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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 Famili…
 
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 attempt…
 
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 B…
 
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. …
 
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 w…
 
There really is nothing like Champagne to kick off great celebrations. Happy New Year to all of you and many thanks from everyone here at Kevin Ecock's WinePod for your great support over the course of 2020 - a memorable year. A Favourite label of ours that never lets us down is Champagne Pannier . Why? Because in every blind tasting that it pops u…
 
Celebrate Christmas with the best of Irish. Ireland is blessed with the finest artisanal and craft produce. We focus in this and last weeks' podcast on one superb story. Highbank. This is Part 2 of the story. To begin the tale listen to last week's fabulous episode HERE. Indeed, you can also read all about it on the Wine Ireland web page HERE! High…
 
Celebrate Christmas with the best of Irish. Ireland is blessed with the finest artisanal and craft produce. We focus in this podcast on one superb story. Highbank. Highbank Orchards in Cuffesgrange Kilkenny makes a bewildering array of multiple award winning products - all based on their organic cider apples. This year Highbank released an Irish Ap…
 
Wine Australia is keen to tell us all about their Australian Wine Discovered platform. It's an online educational resource available for FREE for EVERYONE to enjoy, explore and to learn from. .... and it is quite Brilliant - pdf's, videos, podcasts, tutorials and maps. Loads of maps! You can download the whole shooting match and just so we don't ge…
 
The story is well told. Irish business man Terry Cross falls in love with Chateau de la Ligne in Bordeaux. The property has not seen a vine on its land since the great freezing fogs of 1956. Terry buys de la Ligne on St Patricks Day 2000 and proceeds to renovate the Chateau back to its glory days. In addition, he employs some of the greatest talent…
 
What is a Master of Wine? In this podcast we chat with Dermot Nolan MW to find out. Masters of Wine (commonly referred to as MW's) have passed a rigorous set of blind tasting and theory exams. In addition, they have completed a written and original research paper on a wine related subject, usually technical. Make no mistake, passing the MW examinat…
 
Springfield Estate has been one of my favourite 'go to' places for a long time now. Why? Because it makes fabulous wines that have shown a profound respect for the land long before 'Sustainability', 'Organic', and other trending monikers were in use across the wine trade at all. The Bruwer family has farmed at Springfield since 1898. They are ninth…
 
In this podcast Francesco Ricasoli corrects me with my pronounciation of his surname and the fact that vineyards around Brolio were not destroyed in WW2 - Isn't this what a proper chat is all about!! Brolio Castle at the heart of the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany is surrounded by vineyards that can best be described as the beating heart of Ita…
 
Every time I try one of the wines produced by Villa Huesgen on the banks of the Mosel river in Germany I am captivated by their crisp, clear, character. Their website tells us that they believe in Origin. Tradition. Home. Family. Wine Culture. In this podcast (a bit 'warbly' due to the Zoom connection) owner and winemaker Adolph Huesgen guides us t…
 
I was fortunate to visit the vineyards of Navarra in northern Spain a couple of years ago. I was doubly fortunate that one of the wineries we visited is owned and run by the Ochoa family. These days Bodegas Ochoa, near the fabulous town of Olite, is run by sisters Adriana (winemaking) and Beatriz (Sales and Marketing). It is quite brilliant to see …
 
Wachau in Austria is one of those places that should be on everyones bucket list to visit. I've not been there but it truly looks stunningly beautiful. Domäne Wachau makes wine that should be on everyones bucket list - to taste. I have been there! The vineyards of Wachau lie on the banks of the Danube in Lower Austria slightly NE of Vienna. The Wac…
 
In this podcast Kevin O'Callaghan, wine buyer at SuperValu, guides us through their current sale of wines from France - The SuperValu French Wine Event. In addition, Kevin touches on many other aspects of selling wine in 2020 - the challenges and rewards. Superquinn stores across Ireland used to bring us a very fine annual French Wine Sale. It was …
 
I was impressed when I first saw the flat bottle of wine from Garçon Wines. I liked its simplicity. What I really should have liked was its sustainability and how more sustainable the world of wine would be with innovation such as this. Recently I wrote a feature for Checkout Magazine on Sustainability in the World of Wine. I researched Garçon Wine…
 
I first met Sebastian Labbé when he was head winemaker at the brilliant Viña Carmen, part of the Santa Rita Estates in Chile. In that role he was a frequent visitor to Ireland. The tastings he hosted were fascinating lectures on how to make excellent wine from excellent vineyards. He was always looking forward. Today Sebastian is the head winemaker…
 
Maison Champy began in 1720 and has the honourable distinction of being the oldest wine company in Burgundy. Extraordinary. Brilliance, of course, needs quite a lot more than venerability! Three centuries might simply imply dusty cellars. Not so with Maison Champy who in 1866 helped Louis Pasteur develop his, 'Etudes sur le Vin: Diseases, Causes, N…
 
Huia is an organic and biodynamic vineyard in the Marlborough area of the South Island in New Zealand. The wines they make are exceptional and are bolted to their makers Claire and Mike Allans belief that nothing should be taken from the land that cannot be returned to it. Their agents, Classic Drinks write that, 'grape juice is probably the only e…
 
Bodega Santalba in the Rioja region of Northern Spain opens its web page with, '... the best grapes and the experience of previous generations comprise the formula to achieve the highest quality end product. Ancient Traditions and Modern Times. .. In this podcast Roberto Ijalba, son of founder Santiago Ijalba ( whose name was shortened to Santalba)…
 
Doña Paula is the Argentine arm of the Santa Rita Wine Estates. In this podcast Martin Kaiser, wine maker and viticulturist at Doña Paula tells us that Doña Paula is an Estate winery and as such all of the grapes they use are grown on their own land. Where the grapes are grown is decided by an ultra scientific approach to an analysis of the varied …
 
