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Kevin Ecock talks wine, explores wine, and tastes wine with experts from across the world of wine. This is the Wine Pod.

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Kevin Ecock talks wine, explores wine, and tastes wine with experts from across the world of wine. This is the Wine Pod.

    Wine in China and Chinese Wine: A podcast with Janet Wang

    Wine in China and Chinese Wine: A podcast with Janet Wang

    I am fascinated to hear from Janet Wang that wine making in China has a 9,000 year history. Incredable as that seems Janet still refers to wine in China as being both new and old.

    Janet Wang is a complete expert on everything to do with wine in China. Her book, The Chinese Wine Renaissance, is rich with both historical records and contemporary accounts. It is an important reference to a country where more vines are being planted than anyhwere else in the world. It is an account of a country where wine has been re-imagined.
    Janet Wang is a member of the Association of Wine Educator's and hosts a fabulous YouTube stream on the Wines of China at the Cambridge China Centre.  She can be found at her web page WinePeek where you can see the very impressive lists of how busy her media work is.  
     The Chinese Wine Renaissance is published by Penguin Books.
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    While all restaurants in Ireland were closed until recently many reopened. That was great news - Open Again. Then we heard that they had to close once more - on Chrstmas Eve. Tough times, Tough times indeed. Here's hoping for a more succesful business environment in 2021.
    We should remember that many of these, including the wonderful Monty's of Kathmandu, are family businesses. They are often small and brilliant and need our support more than ever. Keep Safe and Keep well. 
    Kevin Ecock's WinePod is brought to us with the assistance of the Santa Rita Wine Room at Monty's of Kathmandu - an excellent place to host your next event or celebration.
    Contact Shiva at 01 -6704911 or HERE at the Santa Rita Wine Room web page.

    • 30 min
    Veronique Drouhin: Making Magic in Burgundy and Oregon

    Veronique Drouhin: Making Magic in Burgundy and Oregon

    Maison Joseph Drouhin is one of the leading practitioners  of biodynamic and organic viticulture in the world. They are also one of the leading high quality producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay based wines from both Europe (Burgundy) and North America (Oregon).

    The Drouhin family is a member of the twelve strong Primum Familiae Vini - First Families of Wine.

    In this podcast Veronique Drouhin, winemaker at Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin Oregon, explains to us how she works with her three siblings, Frédéric, Philippe, and Laurent, and also alongside their father Robert, to maintain the magic and excellence of the wines of Drouhin. It really is a truly remarkable story.
    Horse ploughing in Burgundy. Weathered basalt in Oregon. Venerable cellars in Burgundy. Gravity flow winery in Oregon.
    The wines of Maison Joseph Drouhin are distributed in Ireland by Bibendum Ireland.
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    While all restaurants in Ireland were closed until recently many reopened. That was great news - Open Again. Then we heard that they had to close once more - on Chrstmas Eve. Tough times, Tough times indeed. Here's hoping for a more succesful business environment in 2021.
    We should remember that many of these, including the wonderful Monty's of Kathmandu, are family businesses. They are often small and brilliant and need our support more than ever. Keep Safe and Keep well. 
    Kevin Ecock's WinePod is brought to us with the assistance of the Santa Rita Wine Room at Monty's of Kathmandu - an excellent place to host your next event or celebration.
    Contact Shiva at 01 -6704911 or HERE at the Santa Rita Wine Room web page.

    • 28 min
    The Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard: one of the Finest in the World

    The Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard: one of the Finest in the World

    Soil, Location and Vine. Over the millenia farmers have understood that chance is best left at the door when choosing 'what to grow' and 'where to grow'.

    Experience is a better bed fellow. Sometimes, though, a grower will make a decision based on a soil analysis along with a great deal of knowledge and experience but because no-one had ever attempted to venture into this territory before then chance is their inevitable traveling companion.
    In 1992 Nicolas Catena planted a vineyard 5,000 feet above sea level in the Uco Valley of Mendoza in Argentina. Noone had attempted this before. It would be ten years before they knew whether folly or reputation would benefit.
    This is the Adrianna Vineyard - South America's Grand Cru 

    In this episode Pedro San Martin of Bodega Catena Zapata brings us closer to the stones and vines that now produce 100 Point wines. This was a terroir that local viticulturists said could never ripen grapes at all.
    In 2018 Laura Catena brought out her second book. It was titled 'GOLD in the vineyards'. (Her first was the brilliant 'Vino Argentina' in 2011). Gold in this case was the potential wine quality hidden away in special and rare terroirs across the world.

    The Adrianna vineyard held onto its gold for quite a few years. Then, after an inticate mapping of every detail relating to every vine - it released its treasure.
    Bodega Catena Zapata is represented in Ireland by Cassidy Wines.
    Enjoy
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    While all restaurants in Ireland were closed until recently many reopened. That was great news - Open Again. Then we heard that they had to close once more - on Chrstmas Eve. Tough times, Tough times indeed. Here's hoping for a more succesful business environment in 2021.
    We should remember that many of these, including the wonderful Monty's of Kathmandu, are family businesses. They are often small and brilliant and need our support more than ever. Keep Safe and Keep well. 
    Kevin Ecock's WinePod is brought to us with the assistance of the Santa Rita Wine Room at Monty's of Kathmandu - an excellent place to host your next event or celebration.
    Contact Shiva at 01 -6704911 or HERE at the Santa Rita Wine Room web page.      

