La Pinaleta Rioja 2012 Rioja Spain

Pinaleta RiojaCountry / Region : Rioja, Spain

Year : 2012

Grape Variety : 80% Tempranillo / 20% Garnacha / Mazuelo

Style : Warm, Spicy Red

ABV : 13 %

Drink By : 2017

The Winemakers

The Osborne – Osborne family have connections with the wine trade as far back as 1772. The company has privately owned estates in several quality Denominations of Origin in Spain including Ribera Del Duero, Rueda, Toro, Priorat, Cava – Penedes and Rioja. The company’s philosophy is a continuous study of the vineyards and their soil. The estates’ terrains are divided and the wines obtained are selected and treated individually at all times both during the production and ageing processes. They ensure that the result of this whole process is a unique reflection of the personality of the vineyards. This is how Viñedos Iberian was created with the aim of producing wines that accurately reflect the terrain and estate from where they originate.

The Wine

The grapes were obtained from vineyards of the Rioja town of Fuenmayor. After selecting them and its preparation proceeded to give them a new barrel aging and second year French oak for 1 – 2 months. The nose has aromas of fruits from the forest with soft spicy notes of its time in oak. The palate is wide and balanced with a palate full of ripe red fruit and an elegant aftertaste reminiscent of cherry liqueur cream.


Wine Alliance Featured in “De Paper”

Irish Examiner Logo Jan 2012Sincere thanks to Leslie of the Irish Examiner for a lovely writeup this weekend.

Very much appreciated.

For those of you who missed the article and are interested in reading all about it, the link to the article online is here and a copy is also available below, with thanks to the Irish Examiner

Leslie Williams Wine Article

Leslie is a great supporter of independant wine shops around Ireland and of the importers who try to bring in interesting and different wines. He took part in our series of “Bringing The WineGeese Home” tastings last year. The event was a great success and featured Leslie in conversation with and a tasting of the wines of Philip Grant of Chateau Bellevue La Foret and Neasa Corish Miquel of Laurent Miquel Wines.

Thanks again Leslie and look forward to seeing you at some of the upcoming wine events in Cork


Sherry & Tapas…..with an Irish Twist at Latitude 51

My good friends in Latitude 51 sent me on the following. It promises to be a fantastic event !


For all you Sherry lovers, we’ve an unmissable event lined up for you next Tuesday 4th March at 7.30pm. In association with Wines of Spain, we are delighted to welcome César Saldaña, President of the Consejo Regulador de Jerez to L’Atitude 51 for a sherry & tapas tasting. We heard Cesar speak in Ballymaloe a few years ago and he is a truly great ambassador for sherry given his passion and knowledge of this unique wine.

No longer the preserve of grannies at Christmas, sherry is emerging as a hip and trendy drink. Running from bone dry to tooth-tinglingly sweet, we think it’s possibly one the world’s best food-matching wines, so are relishing the opportunity to find the perfect tapas match for each sherry. And to shake things up, we’re putting an Irish spin on them.

There are a series of tie-in events being organized by Wines of Spain next week, which is sees a lot of exciting Spanish tastings taking place, so keep an eye out for them. http://winesfromspaininireland.wordpress.com  

Price for Sherry Tasting & Tapas €15pp. We’re running a special price of €12 for anyone who came to one of our February events (Speed Tasting, Cine Café or Whiskey Masterclass). Call us on 021 2390219 or email us on info@latitude51.ie if you’d like to attend.  


Beverley & Emma,

L’Atitude 51 Wine Cafe 1 Union Quay 021 239 0219


Wine Australia E-Newsletter


Wine Australia UK/Ire/Eu Director Yvonne May with Maurice O’Mahony and Jancis Robinson MW.

I was delighted to get an email today from Wine Australia with a link to their newsletter where they have a feature on the WSET Wine Australia Scholarship winners, including yours truly.

The award is given to the high achieving graduate from Europe and from USA / Canada so I was very honoured to win in.

No itinerary as yet but it promises to be a trip of a lifetime. Sincere thanks to Wine Australia.

Details of Wine Australia’s e-newsletter can be found here 


Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena at The Grain Store Ballymaloe House

Wine fans ! This just in from Colm in Ballymaloe. Another wine event thats not to be missed. I have booked my ticket. Meet two of the wine worlds true legends


Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley, California, at The Grain Store at Ballymaloe House, on Friday 7th February, 7pm. €18

We look forward to welcoming Bo & Heidi Barrett for a wine presentation & tasting

After the wine tasting, everyone is welcome to stay on for the screening of  the movie ‘Bottle Shock’, a film made about Chateau Montelena, which will be screened on the full theatre size screen in The Grain Store.

