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Paul Speck and Henry of Pelham's fabulous Canadian/Niagara wines

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Release Date: 06/12/2019

Warren Gibson of Trinity Hill: a Hawkes Bay Podcast show art Warren Gibson of Trinity Hill: a Hawkes Bay Podcast

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

The WinePod met Warren Gibson recently for a podcast chat with a view to understanding how his wines at are among the most awarded in the world. Trinity Hill is a modern winery situated on the North Island of New Zealand in Hawkes Bay. Their vineyards are planted on the unique soils found on the Gimblett Gravels - reckoned to be New Zealand's premier red wine region. In their own words Trinity Hill has a, 'philosophy of "Quality rather than Quantity" ... controlled yields ensure the intensity of flavour and elegant styles for which Trinity Hill is renowned'.   This is a fascinating...

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is a big player in the world of wines in Portugal. It is also a family owned and run company. The company and its ancestral vineyards are situated near Lisbon. The wines that they produce today straddle the entire country and include regions such as the Douro, Algarve, Alentejo and Vinho Verde. Four generations of the Santos Lima family has been making wine from just north of Lisbon and today accounts for 40% of all wines in that region! Access to fruit from across so many vineyards in Portugal allows Casa Santos Lima to produce a great variety of unique wine styles. In this Podcast...

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invited me to a tasting of the wines of 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 '' wines from the lesser known region of south of Adelaide. Such are the vagaries of wine distribution! Ben had decided in the 1990's that Langhorne Creek fruit had fabulous potential. He has, with partner Nick Keukenmeester, achieved this. Heartland wines are so accessible that its web site statement rings true every time I read it, 'You can Taste it From Where You are'.     I arranged a half an...

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Paul Speck is one of three brothers who run the highly successful Henry of Pelham winery on Canada's Niagara peninsula.

Henry of Pelham works with a number of mottos two of which tells us that their vineyards and wines are 'Tradition Reinvented' and 'Not Just Good Wine - Beautiful Wine'. Both are true!

This episode is a fabulous introduction not just to Henry of Pelham but also to the joys and quality of the entire Canadian wine industry. Currently Aer Lingus Business Class serves the Henry of Pelham Baco Noir - an extraordinary depth of rich, ripe bramble fruit and has recently served the Henry of Pelham Chardonnay -one of the very best examples of cool climate chardonnay's available. These are really great wines. 

Grab an atlas. Settle back. Pour yourself a generous one and Enjoy.  

Kevin Ecock's WinePod is brought to us with the assistance of the exceptional Santa Rita Wine Room at Monty's of Kathmandu. Looking for a very different and quite brilliant night out, staff event, celebration? Contact Shiva at Monty's at 016704911 or shiva@montys.ie