So the first ely Big Tasting of 2014 is finally upon us!

Thanks to all of our brilliant suppliers, along with many of the ely favourites, we have some wonderful new wines, craft beers and ciders for you to taste.

ely_Big_TastingDon’t miss the new Romanian Pinot, or the sparkling wine from Hungary. Try the Ballyhook flyer or Stonewell ciders alongside some of the finest of Irish cheeses, or the organic smoked beef from our family farm matched with some great craft beers. There will also be a fantastic selection of wines from France, Spain, Italy, Australia, Argentina, USA and beyond.

Bar manager at ely gastro bar, Barry Rowan will be plucking out some of his favourite Irish and International craft beers from ely gastro bar’s range of over 50 craft beers.

Don’t forget to make sure you get the chance to taste the Nyetimber- an English sparkling wine that rivals many a Champagne for quality.

However, the purists among you can rest easy- we’ll have some Champagne superstars there too! It’s looking like it’s going to be a beautiful day- come join us on the terrace for a glass of bubbles before, or a cleansing craft beer after!

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Grapecircus @ Sheridans
Gruner Veltliner Arndorfer, Austria 2011
Edalo Blanco Contreras Ruiz 2012
Rosso Piceno Vigna di Gino San Lorenzo
Rosso di Monteraponi, Tuscany
Chianti When we Dance, Il Palagio 2012
Barbera Conterno Fantino, Piemonte 2011
Tenuta di Aglaea ‘N’anticchia’ Etna Rosso, Sicily 2009

Benziger Merlot, Sonoma Valley 2010
Benziger Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley 2012
De Martino Legado Chardonnay, Chile 2011
De Martino Organic Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2012
De Martino Legado Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Paparuda Pinot Noir, Romania 2012
Paparuda Pinot Grigio, Romania 2013
Taittinger Nocturne Champagne
Warres Otima 10yr Tawny port

Nomad Wines
Lombeline ‘Sauvignon Blanc’ Loire Valley 2012
Lucien Crochet ‘Le Chene’ Sancerre 2012
Domaine Chavy-Chouet Meursault ‘Vireuil ‘2010
Chateau de Leyguette Bordeaux 2011
Domaine Hauts Blanville ‘Peyras’ Coteaux du Languedoc 2010
Simon Bize ‘Les Perrieres’ Bourgogne 2009

La Goya’ Manzanilla, San Lucar de Barrameda
Rafael Palacios ‘Bolo’ Godello, Valdeorras, Spain 2012
Ch. La Grolet, AoC Bordeaux, France 2010
Domaine Moureau, Madiran, France 2010
Acon Roble, Ribera del Duero 2011
Bodegas Ponce ‘P.F’ Manchuela, Spain 2010
Bodegas y Vinedos Gancedo ‘Xestal’ Bierzo, Spain 2007

On the Grapevine
Verus Pinot Gris, Slovenia 2012
Waltner Gruner Veltliner, Austria 2013
Kiryianni Petra, Greece 2013
Kiryianni Ramnista, Greece 2010
Les Hauts de Montforts, Minervois, France 2011
Degani Amarone, Italy

Wicklow Wine Company
Gruner Veltliner HASEL, Birgit Eichinger, Kamptal, Austria 2012
Riesling trocken, Wagner-Stempel, Rheinhessen, Germany 2012
Vinhas do Lasso Branco , Lisboa, Portugal 2011
Spatburgunder, Wagner-Stempel, Rheinhessen, Germany 2011
Sa de Baixo, Douro, Portugal 2012
Paco dos Cunhas, Dao, Portugal 2010

Le Caveau
Domaine de Ménard “Cuvée Marine”, Cotes de Gascogne, France 2012
Bodegas Menade, Verdejo, Rueda, Spain 2013
Valli Unite “Ciapé”, Cortese, Piedmont, Italy 2012
Henri Marionnet, Touraine Gamay, Loire, France 2012
Poggio Argentiera, Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany, Italy 2011
Domaine Chaume Arnaud ‘Vinsobres’, Rhone, France 2011