Tenuta San Leonardo is in Trentino. The Alto Adige is to its north while Valpolicella is to the south. In this podcast Anselmo Guerrieri Gonzaga recounts his family history and how he works with his father Marquis Carlo to produce sensational wines. The Guerrieri Gonzaga family has run the San Leonardo estate for the past 300 years. Across 25 hecta…
 
Lidl brings us an interesting and wide variety of wine styles. At times the selection available might be seasonal or themed. To help us through the eclectic nature of wine specials, grape types and areas of origin Lidl employs the services of a Master of Wine, Richard Bampfield to help us. To help us even further Lidl has a (flattering) photo of Ri…
 
Across the world of wine we hear the word 'Sustainable' again and again. Very often it's linked to a 'green movement' of some vague description, 'organic viticulture' and its dislike of artificial fertilisers or just plain old 'keeping the land in a good condition to pass on to the kids'! Sustainability is much more and all of these. In this podcas…
 
Where to start with Tim Phillips? Rome? South Africa? Montepulciano? The New Forest in Hampshire? It's an interesting list and makes a fascinating podcast! This is very much a story of 'How to When Noone had Even Thought it Possible' sort of podcast. Fabulous and Brilliant. This is Charlie Herring. Before our current lockdown travel restrictions th…
 
Marlings is a vineyard in Hampshire that makes award winning wine and carries the New Forest Marque - 'an accreditation scheme set up to develop and support the production, processing and distribution of local produce from the New Forest'. Before our current lockdown travel restrictions the WinePod was due to visit the New Forest to help advertise …
 
Stefano Gagliardo's family make some of the finest expressions of Barolo from vineyards (Piedmont: NW Italy) that his father Gianni took charge of in the 1970's. The very best land is essential to producing quality Nebbiolo grapes and that's what we find every time we are fortunate to taste a Gianni Gagliardo Barolo. In this podcast Stefano explain…
 
Wink Lorch published 'Jura Wine' in 2014 and followed it with 'Wines of the French Alps' in 2019. Both books were researched to the 'nth' degree, very well laid out and filled important gaps that had been left behind by almost every wine book before them. These are books that every wine library, educator and sommelier should have, read and use. The…
 
Jim Barry Wines is in the Clare Valley of South Australia. The valley is synonymous with quality wine and even boasts a Riesling Bike Trail! Jim Barry was an impressive individual - the first professionally qualified winemaker ever employed in the Clare and the 17th Degree in Oenology from the famous Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1947. 60 year…
 
De Loach is one of the very great wines from the Sonoma Valley in California. In this podcast Director of Wine at de Loach, Brian Maloney, talks to us about growing up on a farm in Sonoma, joining the wine trade and ultimately, under the stewardship of the Boisset family, becoming one of the foremost authorities on winemaking across the region. Bri…
 
Before everything locked down we had the distinct honor of chatting to Villa Maria viticulturist Stuart Dudley. The occasion was the premier of the Villa Maria movie 'Vintage'. It was a suitably glittering launch held at the Stella in Rathmines and hosted by Irish agents Barry Fitzwilliam. and yes, I managed to forget Stuart was the viticulturist a…
 
In this episode we are joined by Neasa Miquel. Neasa is from Ireland and has worked alongside her husband Laurent to make the Laurent Miquel family estate in the Languedoc into one the finest of its kind. Visit their website. It's an informative trove about the Miquel estates and the wines of the Languedoc. This podcast was recorded via Zoom as Nea…
 
Clearly a few days can make a difference! I recorded with Marius Kotze (la Motte and Leopards Leap) when he was in town just a few weeks ago. He was participating at his agents' (Classic Drinks) portfolio tasting. Brilliant event held at the Market Bar on Fade Street. Packed to the rafters with customers and filled with excellent wines. This interv…
 
There is no doubt that many island wineries will find it hard to 'tough it out' this year. Many depend on a tourist market to drink their wines. There are no tourists. Other's are totally dependent on export markets that have, for the time being, ceased to trade. And yet their grapes continue to grow, their vineyards continue to need maintenance an…
 
A Prophet on St Patrick's Day! A coincidence and a welcome one. The world and the world of wine is packed full of great people and great stories. Right now as we battle against something we can't see and, hopefully, an enemy most of us will never feel we need to believe that what we have achieved to date is worthwhile and that we will be able to pi…
 
Valpolicella, Amarone, Oltrepo Pavese, Montalcino, Maremma Toscana, Manduria Puglia, Paternoster Vulture, De Buris These are all Tommasi Estates and Tommasi Wines in Italy. Each is magnificent. In this podcast Pierangelo Tommasi brings us on a journey through time and place. Along the way he explains the differences between the Passito and Appassim…
 
Robb Wines invited me to a tasting of the wines of Ben Glaetzer recently. Fabulous I said. A wine legend that I had never met and whose wines from the Barossa had never crossed my lips! Perversely I knew the 'Heartland' wines from the lesser known region of Langhorne Creek south of Adelaide. Such are the vagaries of wine distribution! Ben had decid…
 
The De Martino family has been growing grapes and producing wine in Chile since the 1930's. Today their wines are among the most awarded, most sought after and most interesting produced in South America. Here's a sample: One of the best wineries in Robert Parker's 'Extraordinary Winery Awards'; Alistair Cooper MW places Viejas Tinajas Cinsault into…
 
Waterford Estate is one of those special places in South Africa that excels in making high class wines. The Estate is in the Blaauwklippen Valley in Stellenbosch. This is one of the areas in the world where blue skies blend down onto majestic valley slopes which in turn flow to vibrant and expertly tended rows of healthy vines. In this podcast wine…
 
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