Sinead and Liam Cabot run an excellent wine distribution business, Cabot and Co., in Westport, Co. Mayo They also run an excellent vineyard and wine production business, (Roka is the brand) in Slovenia. At one time they also operated an excellent wine store in the IFSC in Dublin. Clearly, while they are defined by excellence they can also be defined as a couple who are willing to travel the long mile to find it.
The recording for this podcast caught up with the Cabots just after they had driven 2,500kms to their vineyard. It is in Kog in the Stajerska region of eastern Slovenia.
We began with the obvious! How do you do it? Why? This quickly moved on to the history of their venture and finally the wines. What a great story. True passion. Genuine emotion.
‘Roka‘ means ‘Hand’ and the three wines that I have recently tasted are excellent, memorable and unique to their origin and production. The Cabot website has a fabulous piece on the vineyard and its wines written by Tamlyn Currin. Read it HERE.
Each of the three Roka wines, (white Laski Riesling and Furmint and the red Blaufrankisch) are sold in Ireland in select wine stores. They sell out every year.
While all restaurants in Ireland were closed until Christmas 2020 many reopened. That was great news – Open Again. Then we heard that they had to close once more – on Christmas Eve. Tough times, Tough times indeed. Here’s hoping for a more successful business environment in 2021. Hopefully after Easter? was the Hope. Now it’s likely mid June – outdoor dining only….
We should remember that many of these, including the wonderful Monty’s of Kathmandu, are family businesses. They are often small and brilliant and need our support more than ever. Keep Safe and Keep well.
Kevin Ecock’s WinePod is brought to us with the assistance of the Santa Rita Wine Room at Monty’s of Kathmandu – an excellent place to host your next event or celebration.
Contact Shiva at 01 -6704911 or HERE at the Santa Rita Wine Room web page.