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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Explaining Italian red wines with ely wine bar, Dublin

Italy can be as confusing as France when it comes to knowing what you are drinking. There are over 1,000 indigenous varieties in Italy and the wines produced in the cool northern hills of the Alto-Adige are wildly different from those made in the baking heat in Puglia down south.  Although it might seem confusing trying to understand the grapes and appellations of Italy, it’s an utterly rewarding task!

Broadly speaking there are 3 characteristics found in all Italian red wines: cherry fruit, refreshing acidity and firm tannins. The reason Italian wines make such great food wines is the combination of mouth-watering acidity and firm tannins which are the ideal components when matching food with wine. Below are some of the great Italian red grapes, and if these whet your appetite, then join us at our key Italian red grapes tasting on the 28th September 2011.

Chianti, Brunello, Vino di Nobile di Montepulciano and Morellino di Scansano: Sangiovese is the principle grape grown in the rolling Tuscan hills. In its ubiquitous Chianti form it is both sweet and sour, with cherries, cranberries, redcurrants and hints of rosemary and thyme. Chianti at it’s best is complex and layered with both red fruit and herbs, our favourite producers include Fontodi and Isole E Olena. Brunello is the big daddy of Tuscany and must be with 100% Sangiovese, it is a rich, complex and elegant glass of wine – with a savouriness of herbs, tomatoes and hints of violets.  The 2004 and 2005 vintages have both been exceptional and it you shop around you should find great examples of these. Vino Nobile and Morellino both make great Sangiovese and represent good quality and value for money. What should you eat with Sangiovese – roast leg of lamb stuffed with garlic and rosemary. And pretty much anything with a rich to tomato sauce!

Barolo: If Tuscany is the heart of the great Italian reds, Piedmont is the soul. The wines of Barolo, in the heart of Piedmont, are often likened to Burgundian Pinot Noir for their elegance, complexity and savouriness. The grape in Barolo is Nebbiolo and its typical characteristics are very high acidity and lots of tannins with perfumed and delicate flavours of damsons, red cherries, mulberries, dried fruits and herbs.  With bottle age the tannins mature and the wine becomes very light in colour with a silky texture. Our current favourite is made by Cantina Giacomo Borgogno e Figli. It is a wine that  will make you fall in love with Italy if you have not already done so! Try with braised pheasant and red cabbage, or with some really stinky cheese!

Barbera: Also native to Piedmont is Barbera. Lighter in colour than Nebbiolo and less serious, yet it punches above its weight with those yummy cherry red fruit and earthy tones. The distinguishing characteristics are  high tangy acidity and a light colour. Very much in fashion with the Pinot Noir drinkers of the world! Barbera is grown across Piedmont with the most famous towns being Alba and Asti.  Barbera d’Alba tends to be more serious and complex than the fresh and bright Barbera d’Asti . Our current favourite is Vigne Marina Coppi’s Sant’Andrea 2008. What to eat with a glass of barbera? We’d suggest a pepperoni pizza!

Valpolicella and Amarone: From around the region of north-east Italy, in the Veronese hills, Valpolicella is made from a blend of 3 local grapes:  Corvina, Molinaro and Rondinella. In it’s most common form, Valpolicella is one of the lightest, simplest wines you can get in Italy, but these wines are certainly worth exploring. Unique to Veronese wine is a style called Amarone. Made using the best quality Valpolicella grapes and allowing them to dry out over the winter. Rather than making wine with fresh juicy grapes as normal, Amarone is made with grapes that resemble raisins. This creates serious intensity and body as well as wines that are high in both alcohol and natural sugars, with delicious flavours of dried figs, prunes, cherries, spice and herbs. There is another process unqiue to Verona, the ‘ripasso method’ wines are made by fermenting standard Valpolicella on the skins of grapes used to make Amarone and are often referred to as baby Amarone. Fancy a truly great Valpolicella, try Allegrini’s Palazzo della Torre, a single vineyard Ripasso method Valpolicella. Try this and you’ll never look back!

Negroamaro: Never heard of it? Bet you’ve tasted it before! Negroamaro is one of the grapes in Salice Salentino, from Puglia in Italy’s heel. It is perfumed, earthy and quite robust – especially if it is going to withstand the baking heat of Southern Italy! If you are looking for great value for  money the wines of Southern Italy are the perfect place to shop. Other local varieties include Primitivo and Malvasia Nero. As cliche as it sounds, the best dish to have with this is pasta salsiccia, pasta with spicy sausage!

Contact wineclub@elywinebar.com for more information or to reserve your ticket at one of our wine nights!

*** UPCOMING EVENTS 2012***

7th December: Sweet, Stickie and Fortified Tasting
19th January: Bordeaux
26th January: Great Whiskeys of the World
2nd February: Chateauneuf du Pape
16th February: Southern France
22nd February: Italy

 

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