Vineyards In Japan – An Expression of Solidarity

Reading this announcement I realised that the ongoing and slow-motion horror in Japan which has the world shocked and grieving for the millions affected, has even filtered through to Japan’s small winery business hundreds of miles to the south of Tokyo and our thoughts and prayers  in the greater wine community are with them too. FYI Japan has a small but alluring wine growing tradition … Continue reading Vineyards In Japan – An Expression of Solidarity

Pulling On The Green Shirt – Nationality and Wine

With the St. Patrick’s Day, a wine lover’s thought naturally turn to alarm at how quickly our national holiday has rolled around again, and of course the idea of pulling on the Green Shirt and seeking out Irish wines and maybe some Irish spirits. As I set off to root out those Irish wines, it quickly became clear that Ireland really is an idea, a … Continue reading Pulling On The Green Shirt – Nationality and Wine

Chablis, Where God and Darwin Collide

Chablis, Where God and Darwin Collide           Evolution and the nature of existence is not our usual reflection from wine, but in one spot in the wine world the enormity of the earth’s and mankind’s history bursts though into the air, the soils and the wine. In one spot, Evolution and Intelligent Design collide in a joyous creation. This is in … Continue reading Chablis, Where God and Darwin Collide

Beaujolais, a Nouveau Tale of Vinous Envy and The Despised Grape

Beaujolais, a Nouveau Tale of Vinous Envy and The Despised Grape In just around three weeks time on the third Thursday in November, the first bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau will depart Burgundy and head for the tables and shelves of wine shops and restaurants around the world. It is one of the most contrived and yet affecting, and commercially effective events of the packed wine … Continue reading Beaujolais, a Nouveau Tale of Vinous Envy and The Despised Grape

Gundpowder, Treason and Rot Or How I Learned To Love The Eiffel Tower, Scientific Wines and Sugar

Gundpowder, Treason and Rot  Or  How I Learned To Love The Eiffel Tower, Scientific Wines and Sugar While it may sound like something from a Dan Brown novel, in 1986 while performing the usual maintenance the Eiffel Tower, 72 names carved on to the four massive legs of the first floor, were revealed to the world. These huge carved panels of names formed a continuous … Continue reading Gundpowder, Treason and Rot Or How I Learned To Love The Eiffel Tower, Scientific Wines and Sugar

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