• Cooley 4 In A Row

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    Cooley Champions of Europe 4 Years in a Row
    Cooley Distillery named European Spirits Producer of the Year for an unprecedented 4th Consecutive Year
    Cooley Distillery, the multi-award winning Independent Irish whiskey distiller, continues to set the standard for excellence in European distilling, as the company was named European Spirits Producer of the Year for the fourth year in a row at the International Wine and Spirit Competition’s (IWSC) Awards banquet in London last night.
    This latest accolade follows Cooley’s 8 gold medal haul at the IWSC in July of this year which brought the company’s total gold medal haul to 135 over the last 10 years. As European Spirits Producer of the Year, Cooley has claimed an unrivalled 37 IWSC gold medals for excellence over the last four years.
    The company which has distilleries in Co. Louth and Co. Westmeath beat leading distilleries Brennerei L. Psenner (Germany), Bodegas Williams & Humbert SL (Spain), THS Bache-Gabrielsen (Norway) and Machmyra Svensk Whisky AB (Sweden) to retain its European crown.
    Jack Teeling, Managing Director, commented, “To win an accolade such as European Spirits Producer of the Year once is hard enough but to win it four years in a row is unprecedented. Our continued success at International Spirits Competitions mirrors the continued success and strength of the Irish whiskey industry.
    Cooley Distillery wins European title fourth time in a row
    Jack Teeling, Managing Directer & Noel Sweeny, Master Blender.
    An investment of €6.5 million over the last 3 years in new stills, bottling equipment, warehousing and stock has allowed us to continue to innovate and expand our range of quality whiskeys.
    This latest success is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all our staff. It is a further ringing endorsement on the International stage of the quality and consistency of the whiskey being produced by Cooley.”
    The award was accepted on the night by Noel Sweeney, Master Distiller at the 42nd IWSC Awards ceremony at the Guildhall in London.
    To date Cooley has won the European Spirits Producer of the Year title four times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), been named World Distiller of the Year by the IWSC (2008) and honoured as 2010 Distillery of the Year by the Malt Advocate, the leading US whisky publication.
    List of Gold Medals at the 2011 IWSC  Gold Medal & Best in Class, Connemara Peated Single Malt Gold Medal & Best in Class, Connemara Turf Mór Peated Single Malt Gold Medal & Best in Class, Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Madeira Finish Single Malt Gold Medal & Best in Class, Lockes 8 Year Old Single Malt Gold Medal, Connemara 18 Year Old Single Cask Peated Single Malt Gold Medal, Connemara 12 Year Old Peated Single Malt Gold Medal, Kilbeggan 18 Year Old Blended Irish whiskey Gold Medal, Greenore 18 Year Old Single Grain Irish whiskey
    Notes for Editors
    About Cooley Distillery
    Cooley Distillery is the award winning independent Irish whiskey distillery. Established in 1987, Cooley takes its name from the location of its distillery, situated at the foothills of the Cooley Mountains, in Co. Louth. Cooley has an award winning portfolio of Irish whiskeys including Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Tyrconnell Single Malt, Connemara Peated Single Malt and Greenore Single Grain Irish whiskey. To learn more about Cooley Distillery visit www.cooleywhiskey.com.
    About International Wine and Spirits Competition
    The International Wine and Spirit Competition is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. All wines, spirits and liqueurs are blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage. Awards are made on a points system and sponsored trophies are presented in selected categories. Technical analysis is carried out on Gold, Gold (Best in Class), Silver, Silver (Best in Class) award winning wines, spirits and liqueurs to ensure that all products are technically sound and will be of the same high quality when they reach the consumer as they were when the judging panels originally tasted them. For more information visit: www.iwsc.net.