Liberty Wines
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee, England 2009
Vesevo Falanghina, Campagnia, Italy 2012
Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2013
Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris, Yarra Valley, Australia 2012
Azamor, Alentejo, Portugal 2009
Alpha Zeta ‘R’ Ripasso, Veneto 2012
Domaine Boisset Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2012
Isole e Olena Chianti Classico, Tuscany Italy 2011
Willunga 100 Grenache, Mclaren Vale, Austraila 2010
Gran Sasso Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Italy 2013
Innocent Bystander Syrah, Yarra Valley, Australia 2010

Finca Montepedrosa, Rueda, Spain 2012
Soalheiro Alvarinho, Portugal 2013
La Source de Vignelaure Rose, Provence 2012
Domaine Joncier “Le Gourmand” Lirac 2012
Cline Pinot Noir, California 2012
Carmelo Rodero ‘9 months’ Tempranillo, Pedrosa del Duero 2012

Wines Direct
Domaine Feline Jourdaine Picpoul de Pinet 2012
Paddy Borthwick Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ 2013
Craiglee Chardonnay, Sunbury, Victoria 2009
Bret Brothers St. Veran, Burgundy 2011
Haut Rian Cuvee Prestige
Paper Road Pinot Noir, Marlborough, NZ 2012
Mas Julian, Les Terasses du Larzac 2010
L’Hortus Grande Cuvee, Coteaux du Languedoc 2010
Feytit-Clinet “Les Colombieres”, Pomerol 2011
Chateau Haut Segottes St. Emilion Grand Cru 2006
Chateau Lalande, St. Julien, Bordeaux 2008

Cellar Door Wines
Mohua Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ 2012
Mohua Pinot Noir, Marlborough, NZ 2009
Perigrine Pinot Noir, Marlborough NZ 2009
Findlater Wines
Bollinger ‘Special Cuvee’ Champagne NV
Pionero Mundi Albarino, Spain 2012
St Clair Gruner Veltliner, NZ 2012
Cono Sur ’20 Barrells’ Pinot Noir, Chile 2011
Penfolds Koonunga Hill ’76’ Shiraz Cabernet, South 2012
Beringer Zinfandel, California 2011

Mitchells Wine Merchants
Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Frizzante
Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Dry 2012
Alta Vista Premium Malbec 2012 150cl
Alta Vista Terroir Selection Malbec 2010
Sipp Mack Riesling Tradition 2011
Sipp Mack Pinot Blanc 2012
Lustau Los Arcos Amontillado
Lustau Solera Reserva Brandy de Jerez

Irish Craft Cider

Irish & International Craft Beers

A French Christmas with Chateau Fongaban and Domaine de l’Hortus

ely has a great selection of French wines and 2 of our domaines, Chateau Fongaban and Domaine de l’Hortus, have kindly sent us in their Christmas Day menus.

Pierre Taix of hateau Fongaban is as follows:

Champagne Egly-Ouriet Blanc de Noirs

Lamproie à la bordelaise (From my mother only)
La Mauriane 2004 –Puisseguin saint-Emilion
Raviole de Fois gras aux cèpes One of the best Bordeaux 2004 dixit Jean-Marc Quarin

Raviole de Fois gras aux cèpes (This year was very good for the cèpes)
Chateau Fongaban 1971 Puisseguin Saint-Emilion–
1971 is certainly the best vintage for the saint-emilion area of the seventies

Pigeonneaux en cocotte with truffes
Château Fongaban 1950 Puisseguin Saint-Emilion
My favorite vintage

Fondant au chocolat – (The recipe of Alain Ducasse in his book “Bistro”)
Banyuls Coume del Mas
The best accord food-wine

Yves Orliac of Domaine de L’Hortus will be having a very Mediterranean Christmas menu which looks absolutely mouth-watering.

Apéritif : There are different toasts.

  • Toast of Black and green “tapenade”.
  • A little bit of “Boutargue” (Mediterranean caviar).
  • Jam and sausage from Corsica.

Starters :

  • Wild smoked salmon (from Ireland) on “tartine” of black bread with butter and a stalk of dill.
  • Oysters from Marennes with a lemon or vinegar sauce with herbs.
  • And of course “Foie Gras” with Guerande’s salt.
  • Green salad (with no eggs).

