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Jul 15, 2020

Bodega Santalba in the Rioja region of Northern Spain opens its web page with, '... the best grapes and the experience of previous generations comprise the formula to achieve the highest quality end product. Ancient Traditions and Modern Times. ..

In this podcast Roberto Ijalba, son of founder Santiago Ijalba ( whose name was shortened to Santalba), guides us through the region, his wines and his family tradition.

Ireland is a top 10 destination for the wines of Rioja. We love the styles of wine that Rioja has to offer. How does the local climate, soils, topography and local traditions in Rioja come together to bring us such a diverse range of unique wines?  Enjoy.

As with all our podcasts these days we recorded Roberto via Zoom to our home studio. Many thanks to our producer Justin Ecock in Toronto for his help in bringing the sound together. The bird chirruping in the background is all the way from Rioja! 

The wines of Santalba are distributed by Classic Drinks.


While all restaurants in Ireland were closed until recently many have now reopened. This is great news - Open Again! 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.