    Media ReleaseThursday 17th November, 2011Cooley Champions of Europe 4 Years in a RowCooley Distillery named European Spirits Producer of the Year for an unprecedented 4th Consecutive YearCooley Distillery, the multi-award winning Independent Irish whiskey distiller, continues to set the standard for excellence in European distilling, as the company was named European Spirits Producer of the Year for the fourth year in a row at the International Wine and Spirit Competition’s (IWSC) Awards banquet in London last night.This latest accolade follows Cooley’s 8 gold medal haul at the IWSC in July of this year which brought the company’s total gold medal haul to 135 over the last 10 years. As European Spirits Producer of the Year, Cooley has claimed an unrivalled 37 IWSC gold medals for excellence over the last four years.The company which has distilleries in Co. Louth and Co. Westmeath beat leading distilleries Brennerei L. Psenner (Germany), Bodegas Williams & Humbert SL (Spain), THS Bache-Gabrielsen (Norway) and Machmyra Svensk Whisky AB (Sweden) to retain its European crown.Jack Teeling, Managing Director, commented, “To win an accolade such as European Spirits Producer of the Year once is hard enough but to win it four years in a row is unprecedented. Our continued success at International Spirits Competitions mirrors the continued success and strength of the Irish whiskey industry.An investment of €6.5 million over the last 3 years in new stills, bottling equipment, warehousing and stock has allowed us to continue to innovate and expand our range of quality whiskeys.This latest success is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all our staff. It is a further ringing endorsement on the International stage of the quality and consistency of the whiskey being produced by Cooley.”The award was accepted on the night by Noel Sweeney, Master Distiller at the 42nd IWSC Awards ceremony at the Guildhall in London.To date Cooley has won the European Spirits Producer of the Year title four times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), been named World Distiller of the Year by the IWSC (2008) and honoured as 2010 Distillery of the Year by the Malt Advocate, the leading US whisky publication.ENDSAdditional Information:Jack Teeling +353-1-8332833Managing DirectorCooley DistilleryList of Gold Medals at the 2011 IWSC  Gold Medal & Best in Class, Connemara Peated Single Malt Gold Medal & Best in Class, Connemara Turf Mór Peated Single Malt Gold Medal & Best in Class, Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Madeira Finish Single Malt Gold Medal & Best in Class, Lockes 8 Year Old Single Malt Gold Medal, Connemara 18 Year Old Single Cask Peated Single Malt Gold Medal, Connemara 12 Year Old Peated Single Malt Gold Medal, Kilbeggan 18 Year Old Blended Irish whiskey Gold Medal, Greenore 18 Year Old Single Grain Irish whiskeyNotes for EditorsAbout Cooley DistilleryCooley Distillery is the award winning independent Irish whiskey distillery. Established in 1987, Cooley takes its name from the location of its distillery, situated at the foothills of the Cooley Mountains, in Co. Louth. Cooley has an award winning portfolio of Irish whiskeys including Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Tyrconnell Single Malt, Connemara Peated Single Malt and Greenore Single Grain Irish whiskey. To learn more about Cooley Distillery visit www.cooleywhiskey.com.About International Wine and Spirits CompetitionThe International Wine and Spirit Competition is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. All wines, spirits and liqueurs are blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage. Awards are made on a points system and sponsored trophies are presented in selected categories. Technical analysis is carried out on Gold, Gold (Best in Class), Silver, Silver (Best in Class) award winning wines, spirits and liqueurs to ensure that all products are technically sound and will be of the same high quality when they reach the consumer as they were when the judging panels originally tasted them. For more information visit: www.iwsc.net.

  • Paper Wine Bottle

    Paper Wine Bottle

    GreenBottle, the company behind the product, is in talks with a leading supermarket chain and says the eco-friendly bottle will be on the shelves early next year.

    The paper bottle weighs a mere 55g, just over a 10th of the weight of a 500g glass bottle, meaning transport costs will be hugely reduced.

    In addition, the compostable bottle’s carbon footprint is 10% of that of a glass bottle.

    GreenBottle already manufactures the world’s first paper milk bottle, which is being tested in select Asda stores and is proving popular with ethically minded customers.

    “Where available, they are outselling milk in plastic bottles by two or three to one,” said the Suffolk-based inventor of the bottle Martin Myerscough, who created the product after a waste tip supervisor told him plastic bottles were the biggest problem in his job.

    Myerscough has retained the wine bottle shape in an attempt to reassure consumers. “We can be more radical, but we don’t want people to be too scared about it. If we are going to change consumer habits, we need to lead them along gently,” he explained.

    The bottle features a similar bag to that found in wine boxes so the drink is kept fresh. “All you need to do is rip out the plastic lining and put the paper outer-casing in the bin or on the compost heap.”

    The intention is to sell the technology to companies, allowing them to build bottling plants next to their manufacturing sites and cut down on transport times. The current machinery is capable of producing 50 milk bottles a minute and is patent protected.

    Gerard Basset MW MS OBE, owner of hotel TerraVina in Hampshire, is all for the product, but doesn’t see a future for it in the fine wine sphere: “If the packaging will save time, money and is better for the environment, why not? But I expect it will only find favour with commodity wine. I can’t imagine it will ever take off for fine wine.”(15/11/2011).