Main Course :

  • Turbot fish cooked in the beer (It is a “spécialitée” of Sylvie Courselle).

Dessert :

  • Cheese board : Roquefort, goat’s cheese…
  • Chocolat’s cake (Frederique loves chocolate)

Want to learn more about Bordeaux or Southern French wines or  improve your culinary skills with a cookery course: ely has all the answers: click here to see the full range of events and tastings next year.

Dublin wine tasting: Cabernet Sauvignon – Bordeaux vs the World

With the days (and nights) starting to get a bit colder we hosted a tasting of deliciously rich and warming Cabernet on the 12th October 2011.

Our great line-up of the best Cabernet from around the world included iconic examples from  Argentina, Australia, South Africa, California and not forgetting Bordeaux! Cabernet’s main attributes are its firm tannins, fresh acidity and red fruit flavours. Throughout the evening our tasters got to experience how wonderfully different it can taste depending on which corner of the globe it is made.

Bodegas Lurton’s Cabernet Sauvignon is fruit driven with buckets of dark berries and gentle herby notes, offering the perfect balance between the savoury, herbaceous Bordeaux and the ripe and luscious Aussie interpretation. Uco Valley just south of Mendoza in the foothills of the Andes is considered one of the best places to plant red grape varieties and Bodegas Lurton were one of thr pioneering growers from the region. Lurton is now a 3rd generation wine-producing family originally from France, and you can really taste their French roots in this fantastic Cabernet!

Following Argentina’s offering we looked at one of the great Aussie producers! D’Arenberg, despite being quite a large producer, applies artisan practices to their prodcue enabling them to make very high quality wines. The High Trellis 2008 is a great example Aussie Cabernet at it’s best: aromas of fresh, ripe blueberries and cassis mingle with violets and leafy aromatics. There’s a touch of spicy oak adding complexity to the typical d’Arenberg soulful earthiness. This was one of the favourites of the night and went down on a real treat.

We also plucked from a region less known for making great Cabernet: Stellenbosch in South Africa. Famous for making Pinotage, Meerlust’s Rubicon is their most awarded wine and is a Bordeaux blend consisting of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 8% Merlot. It has all the savouriness of Bordeaux with dark fruits and earthy smokiness. South Africa can be overlooked when looking for an elegant wine, but in the last decade has seen an emergence of world-class winemaking across the cape. 

The penultimate wine was Cakebread Cellars’ Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Napa is a very special wine making region and it’s adaption to Cabernet has been instrumental in the development and evolution of the area. Characteristocally it has cassis, blackberry and boysenberry with subtle hints cedar, black tea spice and sweet oak scents.  It would be hard to mention Californian Cabernet and not mention the great tasting of 1976 where, in a blind tasting, Stag’s Leap Cabernet topped its Bordelian counterparts. Californian Cabernet can be a bit of an insiders secret, but it’s time to let it out of the bag!

Our last wine on the list was a classic Boredaux wine. Bordeaux is divided into 2 categories, the right bank for Merlot based wines (with a small proportion of Cabernet) and the left bank for Cabernet based wines (with a proportion of Merlot). Right bank wines refers to wines coming from the right bank of the Dordogne and includes Pomerol and St Emilion whilst wines on the left bank include Medoc, Haut-Medoc, St Estephe, Margaux and Pauillac. Bordeaux Cabernet is one of the most restrained, earthy and savoury expressions with delicious flavours of red and blackcurrants, pencil shaving and cedar. The example we chose for the tasting was ‘La Bastide Dauzac’  from Margaux, the 2nd wine of Chateau Dauzac.

All the wines were presented by the wonderful Monica Murphy of Febvre, who showed us what makes Cabernet Sauvignon so unique and how each terroir can create subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, differences in this wonderful grape.

To find out more about ely’s wine tasting and events please contact , call (01)  678 7867 or check out our website.

