Adventure Capitalisn – Gold, Diamonds, Zinc, Oil and Whiskey. The Cooley Bootleg Box Set Vol 1

Adventure Capitalisn – Gold, Diamonds, Zinc, Oil and Whiskey.   The Cooley Bootleg Box Set Vol 1 There were no signs, no hoardings, not even a hint that somewhere up this small lane heading into the hills on the Cooley Peninsular that you are about to arrive at Ireland’s only Irish owned whiskey distillery business, the Cooley Distillery. No indications of a distillery business, except of … Continue reading Adventure Capitalisn – Gold, Diamonds, Zinc, Oil and Whiskey. The Cooley Bootleg Box Set Vol 1

Are We Clear ? Getting Crystal Clarity On Glass, Totalitarianism, The Cathode Ray Tube, WW II And The Story of Wine !

Are We Clear ? Getting Crystal Clarity On Glass, Totalitarianism, The Cathode Ray Tube, WW II And The Story of Wine ! As humans we have been surrounding ourselves with melted silica or as we prefer to cal in glass, in one form or another for centuries, though drinking out it is a relatively late development. Certainly glass blades and spearhead, beads and broaches were … Continue reading Are We Clear ? Getting Crystal Clarity On Glass, Totalitarianism, The Cathode Ray Tube, WW II And The Story of Wine !

Harvesting Hope and The Myth of The Dignity of Labour

Millions are on the move. Right now in California and Spain, in Bordeaux and in Tuscany and across the northern hemisphere where it is now autumn, hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of pickers are now heading towards the world’s greatest vineyards and about to engage in the simplest but the most absolutely vital process in the creation of all of the worlds wines. Harvesting, picking … Continue reading Harvesting Hope and The Myth of The Dignity of Labour

Amigo Bob and The Orange Frog – The Story Of Zinfandel and the California Dream

“Well James decided to ring his friend Paul Dolan the winemaker over at Fetzer Winery because he had done everything the vineyard services company had told him to do and the vineyard now had every kind of disease. Paul said, James you’re doin’ this all wrong. You need to be organic. James said, yeah that’s what I need, I need to be organic. Come and … Continue reading Amigo Bob and The Orange Frog – The Story Of Zinfandel and the California Dream

Volcanic Wines or a Glance at Volcanoes, Wine and Rocks

Volcanoes have been getting a bad Press over the past few weeks, as endless plumes of Icelandic ash have thrown Ireland and Europe into air transport chaos. Well, its time for some balance, time to tell the other side of the Volcanic story, and in our story as you might guess, volcanoes are heroic figures determined to create some of the finest vineyards and wines … Continue reading Volcanic Wines or a Glance at Volcanoes, Wine and Rocks

Ghost Vineyards and The New Future Of Australian Wine

We know a great deal about the English and Irish heritage in Australia, a tale of exile, prison colonies, harsh dusty landscapes, sheep and cattle ranching and mining the outback. The traditional Australian wine story is intertwined with this picture from that Irish and English perspective, wealthy administrators, concerned medical types from Victorian London and of course plenty of rancher and farmers made good from … Continue reading Ghost Vineyards and The New Future Of Australian Wine

Burgundy And The Poison Cup

A sort of anyone but Manchester United malaise often seems to hang over Burgundy and Bordeaux these days in the international wine world. It often seems as if everyone is willing them to fail. Of course it’s their own fault, for decades, maybe even centuries these two regions dominated the wine world, perhaps in a haughty manner. This seems to bring out that innate desire … Continue reading Burgundy And The Poison Cup

The Struggle Continues in The Shadow of The World Cup – South African Wines

The sight of Brazilian footballers playing North Korea was almost as intriguing as the fact that the Brazilians were wearing layer upon layer of clothing for their opening night time game of this year’s South African World Cup. They were freezing, the crowd was freezing and as a light rain began to fall, the atmosphere resembled a mid winter match in Dublin. If we learn … Continue reading The Struggle Continues in The Shadow of The World Cup – South African Wines

A Proposal For An Irish Appellation Controllee System For Irish Agriculture, Food and Drink

AC systems promote the highest standards of quality production, traceability, sustainable techniques, promote jobs, safeguard them from imitations, but it is also an encouragement for evolution in the outlined foodstuff itself. An Irish AC system will establish this knowledge and show a national endorsement, indeed a pride, just as the French, Germans and Italians have for the produce of their Appellation d’ Origine Contrôlée protected … Continue reading A Proposal For An Irish Appellation Controllee System For Irish Agriculture, Food and Drink