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Stretching the Legs in Frankfurt

group photo

The annual pilgrimage to the Apfelwein Weltweit Messe (Worldwide Apple wine Festival) in Frankfurt was dutifully attended last weekend. This is our 3rd return and as such we finally came prepared! Petty cash, signage and enough German speakers. Great Europeans the Germans might be but speaking anything other than...

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Flipping French Pancakes

egg, ham and cheese crepe

I hear it’s icy cold with wintery showers at home. Here in Caen, it’s a little less cold but the stuff falling out of the sky reminds me a little of the old sod. But how bad? To be in the world’s centre of pancakes for Shrove Tuesday! One...

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Flit to France

Sampling wine in the catacombs

Sometimes one has to make exceptional sacrifices for one’s passion. A quick client meeting in Paris obliged me to make a visit to Ackerman. Ackerman, a French business established in 1811, one of the giants in French wine making. It was primarily a fact finding mission, to visit one...

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Rearview & Beyond!

As the detox kicks into full swing after the gluttony of Christmas and suppliers commence their prospecting there is perhaps just enough time to dwell on the year past and the one ahead. 2016 – what a tumultuous year it was, Brexit, Trump, Assad ascendancy, strikes at home and...

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Road Trip 2016 (Part Two)

Gianluca Telloli is a native of the Aosta valley in the western Italian Alps. An oenologist by profession he has developed a passion for cider and in particular the revival of Italian cider. And so it was that after Gijon my next festival was to be at an altitude...

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Toffee Apple Cocktail

This recipe makes two cocktails, however it could be easily adpated to cater for a larger party. The Muldoon Whiskey adds a lovely twist to the mulled Stonewell cider. This is a cocktail that is guaranteed to warm you up on those cold winter nights. For the cocktail 2 shots...

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Road Trip 2016 (Part One)

Pouring cider

Despite the ongoing apple pressing, I sallied forth in late September to mainland Europe to attend two cider festivals whose previous generous invitations I had been obliged to turn down. Flying was out of the question as I needed to bring ample stock. So with my recently serviced 17...

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Worldwide Apple Wine Fair

It’s wind down phase after an intense 48 hours at the Apfelwein Weltweit Messe, or Worldwide Apple Wine Fair, in Frankfurt. Perhaps little known but in this region of Germany apple wine predominates in place of the normally ubiquitous lagers and weiss beers. The preference for apple wine is...

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Like Clockwork

Following hot on the tracks of the first pallet of Finnbarra/Stonewell to the country, I find myself in Zurich. A picturesque and intriguing city full of contrasting features. Household waste put out for collection on the incorrect day warrants a visit from the police and fly posters on signposts...

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Holland Calling

What a whirlwind. Yesterday started at 3.45 a.m. – off went the alarm clock to get me to Cork airport for the 6 a.m. flight to Amsterdam. Forty winks later and I’m meeting Raùl Henriquez, our Dutch distributor in the centre of the canal laden metropolis. Originally born in...

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