The wine trade is full of talk about the wines they stock, the producers they deal with and the travels that take them there. Little is ever said about the people who drive the sales and build the ever important relationships with their customers. At Tindal Wine Merchants whilst highlighting the fact that we are a family business, it is the word ‘team’ that is most important to us. We are lucky to have a group of dynamic, knowledgeable professionals who travel the country building relationships, enthusing about our wines and translating their passion to wine enthusiasts at the various events they host with hotels and restaurants nationwide. We can post all we like to Facebook, Twitter and our blog, but it remains true that the wine trade is somewhere that the best relationship is built through personal contact. This is what we endeavour to provide each day of the week, proud to have every part of the country covered by our team.
Question number one involved sporting activities; obviously it’s important to have the fitness of a cross country runner to keep the palate fresh and the pouring arm in shape! Those who stood out in these answers included Nigel who has a cap for Ireland in Croquet and in his own words is “currently psyching myself up for the Irish Croquet Championships at Carrickmines CLTC in the first week of August.” He is of course combining this with his love of wine and is hosting a wine tasting for the competitors on the Wednesday evening.. could this be a ploy to slow the opposition?! Anthony and William Tindal completed the 6km Warrior of the Sea swim around the shores of Strandhill, Co Sligo last Saturday. William came a very impressive 18th and Anthony (swimming in skin) completed easily for the third time in a row. James who claims he’s “too old” for rugby and competes in the odd triathlon, was nursing a sore shoulder on the sidelines: obviously didn’t want to show up the Tindal family in his first year with us! Declan must have a pretty effective dople-ganger around, as in his ‘free time’ he’s highly involved in happenings at Lakelands FC, as well as running amongst the vines in vineyards he visits. There is of course involvement in other sports and activities such as fishing which Anthony loves, throwing children around which is what keeps Pascal in shape and running – something that Richard has taken up of late (*note we don’t have an image of this just yet!)
Wine and food go hand in hand, when asked about their cooking there were some enthusiastic responses. It comes as no surprise that Pascal likes cooking all things French… there has been a distinct lack of frogs and snails in Clare since he arrived! When it comes to game, Willy is the man! A winter supper at his house involves a top class venison pot roast, which I can vouch is the best I’ve ever had. In line with his new fitness regime Richard is a man for the seafood; “the secret is freshness and simple cooking”. Nigel uses produce from his own garden to fill his pot. With 5 varieties of tomatoes, aubergines, 8 different types of lettuce, many beans and much more it’s not wonder that dishes such as “a classic marinated fillet of beef with a complex ‘Grand Veneur Sauce'” are produced from his kitchen! When it comes to ‘freestyle’ cooking Anthony takes the crown. His Christmas puddings are legendary and dealings with meat of any kind are always to a ‘T’! He even featured in an episode of an RTE series with Tom Doorley where he was filmed ‘jugging a hare’ for the pot at Markree Castle in Sligo.
Travelling to wine producing regions is a perk of the job when you’re in the trade. When quizzed about their favourite region answers varied from Margaret River in Australia (Willy) to the Douro Valley in Portugal (Declan). A lover of all things Italian, Richard spoke of the delights of Piemonte, when there’s an international dial tone come the end of October you can presume he’s snuffling truffles around the sleepy town of Alba or neighbouring villages. Having presumed that Nigel would be happy forever if you planted him on the lawn of a prestigious Chateau in Bordeaux with a glass of something garnet, it transpires that the region left the best impression (scenery wise) on him was Stellenbosch (though this could be a ploy to join our annual South African escapades in the new year ;-)). Burgundy is however safe at the top of his podium for now. Our men in the West; Willy and James are quite different in their choices: William loved the wildness of Margaret River (the surf will have whizzed this place up the rankings), while James (and his trusty labrador) favours the more formal surroundings of Bordeaux. Having lived there for six months the foie gras and fine wine must have left a particularly good memory!
Finally, when asked what the summer in Ireland holds for them, be it festivals or other events there was a variety of responses. The event of the summer for William is his wedding in Kinsale at the beginning of September, where he marries the lovely Holly, close to the sea and amidst a tide of Tindal wine! Pascal follows his nose (as all good french men do!) and will be visiting the Carlow Food Festival on 28th August where he’ll be hosting a wine tasting in the Step House Hotel and the Innishbofin Food Festival which is held on the first weekend of October: “it’s summer all year long in Innishbofin” according to Pascal! James, true to his roots will be hitting the Galway races hard, so any of you reading this who have any tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments box at the bottom of this post!
Here’s what the team are drinking this month:
- Anthony – Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2012
- William – Escarpment Pinot Noir 2010
- Declan – Dow’s 10 year old Tawney Port
- Nigel – Fernando de Castilla Fino Sherry
- Pascal – Janare Cru Lucchero Aglianico DOC
- James – Ramon Bilbao Limited Edition Rioja
- Richard – Cruz de Alba Crianza, Ribera del Doero 2010
*You may notice that we are missing some of our sales team – namely Billy Henchey and Damian Murphy. They’ll be featured in our next team blog which will open up any mysteries about the team in the office who keep the cogs moving in a smooth and efficient way.Google+