Chris Hatcher – an inside track

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Wolf Blass President’s Selection is for many people, the wine of choice for special occasions. About fifteen years ago, Ireland drank more of this level than any other country in the world!  I was lucky recently to spend an hour with Chris Hatcher, the winemaker behind Wolf Blass for the last 25 years. In 2013 […]


Best of wine in 2011

3 glasses

Random reflections on wine in Ireland in 2011: WINE Most memorable wine of the year: Piper Heidsieck 1990 champagne, which I showed at a private wine tasting.  Its toasty maturity, delicate balance and length of flavour was remarkable. Best wine under €10: Domaine Caude Val Merlot, available from Molloys Liquor Stores. Most impressive wine at wine […]

Wolf Blass Black Label

Wolf Blass Black Label

My last few weeks’ wine courses have been devoted to explaining the importance of site in French wines.  Wolf Blass Black Label is a refreshing change from regionality, as the aim of this style is lush fruit.  The wines are selected from the best barrels of each vintage, and are primarily Cabernet & Shiraz.  The enormous […]