Cookery Classes in Dublin 2012 at ely bar & brasserie

Our line up of cookery classes with wine and food matching continues for 2012!

March

Wednesday 14th: Forgotten Favourites €49 per head
Why not treat your mother to a night of forgotten favourites in Irish cooking, where we put a modern twist on the recipes you grew up with!

Tuesday 27th: Perfect Easter Sunday Dinner €49 per head
Our Executive Head Chef will demonstrate how to cook the perfect 3 course Easter Sunday Dinner for all the family, and our award winning sommelier will taste you through the ideal wines to serve with it.

April
Tuesday 3rd >> Easter chocolate delights
€45 per head
Our expert pastry chef, Montacer Mansour will teach you how to create those mouth watering chocolate desserts, that will have your friends and family owing and aahing!!

Tuesday 24th >> cheese and wine matching €45 per head
Ian Brosnan, our sommelier will present an evening on the tricky task of pairing cheese and wines, focusing on what works best, and why!

May
Tuesday 8th >> superfoods, super bodies €45 per head
Some foods are so good for you they are classified as ‘super foods’. In this cookery class we’ll take a look at the super food category and teach you some delicious and interesting recipes for them.

Tuesday 15th >> play date perfection €45 per head
How to entertain the little ones and parents without stress! Healthy quick bites for all, with of course a lesson on ‘what wines we love’ by Ian Brosnan, for the Big people only!

Tuesday 29th >> summer dinner party €49 per head
This excellent class on selecting, preparing and cooking fish is ideal for those who would like to gain some confidence in cooking with fish in the kitchen. We’ll also give you a lesson on the matching wine with fish and fish based dishes.

Ryan Stringer - ely Head Chef

June
Tuesday 5th >> BBQ night €49 per head

With both the Euro finals and the Olympics this summer, our BBQ class is the perfect way for you to prepare for a summer of entertaining friends at home! Our class will include preparing meat, fish, vegetables and marinades for the BBQ to give you the wow factor, followed by super wines for a summers evening.

July
Tuesday 4thUSA night €55 per head

Thought America was only famous for beef burgers? Think again! At ely’s USA night we’ll teach you a repertoire of fun and funky dishes from across the American continent, we’ll finish the evening off with a lesson on American wines and beers.

Venue: ely bar & brasserie, IFSC
Time: 7:00 sharp

To make a booking or for more information please contact Ian cookclub@elywinebar.com, call 01 678 7867 or visit our website.

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Wine tastings and wine courses in Dublin 2011

Just a quick update on upcoming events

April Tastings

April 13th  – The Malbecs of Argentina and France
April 20th – New Zealand
April 27th – Barossa Valley v Rhone Valley – Shiraz on 2 continents.

Summer Wine Tasting Sessions

25th May: Summer Rose
1st June: Summer Whites
8th June: Summer Reds
15th June: Summer Sparklers
22nd June: Organic and Biodynamic Wine – tasting the difference

Visit our website for more details or contact Michelle Lawlor at 01 678 7867 / wineclub@elywinebar.com

Wine Tasting: Sauvignon Blanc’s of the World and many more!

The Old World v New World tasting took place last night in ely winebar.

24 enthusiasts arrived at 7pm delighted for the excuse to learn and, ahem, drink delicious wines on a Monday evening! Start as you mean to go on was the motto as Michele Jordan introduced the white wines of the evening.

WHITES
First up we looked at a grape native to Sardinia and Corsica but grown across Tuscany called Vermentino. Poggiotondo Bianco, made by the very talented winemaker Alberto Antonini is bright and zippy with delicate floral hints. The perfect summer wine! We compared this to it’s Aussie counterpart  a Vermentino grown in McLaren Vale. McLaren Vale is tempered by the sea breezes and produces wines with real finesse. Mitolo Vermentino is no exception. At 10% alcohol and light in body it is extremely refreshing, as a drink in its own right and as a wine style coming from the hot climes of Australia.

