About a million years ago, when my now early teens were in nappies and we were just getting Curious Wines off the ground, I met Sam Brannigan at a wine tasting in Enniskillen. Sam was the larger-than-life manager at Blake’s Fine Wines in Derrylin and was as witty and acerbic as he was passionate about wine. A few years later he did a pre- #metoo blog post for us on the world’s most popular varietals, declaring Grenache a “schizo bitch” and Tempranillo the grape of “castanets and hairy arm pitted women”.
Sam followed me out of NI a couple of years later, settling in New Zealand and predictably gaining employment in the wine trade, so when he wrote to me last year telling me about his latest employ I was all ears.
Well how could I not check them out with those recommendations!
Introducing Kahurangi Estate and the wonderful wines of Nelson, New Zealand, from our inside man, Sam…
Sam on the Kahurangi wines
Sam on the classic varietals
Sam’s take on all the classic grape varietals from 2012 is here.