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Highbank Orchards: Irish Apple Wine in time for Christmas!

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Release Date: 12/17/2020

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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 Apple Wine. While it's obviously an organic product the manner in which it is made is unique. In this podcast Rod Calder Potts explains all. In particular Rod focuses on his aplliance of organic techniques and what terroir means to his family.  

From the apples that the Calder Potts grow they make everything from Drivers Cider to Organic Apple Jelly and on to finest 

Apple Syrups available to Treacle to Vinegars and to Highbank Proper and also Medieval Ciders. Then there's the still! This brings us Organic Kilkenny Apple Gin, Pink Flamingo Gin, Organic Apple Brandey, Highbank Orchard Spirit Single Estate and Organic Apple Vodka. Impressive. 

Enjoy. This is podcast 1 of 2 from Highbank.

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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.