Wine courses and wine tastings in Dublin city centre

We have finished up our summer wine tasting sessions and have an exciting line-up to kick-off Autumn.

  • THE BIG TASTING, 22nd September 2011

On the 22nd September ely is opening up its cellar doors to showcase the best the wine world has to offer.

Over 70 wines will be available for your tasting pleasure, covering everything from classic wines, hidden gems, staff favourites and rising stars from across the globe. Our expert suppliers will be on hand to answer all your wine questions for the duration of the evening.  We will also be showing ely signature cocktails and a selection of world  beers, ales and ciders.
Tasting: €20 per head

Email Michelle Lawlor at or cal 01 678 7867

  • WINE APPRECIATION COURSE, September and October 2011

4 Week Wine Appreciation Course runs on on Tuesday nights at ely winebar, 22 Ely Place. Topics include: red wines of the world, white wines of the world, sparkling, sweet and fortified wines, food and wine matching and understanding labelling. Each week we will taste 6 wines with  a retail value of €15-€50, serve a supper dish to match the wines and provide full course notes.

€160 per head

September  2011 Course: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
October 2011 Course: 11th, 18th, 25th, Nov 1st

For more details on all events for 2012 please click here or contact Michelle Lawlor at ely on 01 676 8986 or email  Details for all events can be found on our website.


Cahor steals the show

Our Wine Appreciation Course at ely winebar is in it’s 3rd week. The theme for this week – to everyone’s delight – was Red Wines of the World. At ely we like to take an alternative approach by showcasing wines that are slightly off the beaten track. The line up for this week proved a great success as we tasted our way across the globe. To compliment the food, Mark and Louis in the kitchen served up a delicious Duck Leg Confit with sautéed potatoes and a Frisee salad.

We opened up the evening with a delicious bottle of Pinot Noir from the Yarra Valley. The table was pleasantly surprised with how elegant and savoury the wine was. The following two wines were big American numbers, the Bogle  Zinfandel from California and Le Mision Cabernet from Chile. They had big expressive sweet fruit which went down swimmingly.

We then went down to the South West of France, the gastronomic capital, to experiment with some food matching: Cahors, the original home of Malbec, a St Emilion from 2003 and a Minervois made from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. It was agreed that they all tasted amazing with the meaty, juicy duck leg.

And the favourite? A unanimous decision: the Cahors with it’s damson and lavender aromas, earthy tones and more-ish finish. Argentinean Malbecs are good, French Malbecs are great!

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