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Forjas del Salnés, Jancis Robinson

Spanish wine specialist, ex-sommelier at El Bulli and international wine judge, Ferran Centelles recently wrote an article on Salnés producers and their wines on He says he “had a chance to visit with Rodrigo Méndez of Forjas del Salnés. Méndez, working with Raúl Pérez, was instrumental in protecting the DO’s red wines, releasing the … Read More

Producer Profile, Domaine de Belle Vue

Having joined Winemason in April, I have the joyful task of tasting my way through the portfolio, one wine (sometimes more) at a time! A standout for me, so far, has been La Justice which sent me on a deep dive of Domaine de Bellevue and Muscadet.  Jérôme Bretaudau, a maverick winemaker from Domaine de … Read More

Hello Gredos, Nice to Meet You.. Again!

Nearly three years on from importing Vino de Montana and Cadalso from Peninsula Vinicultores, there is still no official appellation of origin for Gredos. In recent years, Gredos has received international recognition as a unique wine region, producing distinctive, almost Pinot-like Garnacha. We hope they will be given their own appellation soon, as nothing looks … Read More

The Volcanic Wines of The Azores

The Azores are an autonomous region of Portugal situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, around 1,450 km (900 m) west of Lisbon, and composed of nine volcanic islands: São Miguel, Santa Maria, Faial, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, Flores and Corvo. The islands were discovered between the 14th and 15th centuries. It is … Read More

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