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"I do drink on tour,' says the Irish singer-songwriter, 'but it tends to be beer, not wine, and I make sure I drink at least two litres of water a day. Being hydrated is a key thing for a singer, especially if you're spending three hours on stage five nights a week, and wine dehydrates me faster than beer."
Chris de Burgh with a beer

Chris keeps much of his wine at his home in Ireland which has two wine cellars. "I've got about 300 bottles here and some cases stored at warehouses in England. I tend to cherry pick from various sources and I like to collect single bottles rather than cases."

"Wine is a combination of things for me, it is art, history, good taste and sharing. I think the greatest thing about wine is the companionship that it offers of having fiends together to share in wine and hopefully remember what it tasted like the next day."

There are some famous names in his wine racks, including Châteaux Haut-Brion, Lafite, Latour, Margaux, Lafleur and Mouton - but de Burgh insists he's not a label drinker. "I don't want to have to make love to a bottle of wine every night. If you take out a bottle of great red Bordeaux, you have to go through the business of decanting it and serving it properly. Sometimes I just want to open something simple and share it with friends."

It was a French wine that provoked his interest in the subject when he was only 14. In the summer months the family opened their family home called Bargy Castle as a hotel to make ends meet. As well as providing in-house entertainment on his guitar, the teenager was put in charge of pouring wines. "We had a cellar with a few good bottles of Burgundy in it, but it was easy to be the sommelier: it was basically a choice of red or white."

Then a shipping magnate called Joe McNerney came to stay at Château de Burgh. In his luggage was a bottle of world-famous Sauternes, a 1962 Château d'Yquem. 'One evening he beckoned me over to his table and gave me a glass of this nectar. My eyes rolled around in my head and I thought: "This is amazing." That's when my love of wine began.' And how well did he sing in the living room concert that night? 'One of my better early shows,' he laughs.

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