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Category:Winemakers

by Traci Gates | September 30, 2018
It’s Grape Harvest Time! It is a long voyage from grape to glass. The grape harvest is the first step in this complex journey of making an enjoyable wine and the last step in a year’s worth of hard graft and soulful management of each precious vine. For any winery, it is the busiest time of year, […]
by Sam Logan | May 14, 2018
Priorat Wine at Finca Mas D’en Gil   In terms of international esteem for Spanish wines, those from Priorat DOQ are unfairly overshadowed by the wines of the bigger and more well-known La Rioja DOC. There’s no doubt that Rioja deserves every bit of its popularity, but Priorat is the only other region with Spain’s […]
by Sam Logan | April 24, 2018
Cava Wine at Cellar Carles Andreu Cava, the sparkling Spanish wine that rivals Champagne, is a modern name for a style of wine that has been produced in Spain for centuries. When we visited our Cava producer, he explained the history of Cava and what makes his Cava Wine so special. It was still morning […]
by Sam Logan | April 10, 2018
Gifts for Wine Lovers: Wine Explorers Club So, you know someone who loves wine, and you want to get them a present they’ll love. First of all, don’t get them decanters, wine racks, fancy stoppers, or any other wine gadgets. Chances are they’ve already got all the equipment they need to enjoy wine (i.e., glasses […]
by Sam Logan | December 13, 2017
Today we make the last visit to the vines before Christmas. We’re stopping by Bordeaux to find out how our favourite Bordelais winemakers celebrate Christmas. There’s oysters, apple pie and a lovely tradition with the company that makes the barrels Chateau Hautes Segottes is aged in.   Chateau Thieuley In the Courselle ‘s family, we […]
by Sam Logan | December 13, 2017
We catch up with two of our winemakers from Burgundy to hear what the Christmas festivities are like in one of the heartlands of French winemaking. As you might expect, all the food the winemakers mention is tailormade for Burgundy wines. Various molluscs feature prominently on both Christmas menus. While oysters are popular at home in Ireland, […]
by Sam Logan | December 11, 2017
In the southern hemisphere, Christmas happens right in the middle of summer. A white Christmas does sound picturesque, but a Christmas BBQ in shorts by the pool sounds way better to me! From barbequed lobster to “monkey’s tail eggnog, not forgetting the amazing Carmenere and Malbec wines, it all sounds fantastic. I think my future […]
by Sam Logan | December 11, 2017
Our Portuguese winemakers Quinta do Crasto and Bodegas Fillaboa tell us how they’ll be spending Christmas this year: plenty of sweet treats, seafood and, of course, fantastic wine.   Quinta do Crasto “Christmas traditions in Portugal and Douro are above all about family! It is common to celebrate around the table, on the 24th with Bacalhau […]
by Sam Logan | December 5, 2017
As we saw yesterday, Italy has a wonderfully diverse and completely original way of celebrating the festivities – as Alessio Cartone says there are “20 regions, each one with their own tradition”. We spoke to 2 of our Italian wineries, Ciu Ciu Vini and Villamedoro, about what they usually do and how they’ll be spending […]
by Sam Logan | December 5, 2017
Christmases in other countries can be very different from the traditions we’re used to. Even somewhere as nearby as Italy has a really diverse and completely original way of celebrating the festivities. We spoke to 2 of our Italian wineries, Balestri Valda and Bidoli Vini, about what they usually do and how they’ll be spending […]
by Sam Logan | November 29, 2017
Christmas in the southern hemisphere is a little different, but the most important things are still there: family, food, and great wine!   Coriole “Christmas for our family starts with Carols on Christmas Eve with friends and neighbours. Christmas morning is Champagne, fresh prawns, croissants, new season cherries. We then generally hit the beach before […]
by Sam Logan | November 28, 2017
Cesar Langa produces fantastic wines to Organic standards under the Langa and Senorio de Ayud labels. We Caught up with Cesar to find out what Christmas means to him Bodegas Langa Christmas in Spain gets off to a rather peculiar and unofficial start on Dec. 22nd when children from San Ildefonso School can be heard […]
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