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Kevin Ecock talks wine, explores wine and tastes wine with experts from across the world of wine. This is WinePod.

Kevin Ecock talks wine, explores wine and tastes wine with experts from across the world of wine. This is WinePod.
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Kevin Ecock talks wine, explores wine and tastes wine with experts from across the world of wine. This is WinePod.






Angela Lewis of Villa Maria - New Zealand Excellence

Villa Maria is on every wine shelf across Ireland. It's a staple for restaurant lists. It's a label that delivers on a promise of consistent quality, value and excitement. Angela Lewis has worked with Villa Maria for many years now and shared her story and that of Villa Maria itself with the WinePod. It's a great story! Villa Maria is New Zealand's most awarded winery, is a member of New Zealand's 'Family of Twelve' and was this year voted the third Most Admired Wine Brand in the...


Giuseppe Rizzardi - Veneto Excellence

O'Briens Wines imports the Guerrieri Rizzardi wines from the Veneto region of Italy. The family history on their land goes back to 1678 - an incredible journey! The WinePod met up with Giuseppe Rizzardi, owner and winemaker, on his recent visit to the O'Briens Wine School at Donnybrook during which he presented a brilliant Amarone Masterclass (see and a comprehensive introduction to each of the wine styles of the Veneto. This recording has all the hustle and bustle of...


Nautilus Wines - New Zealand Treasure

I've always been a great fan of the wines from Nautilus on New Zealand's South Island. They seem to be perfect every time! For this episode we were privileged to be joined by Clive Weston of Nautilus Wines. Clive brought us to the heart of what makes this great family owned winery tick. Along the way we find vibrant, young to oaked and even aged Sauvignon Blanc wine styles. Pinot Noir makes a graceful appearance - THE ABOVE IS EXPLAINED IN THE PODCAST! Chardonnay and others are...


Leopards Leap from South Africa

This Episode of my WinePod explores the wines of Leopard's Leap from Franschhoek in South Africa. We were joined by Sales Director Marius Kotze. What a great range of wines Leapard's Leap is! I suppose it has to be as it's sister label la Motte ranks among the finest wines in the world. Both labels are represented on the Irish market by Classic Drinks. Marius guided us through the history of Leopard's Leap and its current wine offering. A real point of interest is the winery's genuine...


Robert Hill-Smith of Yalumba

Robert Hill-Smith is one of the great names from the Australian wine industry. He is the fifth generation in charge at the Yalumba Winery and has just been joined by the sixth - his daughter Jessica. Yalumba is a founding member of the prestigious Australia's First Families of Wine. Yalumba is a winery at Angaston in the Barossa Valley of South Australia. It is also a world respected label bringing us wines from the Barossa and Eden Valleys and Jansz from Tasmania. Everything from Yalumba...


SuperValu Spanish Wine Fair 2019

Irish supermarket SuperValu held a Spanish Wine Fair recently. It was fascinating because it broke many of the norms for a supermarket tasting. The WinePod spoke with SuperValu Wine Buyer, Kevin O'Callaghan, at the Fair. In addition we were joined by Felix Solis who showed us his la Unica whose every bottle has a unique hand-painted label and is a selection of the best wines from Pagos del Rey (Rioja), Olmedillo de Roa (Burgos) and Morales de Toro (Zamora). Extraordinary. Carmen...


Wicklow Way Wines

Pamela Walsh and Brett Stephenson showed their first Moineir Strawberry Wine at the Bloom Festival in 2016. It was an instant hit with a wide range of critics - food, wine and consumers! Quality, originality and passion. Today Wicklow Way Wines markets Strawberry, Blackberry and Raspberry Moineir Wines from a custom built winery at Newtownmountkennedy in County Wicklow, Ireland. I paid a visit to Pam and Brett and we had a chat about how their venture came about, how the wines are made and...


Julie Dupouy

I met with Julie Dupouy at the Santa Rita Wine Room at Monty's of Kathmandu in Dublin. We had a chat on what it takes to be a world class sommelier. Julie was the first woman to make to the final round of the world sommelier finals - that makes her the world's leading female sommelier! Along with the chat we managed to taste a Cypriot wine (Commandaria by Keo), a Sake (Shiraume Ginjo Umeshu by Akashi), the Zantho Beerenauslese from Austria and the Oloroso VORS by Barbadillo. Great chat....