The Secret Vineyards of Hidden France – The Splendour and Mystery of The Sud-Ouest & Midi-Pyrenees AKA The South West

  In France, they use the phrase, Sud-Ouest, not unlike we use the phrase, Gach Treo Eile on road signs, it is the shorthand for, everywhere else, or perhaps, all the rest of it. In simple geographic terms, the Sud-Ouest, or South West is all the land, south of Bordeaux, west of the Rhone that runs along the Atlantic Coast and hits into the giant … Continue reading The Secret Vineyards of Hidden France – The Splendour and Mystery of The Sud-Ouest & Midi-Pyrenees AKA The South West

St.Emilion – Ausonius’s PR, St.James, The Camino and The Invention of Wine Tourism

    And then, there is St. Emilion. Perhaps the most beautiful, certainly the most important and without doubt the best known wine village in France, indeed, probably the best known in the wine world. Along with Chablis and Chianti, St.Emilion is one of the oldest and most powerful brands in the wine world. Like most wine lovers, the first time I visited St.Emilion was … Continue reading St.Emilion – Ausonius’s PR, St.James, The Camino and The Invention of Wine Tourism

The New Spirits of Christmas – The Triumph of Irish Whiskey : Jobs and Presents Galore

           The New Spirits of Christmas – The Triumph of Irish Whiskey : Jobs and Presents Galore      While it always comes as a slight surprise to find out that you are now just one weekend away from Christmas, the incessant Christmas advertising, and the festive food-porn, that we have been surrounded by for the last two months, has surely … Continue reading The New Spirits of Christmas – The Triumph of Irish Whiskey : Jobs and Presents Galore

A Quick Global Survey of Horsegate Seems To Contradict Bord Bia’s View that there is Low Awareness Beyond UK and Ireland

“Awareness is very low outside the UK and Ireland and consumers connect this issue with only low-value meat products,” says Aidan Cotter, Bord Bia chief executive. “It is not seen as an Irish problem.” Reported in the Financial Times http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/494cc714-6df6-11e2-983d-00144feab49a.html#axzz2K0wVUNTG Comforting words, yet put othe words like say, Irish Beef, into what internet users would call, a search engine. Say for example Google. Then unfortunatley … Continue reading A Quick Global Survey of Horsegate Seems To Contradict Bord Bia’s View that there is Low Awareness Beyond UK and Ireland

Irish Beef’s Reputation Slaughtererd Live On ITV

OR A Frame by Frame view, of the consequences of Bord Bia,Department of Agriculture and Governmental Love Affair with ‘Big Food’ and ‘Processing’ at The Expense and damage of Artisan, unprocessed production The words, “34 Different Burger products Supplied By Irish”  firms booms out over the first two pictures while the words, Contaminated, Horse, Meat, DNA and Irish Meat producers lingers in the minds of … Continue reading Irish Beef’s Reputation Slaughtererd Live On ITV

Rioja : Wines From Lost Mountain Kingdoms and Forgotten Heroes   One of my favourite reads of the last decade was published just about a year ago this month, Prof Norman Davies, Vanished Kingdoms. It is the literary equivalent of luxuriating in browsing old maps which detail, as the book does, a forgotten Grand Duchy here, an ancient Visigoth Kingdom there. However the real pleasure … Continue reading