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Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Release Date: 04/23/2019

Laurent Miquel: Lanquedoc Magic show art Laurent Miquel: Lanquedoc Magic

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

In this episode we are joined by Neasa Miquel. Neasa is from Ireland and has worked alongside her husband Laurent to make the family estate in the Languedoc into one the finest of its kind. Visit their website. It's an informative trove about the Miquel estates and the wines of the Languedoc. This podcast was recorded via Zoom as Neasa (along with the rest of France) is in lockdown at the family farm. How are they coping? What are the wines that the Miquel label brings to us? How have they been so innovative over the years in championing Viognier, Syrah and Albarino from the south of France?...

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Marius Kotze of la Motte and Leopards Leap in South Africa show art Marius Kotze of la Motte and Leopards Leap in South Africa

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Clearly a few days can make a difference! I recorded with Marius Kotze ( and ) when he was in town just a few weeks ago. He was participating at his agents' () portfolio tasting. Brilliant event held at the Market Bar on Fade Street. Packed to the rafters with customers and filled with excellent wines.   This interview followed on from an earlier thirty minutes spent with Marius last year. . Our podcast today must, by the very nature of how Cophid19 has affected us all, be treated as a time capsule. Incredible three weeks. Marius told us today that,' We cannot sell in any channel in...

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Majorca Wine: Jose Gonzalez of Can Xanet show art Majorca Wine: Jose Gonzalez of Can Xanet

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There is no doubt that many island wineries will find it hard to 'tough it out' this year. Many depend on a tourist market to drink their wines. There are no tourists. Other's are totally dependent on export markets that have, for the time being, ceased to trade. And yet their grapes continue to grow, their vineyards continue to need maintenance and their families need to be looked after. Tough times. Recently the WinePod recorded a fascinating interview with Jose Gonzalez, owner and winemaker at .  We wish him, and his colleagues across the island, well. In this podcast we learn new...

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Prophets Rock in Central Otago: a Paul Pujol Winemaker Podcast show art Prophets Rock in Central Otago: a Paul Pujol Winemaker Podcast

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A Prophet on St Patrick's Day! A coincidence and a welcome one.   The world and the world of wine is packed full of great people and great stories. Right now as we battle against something we can't see and, hopefully, an enemy most of us will never feel we need to believe that what we have achieved to date is worthwhile and that we will be able to pick up the reins again in the near future. Keep Safe and Keep Well. is a winery in Central Otago on the South Island in New Zealand. It's winemaker is Paul Pujol. They make some of the finest and most natural wines in the world. Paul has...

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Springfield Estate: South African Treasure show art Springfield Estate: South African Treasure

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

The WinePod recently met up with Jenna Bruwer of - one of our MOST favourite wine estates in the whole world! Why? Honesty. Springfield is in Robertson, South Africa. The Bruwer family has been running the Estate quite simply for a very, very long time.  In this podcast Jenna tells us how they make their wines and why they are unique. It's amazing, for instance, to see how different the two Sauvignon Blanc wines (Life from Stone and Special Cuvee) are and then find that their grapes are grown so close to each other. It's equally fascinating to hear that the family loses the odd vintage...

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

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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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Gonzalez Byass: Tio Pepe and a Whole lot More! show art Gonzalez Byass: Tio Pepe and a Whole lot More!

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At the recent SuperValu Spanish Wine Sale Wine Fair I met up with Bernardo Hualde from Gonzalez Byass. Our 'studio' was a piece of a corridor. Thanks for putting up with me Bernardo!! In my head when I hear the name Gonzalez Byass I still think 'Sherry and only Sherry'. I also think Top Class, Quality and Tio Pepe.  Image shows wine journalist Leslie Williams attempting to hone his Tio Pepe venenciador skills at the SuperValu Spanish Wine Fair.  Nothing wrong with this other than its 'old thinking' and way behind the cue ball! Today Gonzalez Byass is, of course, but IS ALSO the...

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Casa Santos Lima: A Portuguese Wines Podcast show art Casa Santos Lima: A Portuguese Wines Podcast

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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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Vina Aresti from the Curico Valley in Chile: a podcast with winemaker Juan Ignacio Montt show art Vina Aresti from the Curico Valley in Chile: a podcast with winemaker Juan Ignacio Montt

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Chile is an exceptional country to grow vines in. Indeed, it is also the leading country of origin on our shelves here in Ireland and our brand leader (by quite a margin) is the Santa Rita label. Vine growing in Chile is mainly concentrated in valleys running away from the Andes towards the Pacific Ocean. Over time the unique characteristics of these valleys and their contribution to ripening grapes have been analysed and studied. This has led to Cabernet Sauvignon perfection from the Maipo and crisp Sauvignon Blancs from the Casablanca Valleys. It's a great story. Have a look at the web...

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Changyu Moser: Top class Wine from China show art Changyu Moser: Top class Wine from China

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Lenz Moser is an extraordinary and very affable winemaker. It has always been a pleasure meeting up with him. Lenz is an Austrian with a tremendous history of promoting Gruner Veltliner wines from Austria. For the past ten years, however, he has been making wine from grapes grown in the Ningxia province of China. The winery is called and lies just to the west of Beijing. Ningxia is China's premier grape growing region and Changyu is China's leading wine producer. The labels that Lenz brought with him to Dublin late last year (imported and distributed by ) were both Cabernet Sauvignon based -...

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Bibendum is one of the very best distributors of wine across the UK. Historically Gilbeys was THE best of the best in Ireland. As with everything time and economic developments have a habit of showing us that being the best is never an end in itself! Everyone these days, it seems, has to keep moving, developing and changing.

This month Bibendum launched a fascinating tie up with Gilbeys hereinafter (and forever?) to be called 'Gilbeys with Bibendum'. 

The new venture will allow Gilbeys to introduce a very wide range of wines and wine styles into Ireland with relative ease and little fuss.

Michael Saunders is CEO and founding member of Bibendum. He chats here with the WinePod about how he began Bibendum and more importantly what he sees the tie up with Gilbeys will bring to Ireland.

Great to see that our brand leader in Ireland Santa Rita is already handled by both Bibendum and Gilbeys.

As part of the launch WinePod couldn't resist having a chat with Lenz Moser from Austria about his work with Chateau Changyu Moser XV winery in China. He was showing both a red AND a white Cabernet Sauvignon from China - and they are very good indeed!

Finally we also spent a few minutes with Maria Otero of Adegas Galegas in Spain - how can we resist the wines of Galicia - ah, the grapes of Godello, Mencia and Albarino!! 

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