Round two was a comparison of Sauvignon Blanc from Australia, New Zealand and France. Everyone at the tasting had tried many a Sauvignon Blanc but couldn’t hide their delight at comparing the 3 key styles. Sancerre is an appellation in Loire, France that produces the archetypal Sauvignon Blanc: lean and focused with great minerality and green fruit whilst the Delta Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough jumped out of the glass with its tropical fruit aromas and brilliant intensity. Australia’s interpretation was easily the winner of the evening. Made in the Adelaide Hills by Shaw and Smith, it was definitely one of the stars of the evening. Restrained and elegant with a  full creamy texture and appley fruit aromatics. It sat perfectly in between France and New Zealand. Unusual for an Australia to retain all the subtle aromatics of Sauvignon Blanc and the tasters couldn’t help but be enamoured by the whole package.

REDS
The red flights included Pinot Noir from Australia, France and New Zealand and an extremely interesting comparison of Sangiovese made in its home town of Chianti, Italy and also in Heathcote, Australia. Interestingly there was no clear favourite in either comparison. Domaine Lafarge ‘s Volnay was the lightest in body with savoury aromas and dark cherries, New Zealand’s offering was Delta’s Hatters Hill Pinot. I have tasted this wine many a time and last night it was truly delicious. The 2008 vintage has really come out of its shell with yummy fresh summer fruit and undertones of spice. Yummy YUMMY. The last in the flight was Shaw and Smith’s Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills. Denser in colour and driven more by sweet fruit than savoury spice it is the most full-bodied of the three.

Most people love the taste of Chianti without ever knowing what the magic ingredient is that makes it so delicious – the grape Sangiovese! Widely grown across the Tuscan hills it produces wines with cherry and raspberry aromas, herbaceous tones, refreshing acidity and ripe tannins. Good Chianti is a wonderful thing and we experienced two delicious interpretations last night. Poggiotondo Chianti Superiore and Greenstone Sangiovese. My preference is for the richer, full bodied Aussie number which had aged well with soft fine tannins and lots of fruit whist other liked the softer and more delicate Italian one.

Just a quick update on the next session of wine tastings!

April Tastings

April 13th  – The Malbecs of Argentina and France
April 20th – New Zealand
April 27th – Barossa Valley v Rhone Valley – Shiraz on 2 continents.

Summer Wine Tasting Sessions

25th May: Summer Rose
1st June: Summer Whites
8th June: Summer Reds
15th June: Summer Sparklers
22nd June: Organic and Biodynamic Wine – tasting the difference

Visit our website for more details or contact Michelle Lawlor at 01 678 7867 / wineclub@elywinebar.com
Thanks for reading!

Stockists for the wines are as follows!

Stockists

Mitchells, Glasthule & IFSC

Fallon & Byrne, Dublin 2

Jus De Vine, Portmarnock

Red Island Wine Co, Skerries

Sweeneys, Glasnevin

64 Wine, Glasthule

On the Grapevine, Dalkey

Drinkstore, Manor St

Next Door, Enfield

Callans, Dundalk

Red Nose Wine, Clonmel

Redmonds of Ranelagh

Terroirs, Donnybrook

Donnybrook Fair

Corkscrew, Dublin 2

Celtic Whiskey Shop, Dublin 2

The Vineyard, Galway

World Wide Wines, Waterford

Wine tasting in Dublin – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Burgundy

On Wednesday night at ely winebar we tasted through some of the great wines of  Burgundy with Conor Richardson of Burgundy Direct.

We looked at 5 wines from the region: 2 white and 3 red to illustrate the value and style available from the region.

  1. Bourgogne, Jean Grivot, 2007 (Rouge)
  2. Macon Solutre ‘Les Clos’, Domaine des Gerbeaux 2010
  3. Pouilly Fuisse, Domaine des Gerbeaux 2009
  4. Vosne Romanee ‘Bossieres’, Domaine Jean Grivot 2006
  5. Gevrey Chambertin, Christian Serafin 2003

Conor proposed an interesting tasting order – Starting first with a red rather than the whites! Why? So as not to attack our palate with the acidity, but rather to caress it with silky tannins and gentle red fruit. It was a stroke of genius –  Jean Grivot Bourgogne is from the commune of Vosne Romanee  and makes the perfect aperitif. The 2007 vintage is beautiful in youth with elegant fruit aromas of red and morello cherries, strawberries and raspberries. Conor assured us that it was the perfect way to relax after a hard days work.

