2014 joining the dots

February - SISAB and a visit to Lisboa

In 2014 we started trading under a new name representing 17 producers who we already worked with. We added 7 more during the year bringing the total wines offered to just under 200. Our travels took us to Portugal, Austria, France, Germany and the UK. Ben’s highlights included appreciating top Gruner Veltliner at Vievinum and making progress in selling Spatburgunder. For Barbara it has to be passing MW theory exams. Happy New Year and many thanks to everyone who sold to us and bought from us, to the behind the scenes logistics companies and staff at the bonded warehouse. We look forward with enthusiasm and belief that 2015 will be a great year.


Portugal, SISAB (Feb)

Portugal, SISAB (Feb)


Birgit Eichinger at Prowein

Birgit Eichinger at Prowein (March)


March - Prowein and catching up with producers (Michael Moosebruger of Schloss Gobelsburg)

Prowein and catching up with Michael Moosebruger of Schloss Gobelsburg


March - Prowein (Theresa Breuer and Marcus)

Prowein tasting Breuer



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Extensive Port Tastings Porto (March)


MW Douro Port visits

MW Douro Port visits


Quinta da Vargellas a magical place

Quinta da Vargellas a magical place


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Drank a lot of white port and tonic



Spatburgunder tasting (May)

Spatburgunder month (May)


All set at L'Ecrivain

All set at L’Ecrivain dinner with Wagner Stempel


Oliver Muller of Wagner Stempel (at Clontarf Wines)

Oliver Muller of Wagner Stempel (at Clontarf Wines)


More spatburgunder

More spatburgunder



June - MW exams London

Barbara went to London for MW exams (June)


June - Vievinum Austria

While Ben went to Vievinum Austria


Vievinum and Gruner Veltliner

Vievinum and Gruner Veltliner


March - Prowein and New Producers, Finca la Emperatriz and Dorli Muhr Van der Niepoort (pictured)

and visited Austrian Producers including Dorli Muhr Van der Niepoort



Summer Break

Summer Break


Visit at Cres Ricards, Terrasses du Larzac, Languedoc

Visit at Cres Ricards, Terrasses du Larzac, Languedoc


Birthday lunch at Cote Mas, Montagnac

Birthday lunch at Cote Mas, Montagnac


World Cup Fever - Germany

World Cup Fever – Germany

 



July - on holidays at the Cave L'Ormarine summer party

The Cave L’Ormarine summer party


Loire doing some research (August)

August Loire doing some research


Spanish Trade Tasting introducing Mesta wines from Fontana

September Spanish Trade Tasting introducing Mesta wines from Fontana


September - Beautiful South Trade tasting, London, blown away by the quality of South Africa

Beautiful South Trade tasting, London in search of South Africa



Grapes grow in our garden (a rare occurance)

Grapes grow in our garden (a rare occurance)


At the Exchequer Ranelagh

At the Exchequer Ranelagh


September - lunch at the greenhouse

Lunch at the Greenhouse Restaurant


October - Out of the Blue Food Festival

October – Out of the Blue and Dingle Food Festival



Not everything is wine related

November


Beaune

Beaune


Hospices de Beaune Auction (with thanks to Bichot)

Hospices de Beaune Auction (with thanks to Bichot)


December DMZ South African Chenin and Syrah arrive ! More new things planned for 2015

December – DMZ South African Chenin and Syrah arrive ! More new wines planned for 2015