The Wine Buff is a match made in heaven. It simply doesn’t g..
Allez Munster!!! Heading to Bordeaux for the Munster match? The Wine Buff St Emilion is open for pre-match tastings and post match celebrations. Paddy would be delighted for all Munster supporters to visit the shop and taste our local range of wines. The Wine Buff St Emilion is located in the centre of St Emillion, on Rue du Marche, just off the main square. Tel : +33 6 28 80 21. So if your're about, you're more than welcome to call in. ..
It’s nearly upon us, the 11th West Waterford Food Festival and this year it’s certainly bigger and looking brighter than the last 6 months of weather we experienced, so bring on the sunshine in Dungarvan. The Wine Buff Dungarvan will again be smack bang in the middle of the festival action, kicking off on Friday evening we are supplying the wines to the four West Waterford Secret Suppers. Be transported to secret locations throughout West Waterford where your selected chef Eunice Power, Shane McGrath, Arun Kapil or Chris McGowan will be preparing and serving dinner in an intimate private kitchen and d..
Not so long ago, Sherry was usually seen as a sweet tipple that granny had at Christmas and the same bottle was resurrected year on year from the back of the cupboard for the odd glass or two. But recently things are a changing, we have been pleased to see how many people are visiting The Wine Buff shops for Sherry and how knowledgeable they are about the different styles. It really is time more people knew just how good Sherry is. And bear in mind, contrary to popular belief, Sherry, once opened does not keep forever. Some Sherry Facts Sherry (from the Moorish Sherish, name that later evolved into the current Xerez or Jerez) is a lightly fortified dry white wine produced in and around the town of Jerez d..
January the 6th is traditionally known as "Nollaig ns mBan" or Women's Christmas and Saturday is the perfect night to celebrate it. Here are some things you may not know about January 6th traditions. 1. You'll be hard-pushed to pinpoint the origins of Nollaig na mBan but what does seem clear is that January 6, is the day when women traditionally visited each other's homes for tea, cake, wine and chat. 2. The day can be variously referred to as Little Christmas, Women’s Christmas or – especially in Cork and Kerry – Women’s Little Christmas. 3. It’s traditionally the day in Ireland when the decorations come down and are thrown back up in the attic, waiting to be unpacked and desnagged on December 8 next. 4..
This time of year, France is focused on its wine harvest but this year is different to recent years, an unusually mild March and frosty April, difficult ripening due to water stress and scorching heat in June and August has led to low yields, the lowest since 1945. And with unpredictable rains now forecast the race is on to pick the grapes. Last week we spoke to Fanny and Francois Boyer from Chateau Beaubois and received their harvest update. “Our harvest started historically early this year on 11th August at 2am to take advantage of the cooler late-night temperatures. The harvest started 15 days earlier than 2106 and 30 days earlier than the 1988 vintage. Take note climate change sceptics”. said Fanny. Fanny who is the wi..
NATURAL WINES……..what’s it all about? We are hearing more and more about natural wine. Given all the marketing hype, it seems to have just appeared in a short space of time, however when wine was made 8000 years ago, it was not made with our modern knowledge, additives or techniques. The ancient natural wines were made from crushed grapes that fermented into wine. This all sounds very idyllic but would you really want a drink what our ancestors proclaimed to be natural wine? Before the invention of the glass bottle, natural wine was exposed to the air and oxidised quickly. Winemakers tried to preserve wine with resin, which made the drink sticky and thick. Other delightful additives included lead, salt, pepper, vinegar and herb infusi..