Irish tourism is facing more uncertainty after the US issued warnings about travel to parts of Italy and the French authorities closed the Louvre Museum in Paris over concerns for its staff catching the coronavirus from the hundreds of people streaming through its doors.
Mon, 02 Mar, 2020
Fri, 28 Feb, 2020
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars).
Fri, 28 Feb, 2020
The National Public Health Emergency Team is to immediately ramp up warning campaigns about the spread of coronavirus at ports, airports, schools, and public offices.
Wed, 26 Feb, 2020
Restrictions on public gatherings and sporting events put in place by the Italian authorities apply in the Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, and Veneto regions.
Mon, 24 Feb, 2020
Ireland and other EU countries have been told to be on alert for possible cases of the coronavirus.
Mon, 24 Feb, 2020
Despite suffering a heavy defeat to Six Nations holders England at Castle Park, Doncaster, captain Ciara Griffin insists the Ireland women’s team are closing the gap to the Red Roses.
Sun, 23 Feb, 2020
This week I’m focusing on a recent trip to the most expensive vineyards in Italy (courtesy of O’Briens).
Fri, 04 Oct, 2019
As everyone except US president Donald Trump seems to know by now the climate is getting warmer and more unstable, and it seems likely this will have a major effect on the wines we will be drinking in the future.
Sat, 20 Jul, 2019
Italy has been neglected on this page of late but I promise to make up for this in the next few weeks as I have two trips planned — one to Tuscany and one to the Veneto.
Fri, 17 May, 2019
This week, I’m focusing on Veneto, home to some of my favourite Italian wines, such as Bardolino, Soave and, of course, many Irish people’s favourite: Amarone della Valpolicella.
Sun, 21 Apr, 2019
THE tree is up, Santa letters are in the post and the kinder-spawn fret endlessly as to whether the man himself will pony up on their extensive list of demands, but it is only on hitting Dublin that I begin to feel the first stirrings of Christmas spirit. The town is delightfully en fete: enough lights to humble the milky way, pine forests in every window and streets packed with grimly determined shoppers.
Sat, 22 Dec, 2018
I was asked recently which wine region I would opt to live in given an endless budget and unlimited resources. After much deliberation I picked Piedmont in Northern Italy, home to the Slow Food movement, white truffles, hazelnuts, and wines made from Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto, writes
Sat, 29 Sep, 2018
This weekrecommends two juicy reds and three northern whites
Sat, 17 Mar, 2018
Valentine’s Day is in a few days so this week’s column offers some gift suggestions, both conventional and more unusual.
Fri, 09 Feb, 2018
Sat, 30 Dec, 2017
pays a visit to Michaels restaurant, 57 Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion, Co Dublin
Sat, 16 Dec, 2017
Sat, 02 Dec, 2017
The current crisis in Catalonia is just one of a number of separatist issues being looked on with disfavour and alarm in Europe’s corridors of power, writes
Mon, 06 Nov, 2017
The presidents of Italy's wealthy northern regions of Veneto and Lombardy have claimed victory in autonomy referendums that seek to grab additional powers and tax revenue from Rome.
Mon, 23 Oct, 2017
The European wine harvest is in full swing but the late spring frost and hail and an extreme summer heatwave have not proved beneficial.
Sat, 09 Sep, 2017
Two US private equity funds have quit talks to buy a mountain of bad loans from ailing Italian lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena, dealing a blow to plans to secure a state bailout for the bank.
Sat, 17 Jun, 2017
This week I am returning to Italy with a scattered selection of suggestions that range from north to south.
Sat, 10 Jun, 2017
The number of new Irish whiskies seems to be growing by the week with new brands being launched and the old guard easily keeping up.
Sat, 18 Mar, 2017
The dreaded ‘C’ word is fast approaching so if you can be disciplined (or can lock the wine away somewhere) it is good to begin picking up some wines or at least thinking about what you will need.
Sat, 12 Nov, 2016
Sat, 22 Oct, 2016
Italian wine is a reflection of the country’s politics, equally fascinating and frustrating.
Sat, 30 Jul, 2016
There has been a lot of publicity about the new UK alcohol guidelines and much discussion about the benefits of a “dry January” these past few weeks. I’m not convinced.
Sat, 16 Jan, 2016
Just a few days left to pick up some last minute presents and to prepare for Christmas.
Sat, 19 Dec, 2015
Recently I gave over my column to the joys of sherry and wrote about how well it goes with food. This week it is the turn of port. Port and sherry are drinks we wrongly associate with Christmas when in fact they work all year round.
Sat, 05 Dec, 2015
Sat, 07 Nov, 2015
I have a nostalgic theme this week as I was reminded at recent tastings by how much our tastes have changed since I first became interested in wine.
Sat, 31 Oct, 2015
The only people that seem to be happy with Budget 2016 are the craft brewers.
Sat, 24 Oct, 2015
I’m a little late focusing on the Rugby World Cup, but with the final group matches this weekend there will be a lot of tension around and you may need a glass of wine to calm your nerves.
Sat, 10 Oct, 2015
Pope Francis said yesterday that the mistreatment of migrants who are escaping war and injustice “makes one cry”, as he visited the northern Italian city of Turin, stopping to pray before the shroud that some Christians believe is Jesus’ burial cloth.
Mon, 22 Jun, 2015
Heartened by recent election successes by an anti-immigrant party, Italian politicians based in the north vowed yesterday not to shelter any more migrants saved at sea, even as hundreds more were being rescued in the Mediterranean from smugglers’ boats in distress.
Mon, 08 Jun, 2015
This week I want to share with you some of the reasons why good Champagne is expensive. One reason is our punitive tax system (fizzy wine is double the tax of still wine), but also because this is not an easy wine to get right.
Sat, 02 May, 2015
flies into Venice and makes his way around one of Italy’s most famous regions to experience beautiful landscapes, hidden gems, vineyards and glorious late spring sunshine
Sat, 02 May, 2015
In recent weeks, I have been praising Spain as a source of good value but this week I want to focus on Italy.
Sat, 18 Apr, 2015
I am often asked where I like to buy my wine and the honest answer is (and should be), everywhere. However I must confess a bit of a bias towards the independent sector.
Sat, 07 Feb, 2015
HIS WEEK I am focusing on Waterford which held its annual Harvest Festival just a couple of weeks ago with a strong focus on local food producers and of course on wine.
Sun, 28 Sep, 2014
IT IS market day in Desenzano on the southern shore of Lake Garda. Along the waterfront, vendors hawk their wares: clothes, jewellery, handbags and pottery beckon to passersby.
Sun, 20 Jul, 2014