  • Californian Wines

    CALIFORNIAN WINE TASTING

    for

    THE IRISH GUILD OF SOMMELIERS

    Hosted by Justine Adam, Wines of California

    Delivered by Liam Campbell, representing the Tasting Committee

    at The United Arts Club

    21st November 2011

    Chardonnay 2008, Scott Family Estate

    Arroyo Seco, Monterey County 14% €14.99    @ Select independent off-licences

    Classic Californian sunshine in a glass: tropical fruity aromas of pineapple core and papaya.  The honeyed tones suggesting super ripe fruit was harvested.  The mid-palate echoed the luscious fruit and in a creamy smooth texture induced by lees-stirring. Well-balanced acidity, subtle oak seasoning and a very long finish. The buttery character is derived from the malo-lactic fermentation.

    Background Note: A Dijon clone of Chardonnay is used in his new American Viticultural Area (AVA): Arroyo Seco, classified as Zone ll (the coolest being Zone l (coastal) and the hottest being Zone V.  Premium quality wines are associated with Zones l, ll and ll.

    Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Beringer Vineyards Stone Cellars

    Napa Valley 13% €11.99   @ Independent off-licences

    A youthful ruby colour with very little fading at the rim.  Pale in intensity.   Ripe and youthful primary soft berry aromas.  Fresh acidity and very gentle tannins. Secondary jammy blackberry fruit on the mid-palate.  Light-bodied and in an approachable easy drinking style.  Medium length and ripe blackberry finish.  A good example of a quality entry level Californian Cabernet.

    Zinfandel 2008, Beringer Vineyards Founders’ Estate

    Napa Valley 13.5% €15.95 @ Independent off-licences

    Youthful appearance of ruby colour with medium intensity.  “Boiled Sweets” aromas from fermenting at low temperatures to preserve fruity scents.  Dark fruity flavours with a little more structure than the Cabernet.  Lively, vibrant acidity. Long length with a spicy note on the finish.  Mellow and gentle style of Zinfandel.

    Background Note: Zinfandel’s ancestors are the Primitivo from Italy’s Puglia region and a Croatian varietal: Crljenak Kaslelanski.

    Zinfandel 2007, Rutherford Ranch

    Napa Valley 15% €19.99 @ D6 Wines, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W; The Hole in the Wall, Blackhorse Ave, Dublin 7; Cellars Big Wine Warehouse, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 and The Parting Glass, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow.

    Deep ruby colour and very viscous, highlighting the powerful alcohol level. Intense aromas with a “dusty” fruit character, typical of Rutherford, reflecting the AVA’s terroir.  An abundant super-ripe earthiness, harmonious and very well integrated alcohol  into the vibrant fruit flavours.  A well structured wine, stylish and with character and a very ong lingering mellow finish.

    Background Note: from the Rutherford AVA one of over 13 in the Napa Valley.

    Ménage à Trois 2009, Folie à Deux Winery (Zinfandel, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon)

    St. Helena, N. Napa Valley 13.5% €9.99 – €10.99 @ Independent off-licences.

    A halo of purple-blue on the narrow cerise rim of the wine suggesting a wine very early in its evolution.  Initially, a little volatile acidity on the nose, which disappeared quickly.  Concentrated ripe fruity aromas. A good structure supports the fruit burst of ripe dark berry flavours spiced plums and blackcurrant fruits.  Very clean and pure flavours.  A long length to this gentle and refined style which will have a broad appeal.

    Pinot Noir 2006, Clos du Val Estate

    Carneros, S. Napa Valley 13.5% €26.99 @ O’Brien’s  off-licences

    The wine’s maturity is evident o the appearance – tawny russet reflects and a broad garnet rim.  Complex and mature multi-layered bouquet displaying initially, lean redcurrant and raspberry fruits.  Complimented by subtle smokey aromas from 12 months aging in French oak barrels.  A slight vegetal development evolving underneath.  Distinguished and very stylish  pure fruit flavours are harmoniously integrated into he excellent and well-balanced structure.  Refined and smooth silky texture.  Classic Pinot Noir.

    Background Note: Carneros AVA stradles Napa Valley and Sonoma at the southernmost part of Napa at the mouth of the valley.  Cold air from the Pacific are sucked into Napa, producing a cooling influence, ideal for cool-climate loving Pinot Noir.

    Tasting notes: Liam Campbell & Mary O’Callaghan.




  • Californian Wine Tasting

    The Irish Guild of Sommeliers Tasting

    A Wine Tasting hosted by Justine Adam of Discover California Wines took place on Monday, 21st November, 2011 at 5.30pm at the United Arts Club, 3, Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, 2

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