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Huia: a Unique Wine Estate in New Zealand

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Release Date: 07/20/2020

Jim Collins Vice President of Vineyard Management at E&J Gallo show art Jim Collins Vice President of Vineyard Management at E&J Gallo

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Listen here to Jim Collins - VP of Vineyard Management at E&J Gallo. This is Episode 2 of our 6 part mini series looking at the premium and super premium wines of E&J Gallo in California. What a brilliant episode where another great story really does lie behind the greatest wine labels in California.

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a Podcast with Beth Liston of Dark Horse show art a Podcast with Beth Liston of Dark Horse

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Welcome to the first podcast in our 6 part mini series of premium and super permium wines in the  E&J Gallo portfolio. These wines are brilliant.

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Bodega Tandem: Brilliance in Navarra show art Bodega Tandem: Brilliance in Navarra

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

The astute among you will recognise that I have already recorded a podcast interview wIth José María Fraile of . That was at an Fair held at Dublin Castle back in Dec 2019. You can listen to it . I just did. Not bad. Not bad at all! What was missing, however, was Jose's partner in business and winemaker at Tandem, the very gifted Alicia Eyaralar. Well, here they are together in our new podcast and here they are together at the winery: I am a complete fan of the wines of in Northern Spain. The region offers a uniquely diverse collection of grape types and a great understanding of how to...

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WineOnline.ie : A podcast with Will Mullin show art WineOnline.ie : A podcast with Will Mullin

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When was launched back in 1999 it was a groundbreaker. The first of its kind always is! There are loads of online wine stores out there now. These weren't there when and developed . Indeed it was unthought at the time that their creation would one day be in competition with not just these but also a wide variety of bricks and mortar retailers also.  It is testament to how brilliant is that it has not only held its own against allcomers but has also constantly redeveloped itself, time and again, to suit an ever changing winescape. Online events. Off line events. Hampers. Spirits....

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PradoRey: Ribero del Duero Excellence show art PradoRey: Ribero del Duero Excellence

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

In this podcast we chat with Fernando Rodríguez de Rivera, of the fabulous farm and vineyard in Ribero del Duero. PradoRey (Kings Meadow) is the largest estate in the north of Spain - 7km stretch of the Duero river; 520 hectares of vineyard; a hydroelectric dam that dates back to 1858; a dairy farm with 800 Friesian cows; a flock of 1800 Churra sheep; a 3hectare solar panel farm; a 17th century 18 room palace for tourist accomodation and a 16th century chapel. This is mega. The wines are equally impressive!   Ribero del Duero is a fascinating wine producing region. It is high -...

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Nicolò and Matteo Luxardo: 200 Years of Excellence show art Nicolò and Matteo Luxardo: 200 Years of Excellence

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is a name that I have always associated with beautifully crafted spirits of the highest quality.    The family has just celebrated its 200th anniversary of being in business. We are honoured to have been joined in this podcast by the Luxardo cousins, Nicolò and Matteo.   The family history is peppered with difficulty and war torn strife. There can be very few companies that have had to see their entire operation completely destroyed by war - then, with extraordinary determination succesfully rebuilt, brick by brick and cherry tree by cherry tree. Original Maraschino Cherries...

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Matthew Nugan of Nugan Estates: a Great Australian Success Story show art Matthew Nugan of Nugan Estates: a Great Australian Success Story

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

is a winery based in New South Wales in Australia. It is the 13th largest exporter of branded wines in Australia, a top 20 wine producer and whose wines are imported directly to Ireland by the Musgrave Group. As such the Nugan labels are widely available through and Centra stores. In this podcast 3rd generation Matthew Nugan brings us on a journey. Along the way we explore his family's quite brilliant history as farmers all the way to where they have become one of Australia's most successful wine producers. Matthew (above) with winemaker Daren Owers. They won the Wine and Spirits...

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The Allotment Wine Co : New Shoots for Our Wine Trade show art The Allotment Wine Co : New Shoots for Our Wine Trade

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

In this episode I chat with Chris Gifford who set up last year. Yes, right in the middle of our Covid lockdowns! Brave or Bonkers? Let Chris explain himself all the way from how to get into the wine trade, how to stay in it and how to set up an online wine store. Great story.  Brave. Chris has been in our trade for quite a long time. Many will know him from his time in retail all the way from the ground breaking McCabes on Mt Merrion Ave to the excellent, 'The Corkscrew' on Chatham Street in Dublin. He is well educated with his WSET credentials and knows a good wine when he tastes...

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Alison Flemming MW: Reh Kendermann and the Wines of Germany show art Alison Flemming MW: Reh Kendermann and the Wines of Germany

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Dunnes Stores recently held a fascinating online tasting of its range of wines produced by the great in Germany. The tasting was hosted by , Master of Wine. It was quite brilliant. We are thrilled that Alison agreed to give some of her time, and to share her expertise in relation to the wines of Germany, with us here at the WinePod. German wine continues to be either misunderstood or not understood at all. What a pity. They produce exquisite wines. Listen in here and find out why. Enjoy.    

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Virginia Willcox at Vasse Felix: A podcast from the Heart of the Margaret River. show art Virginia Willcox at Vasse Felix: A podcast from the Heart of the Margaret River.

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When I visited way back in 2010 I was bowled over by the quality of its wines. At the heart of this story was its  chief winemaker . If anyone dares to say that there are no winemakers around who can instil their sheer fabulous enthusiasm, extreme dedication and insane ability into their wine year after year after year after .... then they have yet to meet Virginia! Vasse Felix is the founding winery of the unique area that is the in Western Australia. South of Perth this is a wine making region that is truly alone in the world. It is also a region that everyone interested in wine,...

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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 element that is permanently removed from Huia Vineyards'. 

In this podcast Claire Allan brings us into the Huia world where they create wines that have an immense depth of pure fruit bursting from every glass.   

The Huia Vineyards website tells us that, 'Huia feathers were said to represent wisdom, elegance and great dignity. At Huia Vineyards we share these philosophies to grow and make our selection of organic wines'.

The Huia Bird has been extinct for over a century but continues to be revered. Indeed, the Maori has traditionally worn its feather as a symbol of prestige and honour. 

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While all restaurants in Ireland were closed until recently many have now reopened. This is great news - Open Again! 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.