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 Emma Symington MW of Wine Australia

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Release Date: 12/01/2020

Jonathan Mitchell : Ireland's Pre-eminent Family of Wine and Spot Whiskey show art Jonathan Mitchell : Ireland's Pre-eminent Family of Wine and Spot Whiskey

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Jonathan Mitchell is among the most likeable, knowledgable and enduring personalities in the drinks trade in Ireland. His family business, , is not just the longest running of its kind but is unique in its offering. In this podcast Jonathan guides us through the remarkable history of his family from an early 1800's bakery in Fairview to a coffee emporium on Grafton Street to their long established presence on Kildare Street in Dublin.  Along their journey to their current flagship stores in Glasthule and the IFSC the Mitchell family has continued to develop its world renowned collection...

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Dave Phinney of Orin Swift: Amongst the World's Very Best show art Dave Phinney of Orin Swift: Amongst the World's Very Best

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

is an ultra premium wine brand with a fascinating back story. It's a story that begins and continues with Dave Phinney, one of the finest wine innovators around. His vision is extraordinary and his wines are equal to his vision. They are the epitome of what 'unique' and 'original' are - all wrapped into bottles whose labels would not be amiss in an exhibition at the or at our own .        Dave Phinney's first venture into wine was at the very bottom rung of a harvest with Mondavi in 1997. A year later he bought a load of premium Napa grapes without a clear vision of what...

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Emilio Moro: Ribera del Duero at its Best show art Emilio Moro: Ribera del Duero at its Best

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is on a high plateau in the north centre of Spain. It is, in fact, the D.O. with the highest altitude in Spain with vineyards grown at a thousand metres above sea level and above.   In this podcast Nacho Andrés, Export Director from Bodegas Emilio Moro, guides us along the Emilio Moro journey. It's a fabulous story that results in wines of extreme class and quality.  Nacho at Cassidy Wines in Dublin recently Low rainfall, long and bitter winters, lashings of rain in the springtime and hot dry summers. These are the conditions that vignerons need to work with to make the local...

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Copenhagen Sparkling Tea : Quite Brilliant show art Copenhagen Sparkling Tea : Quite Brilliant

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Tea Tasting is very like Wine Tasting. Bouquet, Aroma, Palate Structure, Length, Fruit/Berry Intensity, Weight and so on. Try it some day. Focus into the sensations that Tea brings to the senses. Then add a Sparkle! This podcast with Jacob Kocemba explains all!  Award winning Sommelier, Jacob Kocemba, brought his first Sparkling Tea to the market in 2017. It was a sensation and represented years of meticulous research into developing a product that answered a need.  Jacob (left) with his business partner Bo Sten Hanson  The 'Need' began when Jacob was working at a top Michelin...

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Malbec Mon Amour: Laura Catena on her New Book and the Great Wines of Catena Zapata show art Malbec Mon Amour: Laura Catena on her New Book and the Great Wines of Catena Zapata

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Laura Catena is one of my all time favourites in the world of wine. Her bio is well told and worth reading into. Her father Nicolas is the most decorated wine maker to ever make a living from wine in Argentina and South America. The wines from are magnificent. While these have all held my esteem for Laura for quite a few years now they only tell half the story. What I really admire about Laura Catena is her continual and real engagement with her audience. She doesn't need to. Besides all the above she also has a family and a life outside of wine! And yet, she still perseveres to be...

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Marques de Caceres and the SuperValu Spanish Wine Sale show art Marques de Caceres and the SuperValu Spanish Wine Sale

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

runs a tight ship when it comes to Wine Sales. They drop prices back in a very honest and transparent way. They also bring in Guest Wines at fabulous prices. These are in store for a limited time only. The mix is always fabulously interesting. The current Sale, featuring wines from Spain and from Portugal, offers us a fascinating insight into the brilliant . They have the Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza at €12.00 and the Gran Reserva at the absolute bargain price of only €15.00 (down from €30). In addition they offer the Marques de Caceres Verdejo from Rueda at only €10.00. ...

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Grower Champagnes by Zoe: Fabulous show art Grower Champagnes by Zoe: Fabulous

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Last year Zoe Lengjak brought us, in her words, 'truly special, exclusive, natural and independent Grower Champagnes from the rarest terroir to Ireland's shores'. Read all about it here at .ie As it happens she also brought herself as a fabulous addition to the palate that makes up the wine trade in Ireland.  Zoe's experience within the region of Champagne is exceptional. We are genuinely lucky to have her here.  In this podcast we are introduced to the world of . This is where family's grow their grapes and make their wine to the very highest standards. The quality is quite...

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Michael Eddy: Winemaker at Louis M Martini talks Terroir and Cabernet Sauvignon show art Michael Eddy: Winemaker at Louis M Martini talks Terroir and Cabernet Sauvignon

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Michael Eddy is Director of Winemaking at in the Napa Valley of California. This is a winery that produces high quality year in and year out. It is one of the shining jewels in the E&J Gallo portfolio of Fine Wines. It has some of the finest Terroir available at its Monte Rosso vineyard. Add to this Micheal Eddy's talent. What a great story! brings us some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon based wines made anywhere.  In this podcast Michael talks to us about terroir and his winemaking philosophy where Cabernet Sauvignon takes centre stage. Mind you, there are other players as well!...

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David Coventry: Winemaker at Talbott Vineyards and Sleepy Hollow Brilliance show art David Coventry: Winemaker at Talbott Vineyards and Sleepy Hollow Brilliance

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David Coventry is winemaker at Talbott Vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands of California.

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Edouard Baijot MW: Fine Wines at E&J Gallo show art Edouard Baijot MW: Fine Wines at E&J Gallo

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E&J Gallo owns some of the finest vineyards in California, employs some of the finest winemaking talent and, in turn, makes some of the finest wines made anywhere. After all that takes place the wines are entrusted to Edouard Baijot's expertise to tell their stories and to explain their magic to the rest of us.

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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 get ahead of ourselves there's even an Introduction to Wine! Mind you, there are also introductions to just about everything else possible. This really is an excellent site.   

In this podcast Emma Symington MW (Education Development Manager at Wine Australia) chats with us about what makes the Australian wine trade tick. Indeed, how does Australia produce many of the finest wines available to us?

A good starting point is the sheer size of the continent, its many climates and soils, its people and, of course, the longevity of its grape growing tradition. Oldest vines in the world are here folks! 

Let's not get ahead of ourselves and let Emma do the talking. It's such a fabulous story. 

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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.