Macon Solutre 'Les Clos' 2010

After our aperitif we began the tasting. Fresh from the vineyard, our tasters were some of the first people to take a look at the 2010 vintage of the Macon Solutre from Domaine Gerbeaux.  The white wines of Macon are made from Chardonnay and generally have bright, simple fruit, fresh acidity and are unoaked. The Macon Solutre was absolutely stunning and a real crowd pleaser. Unoaked, elegant and brimming with minerality it has great intensity and depth of lemony citrus characters, ripe apples and melons. It was the surprise of the night. Whereas the Macon Solutre is unoaked with lovely apple characteristics, the Pouilly Fuisse oozes with rich, creamy oak and tropical fruit. Not for the faint hearted this Pouilly Fuisse has lots of body and depth with layers of sweet and savoury oak. Pouilly Fuisse certainly offers exceptional value for money for those who like robust Chardonnay.

Jean Grivot Bougogne

The red wines of Burgundy are made from 100% Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is notoriously difficult to grow, disliking hot weather and susceptible to rot, it takes a lot of work in the vineyard and crafting in the winery to make these sumptuous sweet, earthy wines.
Vosne Romanee produces elegant, delicately perfumed and fragrant red wines and the Jean Grivot ‘Bossieres’ 2006 is no exception! Light in colour and body it has layers of red fruits, spice and earthy tones with a deliciously velvety mouthfeel – this was one of the favourites of the night! We then moved on the Gevrey Chambertin 2003 from Christian Serafin. 2003 was a very hot and difficult vintage. The crop was half the normal size due to dehydration of the grapes.You have to be a very skilled winemaker to produce a good wine in such extreme conditiond and Christian Serafin has done a great job.  The vintage conditions lead to a robust full-bodied Pinot with very concentrated ripe,  fruit flavours.

Vosne Romanee

Although everybody had their favourites, what the tasters really enjoyed was the opportunityh to taste 3 reds from the same region and the same grape variety that varied greatly in style!

If you would like to know where you can buy any of the delicious wines mentioned  or any other greats from Burgundy please contact Conor Richardson at info@burgundydirect.ie.

For more information on up coming tastings please visit our website or contact Michelle Lawlor on 01 678 7867 or wineclub@elywinebar.com

Thanks for reading!

Wine tasting in Dublin: a Masterclass in Europe v the Southern Hemisphere

Wine Masterclass
New World v Old World

On the 11th April ely bar & brasserie will present a masterclass in global wine styles featuring guest speaker Michele Jordan.

Michele Jordan has worked in the wine trade for over 20 years and represents some of the world’s most highly acclaimed winemakers. Through the evening Michele will talk us through the key differences between Europe, Australia and New Zealand, explaining why Europe looks towards Australia and New Zealand for emerging styles and why Australia and New Zealand are starting to emulate their European counterparts.

Ever wondered why wines from the Southern Hemisphere taste so different from those of Europe, or why New Zealand now rivals France on world class production of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The masterclass will feature 4 flights including a comparison of Sauvignon Blancs from Australia, New Zealand and France, Pinot Noirs from Australia, New Zealand and France and look at Italian varietals emerging from Australia!

Ticket price: €45
Date: 11th April 2011
Venue: ely bar & brasserie, IFSC
Time: 7pm

1ST FLIGHT
2009 Poggiotondo Bianco, Tuscany

Alberto Antonini, Poggiotondo's winemaker

Alberto Antonini, Poggiotondo's winemaker

2010 Mitolo Vermentino, McLaren Vale

 2ND FLIGHT
2010 Delta Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc
2010 Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills

2009 Sautereau Sancerre, Loire

 3RD FLIGHT
2008 Delta Hatters Hill Pinot Noir, Marlborough
2008 Shaw & Smith Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills
2004 Domaine Lafarge Volnay, Burgundy

4TH FLIGHT
2008 Poggiotondo Chianti Superiore, Tuscany
2007 Greenstone Sangiovese, Heathcote
Greenstone Sangiovese

For more information or to book your place please contact Michelle Lawlor on 01 678 7867 or email wineclub@elywinebar.com.

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