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Why You Should Drink South African This Weekend, and Beyond

The timeline of the implementation and easing of restrictions in South Africa has been difficult to follow, but I will try to summarise it briefly (buckle-up) – An initial ban on alcohol exports and domestic alcohol sales was announced on 25th March. This was then lifted on 7th April, only to be reinstated on 16th … Read More

Going Back to Basics – Summer 2020 List

Never could we have anticipated that we would be designing and coordinating the updates to the Wine List 2020 via Zoom, WhatsApp, email, and phone call, from all corners of Dublin. It was an interesting and sometimes challenging task. The new list is more minimal in style and concise in content. We hope you like … Read More

Attack of the (Grape) Clones

The word “clone” for me immediately conjures images of Dolly the Sheep or a particular space movie franchise. However, grape growers have been selecting and cultivating grape clones long before the birth of George Lucas. Last year, I had the privilege of attending a masterclasses with Richard Kershaw MW, where he talked us through the … Read More

Wine à la Mason

What is it? Qu’est-ce que c’est? Wine à la Mason was an initiative we created as a team in response to the tumultuous trading conditions we experienced during the Covid-19 lockdown. We pre-selected and pre-packed mixed cases of wines at three different price points. All of the wines are imported solely by us, from amazing … Read More

Riesling By Choice

Our main list has over 30 Riesling, mostly from Germany. While Riesling is seen as a more eclectic choice, it can be made more interesting and easier to sell by taking different approaches – exploring regional differences or stylistic differences. Here is a very short shortlist (for us) of Riesling, helping you to understand the … Read More

Did You? Spit 2019

If pictures speak louder than words, this is a quick snapshot of SPIT 2019.

Starting the day off right, Ana pours a magnum of Gramona Corpinnat

Checking it twice

Vasco Croft of Aphros and Andreas Kubach of Peninsula talk orange

Forjas del Salnes, Rodrigo Mendez

Riesling was a hit, Cathrin from Wagner Stempel

Thanks for tasting

Thanks for the conversations

Time to reflect

Lean in

Thanks for the opinions

   

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Niepoort Vintage 2017 – One For The History Books

On 17 September we will be launching the Niepoort 2017 vintage with a tasting. Dirk Niepoort has declared his 2017 vintage port, hailing it as ‘the best wine I’ve ever done’ at a trade tasting at Lyle’s in London this April. ‘Even before harvesting the grapes this vintage looked perfect, yields were quite low, it … Read More

Putting Cérons Back on the Map

In a recent visit to Chateau de Cérons, it wasn’t only the wines that bowled us over. It was the charm of husband and wife team, Xavier and Caroline that really captivated us. They own one of the oldest cellars in all of Bordeaux. It was in Xavier’s family for centuries until 2012 when Xavier … Read More

How Do You Like Your Rosé?

We like ours organic and biodynamic. And we’ve met our perfect match thanks to our latest addition, MART, from Gramona. Gramona are admired as one of the finest makers of sparkling wine in Spain, they also make white and rosé still wines from Xarel-lo. All their wines are either certified Organic or Biodynamic. MART is … Read More

Turner Pageot Visit

It has been a fun and educating week in WineMason when Manu Pageot of Turner Pageot came to visit. For any potential winemakers out there looking to emulate the beauty in each of his wines, the finishing result of Emmanuel’s wines are nowhere near a stroke of luck or the result of some laissez faire … Read More