For further information, and to reserve places, please contact Colm 086 0859034 E-mail: colm@ballymaloe.ie


Ballymaloe House,

Shanagarry, Co. Cork, Ireland

 Tel: 00 353 (0)21 4652531



The Wine and Spirit Educational Trust Diploma Awards 2014


London’s Guildhall

The week got off to an amazing start on Monday when my wife and I headed off to London’s Guildhall for The Wine and Spirit Educational Trust Diploma Awards 2014 . An amazing venue with some incredible history dating back to the 1400′s. A really beautiful building outside and in

WSET 2013 Stage Awards 1

The Great Hall – well named !

Regina (aka Mrs WineAllianceMoz) was on crutches due to a broken bone in her left leg, the result of slipping on black ice while on an early morning run over the festive season. Well the WSET and the good people of the Guildhall were really incredible. They had a specially reserved seat for her during the ‘Tio Pepe’ Sherry reception in the Crypt and we were brought through the building in elevators and through private rooms so that she would not have to negotiate any stairs. Again she had a special reserved seat in the Great Hall for the awards ceremony. Real five star stuff. So a big thank you to everyone involved. Its really, really appreciated.


The Crypt

The awards kicked off at 6.30pm and were hosted by the WSET CEO Ian Harris. He was great and kept everyone entertained and on time for the 90 minutes of the ceremony.

The awards were presented by wine legend, Jancis Robinson OBE MW in her third and final year as Honorary President. Gerard Basset takes over and it was great to chat with him before the ceremony began. Its not everyday you get to meet someone who is a Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, Wine MBA and an OBE !

As we neared the end of the presentations, I was led on stage to accept the Wine Australia Scholarship from Yvonne May of Wine Australia and Jancis Robinson. A proud moment indeed as its awarded to the high achieving graduate from Europe (there is also one for the high achieving graduate from USA / Canada). The prize is amazing as it’s a two week visit to some of Australia’s wine regions and a chance to meet many iconic winemakers and taste their world famous wines. Its scheduled for October time so thats something to really look forward to.

guildhall 4

Must get a better zoom lens for the iPhone

We all retired to the drinks & canapés reception in the Library afterwards where a glass of Champagne went down a treat followed by a glass of white Burgundy and a chance to chat with fellow graduates and guests. It was great to meet with fellow graduate Tony Ambrosini from the USA as we had exchanged many wine study emails over the last number of months of our distance learning program. I was delighted to see him win a Scholarship also. It was a pleasure to chat again with David Bird MW and to get the opportunity to say hello to Michael Broadbent MW, author of 433 wine columns in Decanter magazine.


Tony Ambrosini, David Bird MW and myself enjoying a glass or two

I want to sincerely thank everyone who helped me over the last couple of years in my Diploma study. The studying was tough but I got lots of help from friends and family. Thanks to all my lecturers, tutors and my fellow Diploma students, both classroom and online. Thanks to Dermot Nolan MW for all his help and advice and to my online tutors for their help for the Unit 3 exams. Thanks to Owen Barritt of the WSET for keeping us all on track with our study. A big shout out to the Diploma tasting group in Cork for many, many Monday night blind wine tasting sessions and loads of help, advice and fun. Thanks to the many Diploma graduates for great advice and to my customers for their encouragement. If I’ve forgotten anyone, thank you. Sincerely.


The Wine Australia Scholarship

Most of all, thanks to my family, especially to my two daughters Rionna and Ciara and my wife Regina who put up with so much ‘study time’. I really couldn’t have done it without you.

Wine learning never stops, the journey continues . . .


London calling . . . .


Londons Guildhall

Suit is ready, shirt is ironed and I’ve even packed a tie. Heading off to London town on Monday to attend the WSET Diploma Graduation in London’s Guildhall. Not a shabby location at all ! :)

It promises to be a fine evening if previous years is anything to go on. Lots of the big names of the wine world attend so it will be great to meet and chat with some wine royalty.

The awards are being presented by Jancis Robinson MW so it will be great to meet her again after meeting her at the Ballymaloe LitFest in May last year where she gave an incredible talk and tasting.

Not a bad way to start a week !


Myself, La Regina (aka Mrs @winealliancemoz), Jancis Robinson MW and Beverly Mathews of Latiitude 51

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