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Independent thought

The new-look online version of the Irish Independent (no subscription or sign-in necessary) knows where to find me, and once again I have been asked to answer some questions about business blogging because not so many non-tech companies here have a blog yet. You can see the article here at SiliconRepublic. I should just point out in my defence that I do say stupid things, apparently while sounding serious, quite a lot, and can't just switch off the guff because I'm talking to a journalist. So Marie very faithfully transcribed my flippancies.

You might get rather less nonsense out of me where the wine is concerned. I say this as a supporter of Examiner wine correspondent Blake Creedon's 'no to irrelevant and hifalutin' wine talk' campaign. There's a strong chance we'll hear a bit of it this morning though, as a selection of wine people are getting together for another one of Wine Australia (Ireland)'s special tastings in Cork. Wine journalist Mary Dowey will be leading the charge towards some roses and Rieslings from Australia. More on this later, if there's time.

OK Here's the update.
A great time had by all, thanks to the seamless organizing of John McDonnell of Wine Australia. Four rosés and ten Rieslings were informally and knowledgeably presented to us by Mary Dowey in a tutored tasting, and then a very sociable lunch ended the occasion. Them as were invited were heading off afterwards across the river Lee to the Clarion, where James Nicholson were showing their wines for the afternoon, and I know that one or two hardy souls were planning to rejoin John and Mary at Jacques restaurant in Cork later on this evening for further enjoyment of Australian wines at the inaugural dinner of the Cork Bacchus Supper Club. Australia tasting Riesling and roseAustralia tasting glasses

On the left here, you can see us all hard at work; and on the right, a typical pre-slurp place setting. By the way, if you've come to the blog because of the article today, I'm sorry about the links that don't work &c. We've just moved the blog to our own website and there are still some t's to cross and i's to dot. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

6 thoughts on “Independent thought”

  • Lorraine@italianfoodies

    Hi. I'm a blow-in from the article and you're mentioned in food and wine this month too. I'll be a regular lurker from now on, would love to know more about wine and the industry!!

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  • Julian

    Hello Lorraine! Thank you for joining in. I might go mad and buy a copy of Food and Wine for my journey to the London trade fair tomorrow. Please let me know if there's anything you'd like me to write about in particular.

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  • Lorraine@italianfoodies

    Hi Julian. It would be great if you could write a little piece on Italian wine so people could get a better understanding of what wines go better with pasta, fish etc. I could link it through my site because I haven't a clue unfortunately!!

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  • Julian

    I might try to get around to that, even though there's already plenty on the web from much more knowledgeable wine people than I am. I could use our own wines as examples, though, in a more general piece about Italian wines. All you really need to know is if it works for you, and there's only one way to find that out... but I agree some help with where to start is useful. And of course the link would be nice.

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  • Lorraine@italianfoodies

    Ya that sounds great! Most people won't search the web, I know I never have! Let me know wheh you get around to it and I'll add the link. Thanks a mil!! Sorry for the stupid question but how does it work, do you sell direct to the public or to the trade?? Are your wines available in Limerick??

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  • Julian

    (Sorry not to reply sooner - I'd forgotten that Wordpress has a very predatory spam trap that needs supervising.)

    Hi Lorraine, in short: we sell direct to the public online and through our shops here at the Marina Commercial Park and at the English Market, both in Cork; indirectly to the public through a handful of specialist shops (good offies or delicatessens &c.); and a good deal to the on-trade, ie restaurants. I think our stockist nearest to Limerick is Jayne's Off-Licence in Ennis, though her shelves are full of good wines and there's room for only a few of ours. If there's someone we ought to be selling to in Limerick, drop me an e-mail or ring me and I'll unleash the sales force.

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