tips, tipples & table talk – Week 3

Fathers. For many of us at ely, these are the people who taught us how to farm (Erik & Hugh Robson on the ely family farm pictured below), how to cook, how to pull our first pint, how to taste our first pint, to walk us down the aisle and to hold our hands through the times when we were to become fathers ourselves.

To all dads, granddads, great-granddads and those who act as father figures, we thank you!

Give the gift of ely this Father’s Day, Sunday 15th June

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Craft Beer of the Week: Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale

This take on the classic English Golden Ale is a great option to accompany a barbecue’d burger. The slight fruity flavours of Monty Python’s Holy Grail offer light refreshment while the caramel buttery taste surprisingly compliments beef quite well. Easy drinking for the Summertime and according to Black Sheep Brewery, our Craft Beer of the Week “has been tempered by burning witches”, so that’s always good – right?

Available: ely bar & brasserie

 

Tip of the Week: Summer Wedding

ely’s executive head chef Ryan Stringer is getting married this weekend! For those of you who too, have an upcoming summer wedding planned, here are a few of our last minute tips from our wedding coordinator at ely bar & brasserie on the things you may have overlooked.

Umbrellas

Your summer wedding has been purposely planned for the weather to be on your side but don’t forget, this is still Ireland and she’d be a grand aul’ country if only we could roof her. Whether your venue is indoors or outdoors, you and your guests will probably have to be outside for some part of the day and may not have thought to bring  umbrellas. Always handy to stock up on a few for your guests, many stores sell relatively inexpensive ones. If there is still a shortage of umbrellas and it does rain on the day, for goodness sake, cover the bride!

Shoes

If you’ve purchased new shoes for the big day, make sure to break them in in advance. In the summer the weather is obviously warmer, sometimes even very hot, resulting in feet swelling from the heat. Throw in any anxiety or nerves you might have and trying to fit comfortably into a brand new shoe can cause serious pain and discomfort later. Nobody wants to smile through gritted teeth on the dance floor! While cold feet on the day of your wedding is never good, equally so, neither is hot feet.

Grass

If you are having a garden wedding or reception where there is lots of grass, try to ensure that the grass isn’t freshly cut on the day before, or on the day of the wedding. A few days in advance is perfect. Keep in mind that in the summer, many people can suffer from hay fever allergies and freshly cut grass can irritate those that do!

Traffic

For those planning a city summer wedding, keep in mind that the weather can play a huge part for traffic problems! If your church or wedding venue is located near the coast, keep in mind that on the rare scorcher of a sunny Irish day, all routes to the coast are usually heavily congested. Similarly, when the weather is particularly bad, traffic can also come to a standstill as drivers take particular caution on the roads. Just remember to keep an eye on the forecast (which you most likely will be doing anyway) and make sure to remind your guests to allow for plenty of sufficient travel time on the day.

Ask us about holding your unique wedding at ely wine bar or ely bar & brasserie today.

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What’s on this Week

The Dublin LBGTQ Pride Festival  kicks off this Sat 14th June with plenty of fun happening in the city for all. Enjoy smooth live jazz from The Cormac O’Brien Trio from 2pm this Sun 15th at ely gastro bar. Food lovers can flock to Taste of Dublin at The Iveagh Gardens, Thurs 12th – Sun 15th June and lovers of food can also get involved in Street Feast on Sun 15th June. Street feast is really a cool day of community lunches where you can get to know your neighbours, meet new friends and enjoy some good grub in the process.

In case you missed it

The Dublin Diary reviews ely wine bar, 22 Ely Place.

“I wasn’t expecting to be shown downstairs to a snug little bar area with a brick-lined restaurant beyond. I was gobsmacked! The place just oozed charm and character … Ely Place is warm, comfortable and relaxing.”

You can read the full review here.

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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

Tickets: http://www.elywinebar.ie/about/wine-apreciation/ely-wine-tastings

Cullen Wines, Margaret River, Western Australia

Cullen Wines, Margaret River, Western Australia – Lovely vineyards

Mathew Jukes 100 best Australian wines for 2012

Influential UK wine writer Mathew Jukes released his 100 best Australian wines for 2012 and, as usual, it features a host of ely restaurants favourites.  The list covers a broad spectrum of prices and styles, from affordable, quality orientated producers such Willunga 100, Innocent Bystander and Pewsey Vale, to world class, highly sought after names such as Cullen, Henschke and Clonakilla.  A new name to that list, and to ours, is Ten Minutes by Tractor. Taking its name from the distances between the three vineyards, TMBT is – as

Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines List for 2012

Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines List for 2012

Mathew puts it – “a major force to be reckoned with in the world of global Pinot Noir worship”.

Based in Mornington Peninsula, southeast of Melbourne, they have developed a reputation for sublime, elegant and complex wines from the two grapes that excel in the region, the great Burgundian duo of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  They produce stunning single vineyard wines from the McCutchen, Wallis and Judd vineyards, and the 10X wines, which are blended from the three.  These wines challenge the very best from burgundy and at the same time remain distinctly Australian.

Four of their wines are currently listed in ely winebar 22 Ely Place,  the 10x Chardonnay 2010- fresh pear and white peach on the nose, with a smoky, minerally palate and lovely weight  on the finish. The 2008 Wallis Vineyard Chardonnay is an even more complex affair with stones and stone fruit- peaches and nectarines with a minerality that surges forward on the palate, and the deft use of oak results in an incredible harmony of texture and flavour. It is a stunning wine.

