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Wine Intelligence - a podcast chat with Richard Halstead

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Release Date: 05/19/2021

Kinsale Mead: The Best There Is - Happy Christmas! show art Kinsale Mead: The Best There Is - Happy Christmas!

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Mead. Timeless, ancient and exceptional. This is a fabulous drink made with Honey, Water and Fruit. Simplicity is often the hallmark of brilliance and this is certainly true of the from the Atlantic shoreline of Co Cork in southern Ireland. Mead is versatile and makes a wonderful gift. How about the - Smooth with Irish Blackcurrants and Cherries or the - Citrus and Crisp. Versatile! The expertise at Kinsale Meadery is world class. In this podcast founder owner  brings us on a journey from setting up the Meadery in 2016 , with her husband Denis, to the present day .... and here they...

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Moldova Wine: Exciting! show art Moldova Wine: Exciting!

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

We all know where Moldova is? mmaybe not  ...   We all know that Moldova is historically a very important player in how the world trade in wine developed. Right? mmaybe not .... OK, how about the underground cellars that stretch for 200kms? They even hold an underground marathon through them!! Nope? So much to learn! This year (in Moldova) held a Fair in Dublin. I don't usually talk about events that don't have product in the market but make an exception here. Why? Because it is truly an interesting story and a genuine part of our wine heritage. Oh, Moldova is pretty much land...

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David Dennison of Viking Irish Wines in Waterford show art David Dennison of Viking Irish Wines in Waterford

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

In this episode we visit and chat with David Dennison of It was a beautiful summer day in his vineyard. Everything promises well for another fine vintage of the grapes that Dennis grows for his . The vineyard is fascinating for the variety of grape types that David has in the ground. It is, in effect, a magnificent experiment that will inform present and future Irish viticulturists. Remember, folks, you must have quality grapes to make quality wine. Ireland may not grow a lot of grapes but what is grown is of a very high quality. In this podcast David tells us what he has planted and why. ...

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Yalumba's Kevin Glastonbury Talks Red Winemaking ... and so much more! show art Yalumba's Kevin Glastonbury Talks Red Winemaking ... and so much more!

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

, affectionately known as KG, is Senior Red Winemaker at in the Barossa Valley of South Australia. The Barossa is one the world's premier red wine making regions and Yalumba one of its most respected wineries. Back in 2019 we had the honour here on the podcast to chat with Yalumba owner (Barossa legend) Robert Hill-Smith. () His family has owned and operated Yalumba for over 170 years! The Hill-Smiths are proud members of , have pioneered Viognier beyond what anyone thought possible and brings us The Caley one of finest expressions of red wine making anywhere.  In this podcast recorded...

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Maximilian Riedel: Glassware Perfection show art Maximilian Riedel: Glassware Perfection

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

has a special place in the world of wine. It is one of Respect for a family that has worked tirelessly to perfect how we can further our ability to taste many types of drink but especially that of wine. Riedel stemware is known the world over as being completely brilliant. It is also a family that firmly believes in designing and producing glassware to perfectly suit individual grape and wine styles. To emphasise this Maximilian Riedel spends a lot of his time touring the world with a quite fabulous roadshow. At these he presents, through interactive tastings, how to capture the very best...

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Orin Swift and Dave Phinney: The Very Best show art Orin Swift and Dave Phinney: The Very Best

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

we were very fortunate to have had a zoom podcast chat with  and the remarkable wines he has created, most notably under the label. Dave is a very busy man! So how cool was it to meet him in person in London and spend a further 30 minutes chatting. Very cool indeed! Orin Swift is one of the great wines from the Napa Valley in  California. Fruit expression in Orin Swift has been elevated to an art form. Just as well then that the labels Dave Phinney designs are among the funkiest and most personal in the world of wine. Orin Swift wines are collectable, age worthy and very, very...

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Olly's Farm Honey. show art Olly's Farm Honey.

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

I met Olly Nolan at the Gifted Fair in the RDS last Christmas. He was showing a range of honeys. I was captivated. Each honey had a captivating scent. Intoxicating even.  had taken me prisoner! Wine, Tea, Honey, Whiskey, Stout, and on and on can only stand out as being exceptional if they attack our senses in a visceral way. This should be immediate, lasting and memorable. I just had to find out more about Olly's Farm. I paid Olly a visit recently and we recorded in his Honey House up on the edge of the Dublin hills. What a view! My knowledge of bee keeping and honey production is, to...

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HEIMANN & FIAI : Winemaker Specialist in Hungary show art HEIMANN & FIAI : Winemaker Specialist in Hungary

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

In this podcast we talk with Zoltán Heimann whose family, , has a long and distinguished history of quality winemaking in the southern Hungarian wine region of Szekszárd - on the border between the Large Hungarian Plain and the beginnings of the Transdanubian Hills. Zoltán likes to refer to himself as the 'Kadarka Man'.  After this tasting and podcast I'll always be in his debt as knowing my Kekfrankos from my Kadarkas! Each grape is brilliant. Each is unique and completely different to one another.  This podcast was recorded at where Zoltán gave a masterclass food and...

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MASI and its 250th Harvest - Giacomo Boscaini of Masi Agricola show art MASI and its 250th Harvest - Giacomo Boscaini of Masi Agricola

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

It's a sobering thought to many winemakers that they work at companies and enterprises that, in many cases, are younger than they are themselves! For those lucky enough to work in wineries where age and tradition has seen decades upon decades of continual success they might only contribute to a very limited number of vintages.  It is very unusual that a family can trace its lineage back over 250 harvests. That's a very big number. 1772 - Captain Cook sets sail to find the Anti Arctic: Rutherford discovers Nitrogen gas: The American Revolution begins: The Boscaini family gather in grapes...

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Lusca: an Exceptional Irish Wine show art Lusca: an Exceptional Irish Wine

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Recently I met with David Llewelyn at his farm in Lusk, north County Dublin. It's a small holding where he grows a fantastic collection of fruits that include, pear, apple, cherry and grape.  It's also a business where David makes truly interesting products. Try his Perry (sparkling pear wine). It's really very good! David has a wine label called LUSCA. It's a collection of red wines and a new sparkling wine. They are genuine finds. In this podcast David tells us his story. Why does he not grow any white grapes? Where did his love of the RONDO grape come from? This a unique story where...

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I have been a long time fan of the work that Wine Intelligence does for the wine trade. It provides us with context and data. Both are vital to our understanding of how the trade works and where it might be heading to next.

In this podcast Richard Halstead, COO of Wine Intelligence, allows us to have a look inside his organisation. We hear how it goes about its work towards the three aims of conducting Research, supplying expert Consulting and writing in depth Reports.

As with all trades there are many back stories to the wine we buy and the wines we are presented with. The Wine Intelligence story is one of these - and it's a fascinating one.

Enjoy.