In Search of Celtic Salvation, An Authentic, Sustainable, Anti-Industrial Agriculture, Wine Wars and Mas Daumas Gassac Rebels.. and..The World’s Tallest Bridge

As the seven pillars of the tallest bridge in the world loom into sight above the clouds, it is impossible not to be more than a little bit excited. Around me cars all imperceptibly speed up as they see the first glimpses of the Viaduct of Millau, as if the bridge is going to disappear before we all reach it. The Canary Warf skyscraper, can … Continue reading In Search of Celtic Salvation, An Authentic, Sustainable, Anti-Industrial Agriculture, Wine Wars and Mas Daumas Gassac Rebels.. and..The World’s Tallest Bridge

Amarone, Napoleon, The PoMo Countryside of Venice and Italy’s Economic Resilence Measured In Trucks

Driving from the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Venice is not just one of the great car journeys of the world, it is also a revelation about the gross nonsense being talked about Italy as an economic sick man of Europe. Travelling through and to the wine regions of Europe by car and train I get to see, close up and in detail the state of … Continue reading Amarone, Napoleon, The PoMo Countryside of Venice and Italy’s Economic Resilence Measured In Trucks

Cooley Distillery, The Dodo and The Last Independent Irish Whiskey Distillery

The most interesting statement in the Press Release from Cooley and Beam Inc this afternoon in relation to the proposed acquisition of Cooley Distillery by Beam is i think this sentence –  “Cooley is one of only three sources for Irish whiskey, and the only independent player, so this transaction is a unique and compelling high-return opportunity to enter one of the industry’s highest growth … Continue reading Cooley Distillery, The Dodo and The Last Independent Irish Whiskey Distillery

Eleanor of Aquitaine, Teenage Queen Of France and The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Malbec

The twisted story of the Malbec grape is intertwined with the reputation of one of history’s most powerful women, Eleanor of Aquitaine, the only woman in history to have been both Queen of France and Queen of England. Malbec was, during Eleanor’s reign in the 12th century, the centrepiece wine of South West France. It was at the heart of wines from the three main … Continue reading Eleanor of Aquitaine, Teenage Queen Of France and The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Malbec

Chris De Burgh, Mouton-Rothchild Magnums (Picasso, Bacon and Warhol) and the rebirth of Wine as an Investment ?

  The case for investing in wine, in particular very good Bordeaux Fine Wines, received a huge boost with the seeming ease that Chris De Burgh’s well chosen wines / liquid investments were transformed into cold hard cash, at prices in many cases double the estimates. Perhaps when NAMA finish selling off the vast tracts of Land and Property that they have (if such a … Continue reading Chris De Burgh, Mouton-Rothchild Magnums (Picasso, Bacon and Warhol) and the rebirth of Wine as an Investment ?