10X PINOT NOIR 2010

TEN MINUTES BY TRACTOR 10X PINOT NOIR 2010

Of the Pinots, the 2010 10X Pinot Noir is soft, ripe and fragrant, with strawberry, cherry and a touch of damson and a remarkable freshness. It would put many a big name Burgundy to shame.

The 2009 McCutchen is among the finest Pinots I’ve ever tasted from Australia- It impresses at first with its vibrant red fruits-  fresh cherry and raspberry,  and a texture so silky it’s almost sinful . But given some time in the glass it develops in to something altogether different, conjuring up savoury, meaty aromas, and a smoky spiciness. Everything comes together seamlessly in a finish that lingers on the palate like a fond memory.

The Ten Minutes by Tractor wines are exclusively available in ely restaurants. Come in and try them for yourself.

The world’s biggest wine fair – Vinitaly 2012

The world’s biggest wine fair took place again in March 2012 in Verona, and just to get a feel of the sheer size of the event, I’ve included a few facts and figures.

Almost 160,000 visitors from 110 countries attended over 4 days. 4,200 exhibitors presented 20,000 wines in a convention space that covers 95,000 sq metres (that’s 24 acres!).

Visiting a wine fair like this requires preparation as 4 days won’t even get you half way around. And one must be clinical in planning, first deciding which regions to look at, followed by which wineries to visit, and, finally how much time to allocate to each. As a plan, it works in theory.

The reality however is very different. First of all, this is Italy, and things work at an Italian pace, so having plans and schedules can often just result in frustration. When you get a sense of the actual size of the place, you realize that your schedule can’t possibly work, and then you arrive at a stand to find it teeming with tasters. Finally, when you are surrounded by so many beautiful wines it’s very easy to have your head turned!

I was fortunate to have two experienced guides in Ben and Mauro. Both from Liberty wines, importers of some of the finest Italian wines on the Irish market, and both on a first name basis with every winemaker we met. Mauro, being a specialist in Italian wines, speaks the language fluently and I cannot overemphasise how much this helps!

It’s always difficult to taste wines first thing in the morning, so choosing the first visit is probably the most important decision of the day. We started with Livio Felluga. A family run winery in Colli Orientali in north eastern Italy, they produce white, red and sweet wines. Of an 8 wine tasting that included the flagship white, and multi award-winning Terre Alte, my personal favourite was the Friulano- a local variety full of delicate golden apple and floral flavours, with a fresh, crisp finish. It proved a great way to start the day! We focused on whites for the morning, and came across some really interesting and surprising wines. The 2011 Lugana from Cà dei Frati had just been bottled but was already showing like a little stunner, precise apple and pear flavours with an intense minerality. The 2010 is on the market already, and gives a good idea of how the 2011 will develop with some time in bottle.

Vinitaly Verona - Italy 2012Next up was Vie di Romans. Using both native and international varieties, they produce of some of the finest white wines I’ve tasted in Italy. Both the ‘Dessimis’ Pinot Grigio, and the ‘Piere’ Sauvignon Blanc are wonderful examples of the elegant complexity that can be achieved with these grapes in the right hands.

The big surprise for me, and certainly one of my finds of the trip was Villa Bucci. From an unassuming stand, the modest and humble Mr Bucci was showing just 2 whites and one red. Both whites were Verdicchio Classico, one Superiore, one Riserva. The Superiore was superb, lovely purity and balance. The Riserva was a revelation- from 40 year old vines, aged in large oak barrels; it was nutty, smoky intense, with a wonderfully silky texture and incredible ability to age. As if to prove the point, he opened the 2000, and the 1988. The 2000 was comparable to the finest aged Burgundies, and the 1988- at 24years old- was surely at its peak but retained a freshness to balance the richness of its years.

We ended the evening with a visit and tasting at Bellavista. To just call it a sparkling wine from Franciacorta would be to do these wines a great injustice. Meticulously crafted from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of the highest quality, fermented in both old oak and steel, and with the 2nd fermentation in bottle, these wines compare to champagne of the highest quality, yet retain a unique and distinct personality. The Cuvee Brut, vintage Gran Cuvee Brut and Gran Cuvee Saten Blanc de Blanc are amongst the most elegant and balanced sparkling wines produced anywhere. That, coming from a committed Champagne lover, is saying something.

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.

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.

Wine Course in Dublin, January 2012

Our 4 Week Wine Appreciation Course is now available for booking, please see below for course dates and times.

ely’s 4 Week Wine Appreciation Course is great for those who love wine and would like to learn a little more. We examine how wine is made, where it comes from, why we like it and why sometimes we don’t. ely provides a fun, fresh and sociable approach to wines tasting: deciphering jargon, how to get value and the best out of a bottle. To read a review of our wine course please click here. Starting from January 2012 award winning Sommelier, Ian Brosnan, will be teaching all our wine courses. We look forward to welcoming Ian to the team!

The topics include:

principle red grape varieties
principle white grape varieties
sparkling, dessert and fortified wines
food and wine matching
understanding labels

Each evening 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. The course is held at ely bar & brasserie, IFSC on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm.

Cost: €160 per head

Dates:

January 17th, 24th, 31st and Feb 7th 2012
and
February 21st, 28th, Mar 6th, 13th 2012

For further details please contact Michelle Lawlor at wineclub@elywinebar.com or call 01 678 7867, you can also book the course on line at our website.

We have lots of wine tastings on all the time. Check out our website to see the line-up!

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