ely’s Big Tasting March 22nd 2013

ely’s Big Tasting will be held on Friday, march 22nd 2013 in ely bar & brasserie IFSC, and, as ever promises to be a fantastic evening of tasting – There will be more than 100 wines from 15 countries, including classics from the old world, modern classics from the new, not to mention Champagnes, Ports, sherries and dessert wines. New this year will be ely’s ‘Little Grapes’ table, where we will showcase new and interesting varietals that have captured our imagination and we think will do the same for you ! We will also feature artisan beers, Irish Ciders, Sheridans Cheesemongers, organic beef from our family farm, artisan breads and much more…..
There will be two sessions, 6.00 -7.30pm, and 8.00 – 9.30 pm.
Tickets are €25 or €20 with your ely loyalty card.
This event always sells out so be sure to book your tickets early.
For more info contact Ian Brosnan on ian@elywinebar.com or call (01) 6787867

Click here for 6pm session €25.00 per person
Click here for 8pm session €25.00 per person

Loyalty card holders and wine tasting attendees:
Click here for 6pm session €20 – quote your card number or code
Click here for 8pm session €20 – quote your card number or code

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G.D. Vajra Italian wines by Ian Brosnan

G.D. Vajra

This estate was established in 1972, by Aldo Vajra’s father, Giuseppe Domenico. The vineyards had been in the family since the 1920s, but it was only with the advent
of the D.O.C. and the increase in interest for Barolo in the early 1970s, that viticulture became economically viable. Aldo has gradually increased the area under vine to the current 40 hectares, ten of which are planted with Nebbiolo for his Barolo, located in such prized vineyards as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne.
The vineyards are situated about 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne, in the commune of Barolo, on the western border of the zone. Vajra’s vineyards ripen later than many others in the zone, with the result that his Barolos have always been quite distinctive: wines with fresh and lifted aromas, showing a judicious acidity that balances the generous fruit to give a lively and crisp style.

Aldo’s son Giuseppe was in ely winebar to host a tasting dinner, pairing their exceptional wines to our wonderful food!
We kicked things off with their unique Langhe Bianco ‘Petracine’ , an old Latin name for Riesling. A pale lemon colour, it had a wonderfully zesty perfume, crisp apple and lemon fruit and a long clean finish. A perfect way to begin any evening!

First of the reds was the Dolcetto, a grape Giuseppe suggested is often considered an ugly duckling in Piedmonte but he likes to think of it as a moody teenager- it needs constant attention and showering with love in order to fulfil its potential. This one certainly did – it possessed a wonderful depth of colour, a fragrance of blue and black berries and a herbal hint on the finish.

The Barbera grapes are sourced from 6 vineyards; in 3 areas on 2 different soil types, and it is the blend of these that gives this wine it exceptional balance. Fresh berry and black cherry on the nose, the palate is ripe with crisp acidity and elegant tannins. Both wines were tasted alongside a first course of rose Veal meatballs, tomato broth and gremolata. The room was split over which worked better, but at a push, I’d have to choose the Dolcetto (it might be the moody teenager in me!).

Then the main event – the ‘Le Albe’ and ‘Bricco delle Viole’ Barolos. The 2007 ‘Le Albe’ was unquestionably the ely staff pick of the night – yes, we all have to try them after work- and quite honestly one of the best value Barolos I have tasted in a long time. While 2007 may seem young for Barolo, the ‘Le Albe’ had a ruby-garnet colour and a wonderfully exotic nose of dried plums, cherries and floral notes. The palate showed typical Nebbiolo characteristics- excellent acidity and fine but persistent tannins- coupled with a rich, fleshy texture. More than simply accessible, this wine is extremely enjoyable now but no doubt has a long and bright future ahead.
The ‘Bricco delle Viole’ vineyard is the jewel in the crown of the Vajra properties, situated 400 metres above sea level in the commune of Barolo and with many of the vines over 50 years old. The altitude and long ripening period gives the wine an aromatic complexity and ripeness not often found in Barolo. We were fortunate enough to have the 2003; showing a beautiful garnet colour and a complex nose of violets, rose, orange peel and dark cherry. The finely grained tannins, wonderful purity and depth of flavour, and impeccable balance are all hallmarks of this superb wine. Both wines were paired with roast breast of Barbary Duck, potato and truffle terrine, samphire and Madeira jus.
And then came the surprise of the evening- Vajra Moscato d’asti. Light, effervescent and wonderfully fruity, this is one of the most refreshing things I’ve ever tasted. Passion fruit on the nose, clean sweetness on the palate, and, at only 5.5% alcohol, no limit to how many glasses you can have. While we tasted it with orange blossom pannacotta, it could just as easily be enjoyed on its own, the perfect end to a remarkable meal.

Our thanks to Giuseppe Vajra and Ben Reynolds (Liberty Wines) from  for all their help.

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ely wines for summer #1

ely wines for the summer- drink something different this year!

Falanghina – Italy
by ely sommelier Ian Brosnan

This ancient grape is from the Irpinian hills in Campagne, the region around Naples..It is pronounced “falangeena”, with a hard “g” – and it is a perfect summer wine, light enough for lunch, fresh enough to drink in the garden and tangy enough to sip with food.

Naturally, given its origin, it works well with tomato-heavy Neapolitan dishes: spaghetti with cherry tomatoes, garlic and herbs; or tomatoes baked with marjoram, parsley and breadcrumbs.

But it’s equally good with fish, too: scallops fried until they just begin to caramelise,fresh, squid with lemon juice squeezed over it, blackened on the barbecue and tangled up with rocket, chargrilled seabass with capers, parsley and lemon….

As a wine, it manages to combine defined flavour- often orange peel- with a remarkable freshness that singles it out as a perfect all-rounder. Falanghina is becoming increasingly widely available in both restaurants and good wine shops.

Now all we need is the summer!

Ian Brosnan

Try for yourself.. Vesevo Beneventano Falanghina 2011 is available by the glass in all three ely restaurants.

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