Ireland Day 1: A smooth start

Traveling with Ellen & David


Our week in Ireland got off to a great start!

Everything in the travel to Dublin worked out perfectly. Having recently been granted Global Entry status, we also got TSA PreCheck, so we went to a separate security line, didn’t have to take off our shoes, belts and jackets nor take our our liquids. Ellen had bought a couple of passes to United’s lounge off of eBay, so we could relax there before the flight. Our plane was 1/2 an hour late because of “airport conditions.” We thought that meant something at Dulles, but learned from the captain later that the delay was because Dublin couldn’t handle our plane if we arrived early.

We were in regular economy class, but had decent legroom. The plane took off about 11:00pm EDT. We both fell asleep and it was breakfast time before you knew it. We landed around 10:00am Dublin time, got…

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Winemakers Dinner with Emma Cullen @ ely wine bar

Winemakers Dinner with Emma Cullen of Cullen Wines, Margaret River, Western Australia.

ely wine bar is delighted to announced a wine tasting dinner with Cullen Wines, not just Australia’s finest winery, but one of the very best in the world. Australian pioneers of Biodynamics, their vineyards are certified Carbon Neutral and naturally powered. Their philosophy is admirably straight-forward “ quality, integrity & sustainability”.

We are delighted to have Emma Cullen– niece of winemaker Vanya – hosting the evening, talking and tasting us through her family’s wines, including the outstanding Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot, and Kevin John Chardonnay, both considered the finest examples of their kind in Australia.

The evening will take place in ely wine bar on Thursday 15th May, and the wines will be matched with a fantastic three course menu highlighting the very best of Irish produce.

Tickets for this amazing evening are strictly limited.

Date : Thursday 15th May Venue : ely Wine Bar, Ely Place, Dublin 2

Time : 7pm Price: €75


Cullen Wines, Margaret River, Western Australia

Cullen Wines, Margaret River, Western Australia – Lovely vineyards

Castell d’Encus Tharlan 2010

From Costers del Segre in the far north east of Spain, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, at an altitude ranging from 800-1000m, Castell d’Encus is making extraordinarily elegant wines. From the intense Ekam Riesling, the refined Cabernet based Quest to the almost Pinot like Tharlan which is in fact 100% Syrah. Grown at 1000m in cool conditions and fermented in rock vats and stainless steel and then aged in French oak, this is a very subtle and restrained Syrah.

The site was first established by monks in 1100 and since identified for its outstanding potential given the high altitude, meaning less problems of high sugar levels and low acidity in the grapes, and also better development of flavour and aromas. The Tharlan is bright and ripe, without being over the top. This is an exciting new style of Spanish red.

Press Reviews: 95 points, Robert Parker’s ‘The Wine Advocate:

image“The brilliant 2010 Thalarn is a pure Syrah that is partially fermented in rock vessels and stainless steel and aged in barrel for 10 months in 70% new oak. It has an incredibly intense bouquet of small black cherries, cassis, blueberry and a touch of peppercorn that is very well-defined, but extremely primal.

The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins and a satin-like texture. It possesses outstanding focus and precision plus wonderful minerality and clarity towards the finish that exudes finesse, handling the new oak so that you barely notice it. This is an exceptional Syrah that should age magnificently.”

Exclusive to ely wine bar in Ely Place.

We’ve just received 3 cases of this superb wine and it’s highly unlikely that we will see it again in Ireland given its limited production and international acclaim. You won’t find it anywhere else in Ireland and if you like the subtleties of Burgundy and the flavours of the Northern Rhone then this is a wine for you.

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Italian Icons Wine Tasting at Ely CHQ

The Vine Inspiration

Ely Winebars don’t do things by half really. So it was no surprise that when they chose to take on ‘Italian Icons’ as the theme for one of their regular Thursday night tastings, they went all-in and poured wines from the length and breadth of the country – from Piedmont to Sicily with stops off in Veneto, Fruili-Venezia-Giulia and Tuscany along the way. Their able accomplices for this tasting were Liberty Wines , perhaps the only importer with Italian portfolio capable of fulfilling such a broad brief. Ian Brosnan from Ely and Ben Reynolds of Liberty Wines were on hand to talk us through the wines.

We started with Pieropan Soave Classico Calvarino 2010. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that when it comes to Pieropan’s two single vineyard Soaves – La Rocca and Calvarino – that I’m firmly in the Calvarino camp. Not that you have to choose one of…

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ely wine tasting evenings April / May 2014

alsace Italy rhone

Each week a guest speaker will present a selection of wines from the given region and we’ll serve up a supper dish to match.
All wine tastings take place at ely bar & brasserie and start at 7pm sharp.

Thursday April 17th – Wines of the Northern Rhone
The wines of the Southern Rhone may be more recognised- Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cotes du Rhone etc. – but anyone in the know will tell you that all the excitement is up North. Sensational whites, many of which remain just below the radar for most of us, are matched by outstanding reds- this is the spiritual home of Syrah! This is undoubtedly a ‘fine wine’ region, producing some of the greatest wines in France, without ever reaching the astronomical price tags of some other French region. It is a wine lovers dream!
Register now for wine tasting & supper €45

Thursday May 22nd – Alsace
This is quite possibly the most interesting and varied white wine producing region in the world. Home to a wide range of grape varieties, many with the potential to produce wines of Grand Cru status. Add to that some of the world’s greatest sweet wines. However, Alsace still suffers from being misunderstood, much the same as Germany. While there are many Germanic influences, the wines of Alsace are utterly unique and deserve your utmost attention!
Register now for wine tasting & supper €45

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