    • 28 min
    Martin Codax; Rias Baixas, Monterrei and Bierzo Wines

    Martin Codax; Rias Baixas, Monterrei and Bierzo Wines

    Martin Codax is a superb story of co-operation, innovation and independence. When its grower members came together back in 1986 the world, for the most part, had never heard of wine from Galicia, tasted Albarino or could pronounce Rias Baixas.
    Today, white wine from the region has captivated the world of wine to the extent that Albarino from Rias Baixas is considered the Finest of Spanish white wines. In this episode Celina Rodriguez guides us through the region, its subzones and, of course, the wines of Martin Codax.

    Martin Codax also produces Mencia based wines from Bierzo (Cuatro Pasos) and Godello based wines from Monterrei (Mara Martin).  All three regions and their wines are represented in Ireland by Barry and Fitzwilliam. The story behind how the Cantabrian Brown Bear conservation programme is supported by Martin Codax is fabulous. Read it HERE.
    Martin Codax Albarino will feature in the forthcoming SuperValu Spanish Wine Sale. More about that on WineIreland.blog closer to the middle of February. In anticipation of that I attended a SuperValu webinar for the press acouple of weeks ago and listened once more to the Martin Codax story.  It is so good I just had to bring it to our Podcast!

    In this episode I am guilty of telling two of my own stories from a visit I made to Galicia as far back as 2002. Apologies for my indulgence as the Martin Codax story is told to us here so brilliantly by Celina Rodriguez. Enjoy.
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    While all restaurants in Ireland were closed until recently many reopened. That was great news - Open Again. Then we heard that they had to close once more - on Chrstmas Eve. Tough times, Tough times indeed. Here's hoping for a more succesful business environment in 2021.
    We should remember that many of these, including the wonderful Monty's of Kathmandu, are family businesses. They are often small and brilliant and need our support more than ever. Keep Safe and Keep well. 
    Kevin Ecock's WinePod is brought to us with the assistance of the Santa Rita Wine Room at Monty's of Kathmandu - an excellent place to host your next event or celebration.
    Contact Shiva at 01 -6704911 or HERE at the Santa Rita Wine Room web page.

    • 28 min
    Astrolabe in New Zealand: Simon Waghorn' s Extraordinary Wine.

    Astrolabe in New Zealand: Simon Waghorn' s Extraordinary Wine.

    Astrolabe is one of those wineries. You know the kind!
    Memorable. Exceptional.

    In this podcast we chat with owner/winemaker Simon Waghorn. It's quite the chat! Astrolabe is situated in the Marlborough region on the South Island of New Zealand. The Waghorn family produce wines that reflect their specific origin to an incredable and specific detail. It is just fabulous to taste high quality wines where climate, soils and winemaking are all reflected completely accurately.

    New Zealand produces fabulous Sauvignon Blanc wines from Marlborough. But they are not all alike. Indeed, the Astrolabe portfolio shows this to perfection. When I first tasted the Astrolabe Kekerengu Coast Sauvignon Blanc I was quite simply there - with the windy coastline, up on a hillside sitting in a stony vineyard. It's briny background and extreme mineral driven foretaste are as I say, Memorable, Exceptional.
    O'Briens Wines carry the wine in Ireland.  
    Wo, I'm getting carried away. This is Simon Waghorn's story, not mine! Let him tell you why soils matter and how the shape of his Island affects rainfall. This is family and this is very good wine.      

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    While all restaurants in Ireland were closed until recently many reopened. That was great news - Open Again. Then we heard that they had to close once more - on Chrstmas Eve. Tough times, Tough times indeed. Here's hoping for a more succesful business environment in 2021.
    We should remember that many of these, including the wonderful Monty's of Kathmandu, are family businesses. They are often small and brilliant and need our support more than ever. Keep Safe and Keep well. 
    Kevin Ecock's WinePod is brought to us with the assistance of the Santa Rita Wine Room at Monty's of Kathmandu - an excellent place to host your next event or celebration.
    Contact Shiva at 01 -6704911 or HERE at the Santa Rita Wine Room web page.

    • 34 min
    Bodega 695 Wineshop: A Podcast with Ed Jolliffe

    Bodega 695 Wineshop: A Podcast with Ed Jolliffe

    BODEGA 695 was launched this year. It's an online wine shop with a difference.  In this episode we chat with Ed Jolliffe, sommelier and one of the 'brains behind the portal'.

    Rest assured, if you join up to the BODEGA 695 through its BODEGA 695 Club you will receive the very best of quality information and advice. Ed knows his wines! We learn here why his business card carries the quote, 'The Finest Wines Available to Humanity ... We Want Them and We Want Them Now'. 
    What separates BODEGA 695 from other sites is the exclusive nature of its wines. They trade in premium labels not easily available elsewhere   ....    and the wines are very, very good.

    Take as examples: Floresta Field Blend Blanco or the red Bougainville Petite Syrah from Santa Rita: a magnum of the Contino Rioja Reserva 2015 or Elegance Rose from Clos Cantenac in Bordeaux. These are just a few examples of how rich a bounty BODEGA 695 has on sale. 

    Enjoy the podcast!
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    While all restaurants in Ireland were closed until recently many reopened. That was great news - Open Again. Then we heard that they had to close once more - on Chrstmas Eve. Tough times, Tough times indeed. Here's hoping for a more succesful business environment in 2021.
    We should remember that many of these, including the wonderful Monty's of Kathmandu, are family businesses. They are often small and brilliant and need our support more than ever. Keep Safe and Keep well. 
    Kevin Ecock's WinePod is brought to us with the assistance of the Santa Rita Wine Room at Monty's of Kathmandu - an excellent place to host your next event or celebration.
    Contact Shiva at 01 -6704911 or HERE at the Santa Rita Wine Room web page.

    • 29 min

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