Category Archives: Nouvelles

Stretching the legs in Frankfurt

The annual pilgrimage to the Apfelwein Weltweit Messe (Worldwide Apple wine Festival) in Frankfurt was dutifully attended last week-end. 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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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 and 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 One)

group 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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Great Taste 2013!

Stonewell Cider’s Medium Dry Cider has been crowned Best Irish Speciality at the Great Taste Awards 2013.  Our best-seller, a blend of Dabinett, Michelin, Elstar, Jonagored and Falstaff apples, which are all sorted manually, milled, pressed and fermented separately, was joined in the final by our Dry Cider, and...

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Irish Food Writer’s Guild Awards 2014

We are delighted to announce that we have won the Irish Food Writers’ Guild’s inaugural Drink Award. The 2014 awards were presented by the guild at an industry celebration at l’Ecrivain Restaurant yesterday, 12th of March. The awards are supported by Bord Bia, who were commended by the Guild...

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Hot Press Best of Ireland 2014

Stonewell Cider has been named in the country’s Best of Artisan in the Hot Press Best of Ireland 2014 magazine. Best Of Ireland features a team of leading journalists’ top picks when it comes to the nation’s best pubs, clubs, restaurants, venues, hotels, festivals, events and much more. It is...

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Sabrage an Esterre – something special for your Valentine!

Sabrage an Esterre – something special for your Valentine! The long “dry” January is at last over! It seemed like those 31 days would never end but it was perhaps a healthy reaction to the excess of the Christmas period. Now we’re looking out across all the activities and...

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Out with the Old, in with the Old

Driving to work this morning I noticed wryly that a lot of the election posters had been replaced by those for a travelling circus. And so here we are 3 days after a general election in a total state of flux. For whatever the reason, tribal loyalty, dissatisfaction with...

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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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