Tasting nights in 2012

Thursday 19th January: Bordeaux (€40 per head)
Thursday 26th January: Great Whiskeys of the World (€45 per head) TBC
Thursday 2nd February: Chateauneuf du Pape (€40 per head)
Thursday 16th February: Southern France (€35 per head)
Wednesday 22nd February: Italy (€35 per head)
Thursday 1st March: Chardonnay (€35 per head)

All the above tastings start at 18:45 sharp and take place in ely bar & brasserie, IFSC.

Click to find out about our wine course or our BIG wine tasting happening in Spring 2012.

Wine (and whiskey) tastings at ely, Spring 2012

ely’s wine tastings are a great way to spend the evening with friends.

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 the wines. Our wine tastings are fun and informal evenings where you can learn more about the wines you love in relaxed, informal atmosphere.

Thursday 19th January: Bordeaux (€40 per head)
Thursday 26th January: Great Whiskeys of the World (€45 per head)
Thursday 2nd February: Chateauneuf du Pape (€40 per head)
Thursday 16th February: Southern France (€35 per head)
Wednesday 22nd February: Italy (€35 per head)
Thursday 1st March: Chardonnay (€35 per head)

All the above tastings start at 18:45 sharp and take place in ely bar & brasserie, IFSC.

For more information or to reserve your place please contact or call 01 678 7867.

To read about what goes on at our tastings please click here!


Wednesday night at ely winebar, Dublin, is wine tasting night!

Our Autumn wine tastings schedule:

28th September: Key Italian Red Grapes (€35 per head)
5th October: The Wines of Alsace (€35 per head)
12th October: Cabernet Sauvignon – Bordeaux vs the World (€40 per head)
19th October: Spain (€35 per head)
26th October: Great Christmas reds (€40 per head)
9th November: Great Christmas Whites and Sparklers (€40 per head)

Each week we’ll taste a selection of wines from the given theme and serve a supper dish to match the wines. All tastings are held at ely wine bar, 22 Ely Place and start at 6.45 sharp. To make your reservation please contact or call 01 676 8986.

Bordeaux tasting night – a lesson in wine and cheese matching

ely’s penultimate tasting, held last night, was Bordeaux.

Bordeaux is always an exciting tasting to attend: it raises the big question about one of the most revered wines in the world, what is all the fuss about?

With this in mind we selected 4 wines to illustrate the main styles from the region. The winning line up included; Bordeaux Blanc Chateau Thieuley 2007 made primarily from Semillon with some Sauvignon Blanc, Pauillac Chateau Gaudin 2005, Pomerol Les Colombiers de Feytit Clinet 2006 and to finish up the deliciously sweet Cadillac 2006 from Chateau Haut Rian. All the wines are from family run wineries and were hand selected by Paddy Keogh of Wines Direct. 

Having selected the wines we then faced a big problem: what cheeses will best compliment these wines. Sheridan’s suggested 4 fantastic cheeses from France and Ireland.

To match the white Bordeaux we chose a goat’s cheese Sainte-Maure de Touraine from Loire. This has a deliciously creamy texture with fresh acidity that lifts the zingy aromatics in the wine. Most people had never tried a Bordeaux Blanc and were instantly converted! We paired the Cabernet Sauvignon based Pauillac with a young Comte. The delicate nuttiness and earthy nuances were an instant hit and was easily the evening’s winning combination. For the sweet wine we went with the very classic pairing of blue cheese and sweet wine. Crozier Blue is made in Tipperary by the people who also make Cashel Blue. Needless to say it was a hit: the acidity and saltiness of the cheese worked wonderfully with the natural sweetness of the perfectly balanced Cadillac. Unfortunately I have to admit that we made a mistake with match number 3, Pomerol with Reblochon. It just didn’t work. Our Pomerol, which had mellowed with some bottle age, got into a fist fight with the robust Reblochon. The outcome was that everybody drank the wine, and the Reblochon remained on the plate uneaten.

The tasting was such a massive hit that we have decided to kick off 2011 with another one on 21st January.

USA night next Thursday, 11th November, is our last tasting this side of Christmas and we will be showing the best of California and Washington. Tickets are still available, €30 per head, please call ely wine bar on 676 8986 for more details and too reserve your space.

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