08 December 2014

Why We Drink.

Why? It is often an excellent question, so fine in fact, I doubt we really bother to ask ourselves it all that much. I've been having a bit of a figurative toss about with the idea of 'cultural exchange'. So much so, I thought for a tasting I'd been asked to host, maybe this big eponymous 'why' question might just be an interesting way to frame the tasting. Well, it turns out I was rather wrong about it being a novel idea to frame a tasting with actually. The tone was something much more low key. But, in the spirit of interest, in the closing minutes as everyone swirled their favourite glass, I asked. "Why?"
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@Rob_Gilmour has been writing for Empty for too long to mention, he is currently working in wine in Edinburgh where he runs @Wine_Edinburgh and somehow has found time to be Vice-President of the @IWSScotland. Being a balanced, multifaceted individual Rob's only interest in not wine, he is also interested in wine education as well having passed with distinction his WSET L3. If you'd like to contact him email: emptyglassie@gmail.com 

19 November 2014

An Empty Place


I suppose Empty can mean absence for a number of reasons. One being something akin to Captain Jack Sparrow wondering where his rum has gone, the other something with much more gravitas. That 'something' for those of us involved in the blog over the years has emerged to be the latter, joining the plethora of young people leaving Irish shores in search of opportunity, feeling stifled and undermined. We have left a country empty of a generation. Not the first time it has happened. This is in no small way reflected in Irish independent trade and  in wine, beer and spirits culture.

Three of us have unsurprisingly left for the United Kingdom, the rich history in the wine trade might have something to do with that. However the economic turmoil left behind has had its affect on the wine trade globally. The following is some brief thoughts on where we at The Empty Glass have come from and where we have found ourselves.

08 November 2014

Bottle Age


Things are changing here at empty. We've both left for the UK and despite our émigré sense of entitlement, we're hardly the Irish wine blog we use to be. We know! With all our, at times ham handed, wading in on matters for the Irish wine trade we had you fooled too. Well, no longer, it seems the world of wine has really opened it's doors to us, dragged us away and right now we'd be foolish to say no to it all. This is just a change that time passing demands I suppose.   
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@Rob_Gilmour has been writing for Empty for too long to mention, he is currently working in wine in Edinburgh where he runs @Wine_Edinburgh and somehow has found time to be Vice-President of the @IWSScotland. Being a balanced, multifaceted individual Rob's only interest in not wine, he is also interested in wine education as well having passed with distinction his WSET L3. If you'd like to contact him email: emptyglassie@gmail.com 

07 October 2014

Smoke and Substance; Pietradolce, Archineri, Etna Rosso 2008



As the dust settled and the smoke cleared, it was confirmed. The other half had sped off into the distance and popped over to the Emerald Isle. I, the abnormally big child, was home alone for the weekend. That meant wine. I reasoned, what better way to spend time than being bowled over by a big fire breathing red. So, knocking off work nice and early on Saturday I had only one burning question; what wine was going to get my weekend alone flowing?

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@Rob_Gilmour has been writing for Empty for too long to mention, he is currently working in wine in Edinburgh where he runs @Wine_Edinburgh and somehow has found time to be Vice-President of the @IWSScotland. Being a balanced, multifaceted individual Rob's only interest in not wine, he is also interested in wine education as well having passed with distinction his WSET L3. If you'd like to contact him email: emptyglassie@gmail.com 

29 September 2014

Empty and Full; The Stop, Start Nature of Empty


[Hey there folks, we are having some issues with Empty on Wordpress, so just temporarily I will get this up here - Rob]


It’s been a long time since I’ve written in a way reminiscent of my old prolific empty self. There are a million excuses I could make as to why, but, very simply it boils down to one factor; passion. I have been working in ‘wine’ retail for quite a while now and if there is one thing I am certain of it is that there is a negative correlation between the amount of £6 wine one sells and your passion for wine. Thankfully, I am finding, there is a two step remedy; acceptance and focusing on the good wine in life. This leads me to writing this post; I have been really complacent with this passion of mine and I think it’s about time I start writing about it again.

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@Rob_Gilmour has been writing for Empty for too long to mention, he is currently working in wine in Edinburgh where he runs @Wine_Edinburgh and somehow has found time to be Vice-President of the @IWSScotland. Being a balanced multifaceted individual Rob's only interest in not wine, he is also interested in wine education as well having passed with distinction his WSET L3. If you'd like to contact him email: emptyglassie@gmail.com 

16 May 2013

All Roads Lead to Rioja


Being lucky enough to give a wine tasting in a delicious tapas bar in Naas recently (@lasrada) I decided to go with Spanish wines. Seems kind of a no brainer or dare I say it predictable. The day that the writing and/or logic as to how and what we write on this blog becomes predictable I will personally send the Empty Glass to the proverbial farm.