Soil to Glass Master Class

Rose wine by a roaring fire at Knockranny House Hotel, Westport

Wine Tasting day with Cabot Wine at Knockranny House Hotel, Westport


The journey into the world of wine, once commenced, grows in pace, knowledge and interest. Those that hold but a little wine knowledge can be as useful as master sommeliers in terms of their honesty of palate, their description of the juice still not preconceived, still raw and unbiased.

As with most things, wine is a personal choice and a personal taste, that said, there are some truly stand out wines that rejoice and reflect the wonders of nature.

It was interesting to see one the exhibitors show an image with his different bottles of wine sat above the type of soils their vines are grown in. The link between the soil and character of the wine was really clear, one of the whites I tasted was an entry level wine that had a saltiness to it due to the soils it was grown in. Another interesting observation was a Spanish grape that was half white, half red.

I look forward to my continuing clamber amongst the branches of wine and delving into its roots. Join me for updates, event details and further blog posts here on The Gallery blog.

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”Ernest Hemingway

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