ely’s cookery course in Dublin: How to host the perfect dinner party

 

 ely’s cookery school – sharing chef skills

‘Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilised pleasures’ Michael Broadbent

Improve your culinary skills in 2012. Our cookery school teaches essential kitchen techniques and recipes used daily in our 3 restaurants, to bring the ely experience home. Our cookery course is one with a difference: we’ll not only teach you chef skills, award winning sommelier, Ian Brosnan, will do a food and wine matching lesson each evening so you can taste the perfect wines with the evening’s dishes!

From the beginning the ethos at ely has been simple: we want to serve good quality, simple food that works well with our wine list. Focusing on using locally sourced and seasonal produce in a creative and fun way, Ryan Stringer, our Executive Head Chef, will demonstrate how to prepare and cook a 3 course meal using the best of Irish produce.  Ryan will guide you through the process from sourcing the raw ingredients, preparation, timing and presentation of your dish. So whether it’s selecting the right cut of meat and doing it justice or mastering the art of the pastry chef, ely’s cookery school has something for everyone!

ely has always prided itself on its award winning wine list. After the demonstration, we’ll serve up the prepared dishes whilst Ian Brosnan, award-winning sommelier, presents the ideal white and red wines to serve with your food, explaining the principles of food and wine matching.

Wednesday 18th January:    Skillful Starters
Wednesday 25th January:    Main Course Perfection
Wednesday 1st February:     Delicious Desserts

Venue: ely bar & brasserie, IFSC
Time: 7pm sharp
Price: €45 per head, per night

Book for all 3 and receive a complimentary copy of ely’s cookbook.

To make a booking or for more information please contact wineclub@elywinebar.com or call 01 678 7867.

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Wine tasting in Dublin, September 2011

The BIG tasting, 22nd September 2011

Taste over 70 wines from across the globe at ely‘s BIG wine tasting.  Our February tasting was such a great success that we’ve decided to do it again. Experts will be on hand to guide you through the tasting and you can taste as many or as few as you like. We will also have a selection of artisan beers, ales and ciders at the tasting to get you in the mood for Oktober fest in Georges Dock. This is a great way to kick-start the weekend and a fantastic opportunity to taste some of the great wines of the world.

Tickets: €20
Venue: ely bar & brasserie
Time: 6pm and 8pm

Contact wineclub@elywinebar.com or phone 01 678 7867 to make a booking.

Wine Course in Dublin September 2011

Our Spring Wine Appreciation Course has now finished and there’s a troop of ely tasters who have newly acquired tasting skills that they want to put into practice.  What they truly enjoyed was moving away from their default wine like Rioja or Sauvignon Blanc and having the confidence to  explore the many varieties and styles available are on the market.

Throughout the course we tasted over 40 different wines ranging in price from €15-€45 RRP from all corners of the globe. We serve supper as part of the course, and always explore how the individual wines match the dishes each week to build up some first hand experience of food and wine matching.

We are taking a break for the summer and will start again in September. Please visit our website for more information and to book your place or you can email us on wineclub@elywinebar.com.

Customer reviews of the ely winebar appreciation course

I wanted to say thanks for a fantastic wine course.
The pace, content and atmosphere were all excellent.  You presented great information in a relaxed accessible way – a real pleasure.  I miss it on a Tuesday now! As my wife is from France, we typically stick to French wine bringing lots of French wine home from France.  So it was great to learn about good wines from elsewhere.
Enda McDonnell

I have been looking for some time to join a wine tasting course, something enjoyable and not exam focussed for an after-work evening…… From the outset, our host, Michelle Lawlor of Ely made a special effort to welcome the group and encourage suggestions and feedback on the various wines tasted over each night. At a minimum, we sampled 6 wines from various regions and different grape varieties per night. Michelle ensured to introduce us to wines which were not only good value but were something different and out of the ordinary selection that one might be inclined to choose or pick up in the local supermarket.
Ely’s wine tasting programme was exceptional, delivered on variety and extremely good value. Supper was provided and we were all very well catered for, including those of us who were vegetarian. We were introduced to many different wines and regions and I have come along way from my narrow selection of a Chablis, Sancerre or Rioja. Very enjoyable course and congrats to our host Michelle who really made a huge effort to welcome us and educate us on the various wines together with some great stories along the way. A great social event with a good mix of characters, we geled well together and can’t wait to sign up for the next course. Thoroughly recommend!!
Dee McManus

