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Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Release Date: 05/23/2019

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

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

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

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

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

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

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!

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

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

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

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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Lingenfelder: A German Wine Star show art Lingenfelder: A German Wine Star

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Georg Lingenfelder has a rich history to draw from. His family has been making wine in the Pfalz region of Germany since 1520! Georg is the 14th generation of Lingenfelder winemakers. Have a look at the Lingenfelder history on their website . It's a captivating story. Georg visited the WinePod late last year at the O'Briens Wine Festival held at Dublin Castle. He told us of his family and their wines.  It's a great story and one that continues to evolve as Germany reaps the benefits of warmer summers. See for a listing of Lingenfelder wines available in Ireland. See our blog at for...

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In this episode Duncan Browne guides us through the world of the absolutely fabulous Gusbourne English Sparkling Wine

I don't usually use the phrase ' off the charts' with respect to high quality in wine - mainly because its actually quite a rare thing! Nevertheless, that's exactly what I thought on each of the three occasions I had to taste these wines. 

The Gusbourne vineyards are in Kent. They don't hold back with their ambition. its goes,'Our Vision is Simple. We Strive to Create the Finest Wines in the World'. 

Today the wines of Gusbourne are carried by more Michelin starred restaurants around the world than I have the time to list here! The Vision would seem to be working. The vineyards are immaculate. The wines are very impressive.

Listen here to Duncan as to how this impressive venture was born, why Kent and what is produced. It's a great story and really well told. 

Sorry about the background 'atmosphere'! But it was a great launch  ...