Ireland's answer to Normandy


They come from cork but not from bark. 
They come from trees, but not from marc. 
It’s wine of ice; not ice, nor wine. 
It’s port in spirit; not place nor vine. 

And thus they arrived on my doorstep, these curious riddles: an apple ice wine, and an apple port, from County Cork in Ireland. 

Sending an apple ice wine and an apple port into wine territory is pretty ballsy, especially as I’ve been trained by Julia Harding and the first thing I’m going to do is baulk at the terms port and ice wine and go down some technical...