Rhone V Barossa: a wine tasting in Dublin

Last night  at ely we made some fantastic comparisons of Shiraz, Grenache and Viognier. The original idea was to compare only Shiraz, known as Syrah in France, from the 2 most iconic producing regions. However John McDonnell of Wine Australia came up with an inspired idea – let’s look at the iconic wines of Rhone, not just Shiraz, but Grenache – the master of Southern Rhone and Viognier – the lush white grape grown across the whole Rhone.

We chose contemporary Frenchies to compete against  traditional Aussies in a battle of the Rhone Rangers!

Viognier
Yalumba Y Series Vs Ogier Condrieu

Viognier is a lush white grape with a delicious oily texture , lots of alcohol and brimming with peaches, apricots and elderflower aromas. Viognier is a tricky grape to get right, it needs perfect ripening conditions, very talented viticulturalists and gentle winemaking. It is very difficult to pick a favourite between these two, largely because they fit into two completely different price brackets. The Y Series Yalumba is fresh, retaining all the delicious aromatics that can easily be lost for a Viognier at the entry price point. I, as well as most of the winetasters, were blown away by how much flavour and depth this wine had. The Condrieu on the other hand was stunning. Costing about €25 more in the shop than the Yalumba it wasn’t really a fair comparison. The Condrieu was golden in colour with savoury spices layered over the lush ripe fruit and oaky tones. Two delicious, too delicious…

 

Grenache
Domaine la Bouissiere, Gigondas Vs Henschke ‘Johann’s Garden’

Grenache – a real floosy of a grape! Grenache is a fairly easy grape to grow. It flourishes almost anywhere and produces wines that can be any thing from light,  juicy and alcoholic to dense, peppery and (yes) alcoholic. It’s just one of those grapes!! The key thing is to make a wine of elegance and restraint. Generally it is blended with Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault. This comparison was probably the most interesting of the evening. Henschke’s Johann’s Garden Grenache was from the 2004 vintage whilst the Gigondas was a much younger wine from the 2008 vintage. It was a tough one to call and again the Aussie’s totally blew my expectations: Henschke’s wine had all the characteristics of the a French wine with delicate fruit flavours, earthy spice and lots of herb characters whilst the Gigondas was much more robust and pronounced with lots intense flavours of cherries and liquorice. If we were to taste these blind we would be hard pressed to tell which part of the world they were from!

 

Syrah/Shiraz
Yann Chave Crozes Hermitage Vs John Duval ‘Entity’

Crozes Hermitage, like all appellations in Northern Rhone, is Syrah. Cote Rotie is the one exception having a good dash of Viognier in it to add perfume, but the likes of Hermitage, St Joseph and Cornas are pure Syrah. The Syrah produced in Northern Rhone is unlike those produced anywhere else in the world. They are dense and yet perfectly fragrant with herbs, spice and damsony fruit. Northern Rhone wines are for grown ups and Yann Chave’s Crozes Hermitage is just that. From the exceptional 2009 vintage it has a velvety mouthfeel, ripe tannins and fresh acidity. We served up assorted meat platters during the tasting which really complimented the fruit and structure of the Crozes. We teamed this up with John Duval’s ‘Entity’ Shiraz. John Duval was chief winemaker at Penfold’s for a number of years and 6 years ago he went out on his own. The results are stunning and the wine is so good that you just want to sit down and really savour the coffee and caramel spices layered with cherries, raspberries and plums.

Rhone Vs Barossa
It’s very hard to pick one region over the other but there was one standout wine for everyone – John Duval’s ‘Entity’ stole the show! It was ‘practically perfect in every way’!

 

ely is currently showcasing the best in Aussie wines with our ‘seasonal heroes’ promo. Why not enjoy a glass Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris or Pewsey Vale Riesling on the terrace of ely bar & brasserie in the IFSC. Yummy!

For more information on tastings and events please click here.

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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