Wine: Irish stars of the wine world

A gathering of Ireland's wine geese would bring together producers from the oldest vineyards of France with the far-flung frontiers of the New World, writes Tomás Clancy.

13th April, 2013
A patch of Ireland in Provence: Domaine Des Anges in the Rhône Valley, which is run by Gay McGuinness and Ciaran Rooney.

Four years ago in California, I met Irish wine geese Jim Concannon and Jim Barrett, both of whom sadly died last month. In a small hut under the Californian sun, Concannon was clutching a bottle of his grandfather's Concannon D'Yquem.

He was talking about his return to the Aran Islands, from where his family had left for the US in the 1860s. He broke down thinking about all those who hadn't made it from his...

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