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November 26, 2015

2015 — a vintage year

Giovanni Morelli learns 2015 will probably produce the best Sangiovese vintage for 15 years, and that sometimes you can judge a wine simply by looking at the label.

The wine merchant of Venice

Giovanni Morelli hits the autostrade to sample some of the fine artwork at the current Venice Biennale, tasting some proper road-side coffee and some some wines from the Dolomites along the way.

Under Tuscan skies

As well as the birthplace of great art, Tuscany has a wealth of interesting wines, including those from Maremma on the region’s west coast, says Giovanni Morelli.

A whole lotta rosé

Giovanni Morelli selects three completely different tasting bottles of rosé for you this week, and encourages readers to once again try some interesting Beaujolais

Cede to Chia’s art and wine

As well as giving this month’s selected offerings from Tuscany and Tesco, Giovanni Morelli’s highlight of the past few months was undoubtedly a trip to meet the famous artist and winemaker Sandro Chia.  

The beautiful game and glass

As the World Cup kicks off, Giovanni Morelli was fascinated to read of Sir Alex Ferguson’s wine sale. However, it won’t be the footie — or indeed the new range of anti-wrinkle creams — that will be occupying his mind this summer in Tuscany.

A whole lot of rosé

Some excellent Chianti Classico and a lovely Rosato — a rosé — has Giovanni Morelli excited this week, as he enjoys the changing seasons in Tuscany and the four seasons in a day back in Ireland. 

Good ideas such as this are often old ones revisited

Director of the Obesity Clinic Prof Donal O’Shea explains how setting up a city garden in a car park fits in with the ethos of St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown.


MATTHEWS AUCTION ANTIQUES, COLLECTABLES & INTERIORS Tuesday 13th May 6:30pm Oldcastle, Co. Meath An interesting auction of over 550 lots mainly from Private Collections, Deceased Estates & Revenue Clearances. To Include; Set of Eight (6+2) Antique Ladder Back Chippendale Dining Chairs, Mid Victorian Gilded Overmantle Mirror with Cherub Motif Surmount, Fine George III Bureau Bookcase, […]

Turning water into wine

Following the French presidency and Irish Water Company controversies, Giovanni Morrelli finds new meaning in the catchphrase ‘The French Paradox’ and takes a swipe at the water utility for flooding us with scandals before supplying a single drop of water.

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