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

Febvre
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

Vinostito
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

Nicholsons
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
Craigies
Longueville
Stonewell

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Wines of the Languedoc by Ian Brosnan

Another wonderful wine tasting in ely bar & brasserie which showed the range and quality of the wines currently being produced in this part of France.

Previously thought of as a ‘poor man’s Rhone’, the Languedoc has become the most exciting wine region in France whilst remaining the best value- everyone wins!

ely_wine_bar_Languedoc_wine_tasting_04First up was Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2012– unquestionably one of the producers of this grape. Crisp, lemon -fresh and a lovely dry, minerally finish- this is the perfect wine for our rapidly approaching summer. Think shellfish…..

We followed this with a beautiful Rosé from Domaine de L’Hortus– one of our favourites!-Bergerie de L’Hortus. A blend of mostly Grenache and Syrah, this is a fresh, dry rosé, with aromas of strawberry and hints of pepper. Fantastic!

Two ely stalwarts next, Chateau La Baronne Corbieres 2009 and Luc Lapeyre ‘ L’Amourier’ Minnervois 2010. Both have graced all three wine lists at various times and both represent fantastic value for money.
Domaine de L’Hortus again, but this time the Grand Cuvee 2010 – a stunning blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Rich, spicy but incredibly smooth- this is one of the classic wines of the Languedoc.

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Last up was the sensational Mas Julien, Terrasses du Larzac. Winemaker Olivier Julien has produced what is quite possibly the finest wine in the entire region- a blend of Syrah, Carignan and Mourvedre, it is intensely flavoured with all the classic Languedoc flavours- blackberry, spice and dried herbs- but so wonderfully elegant that it’s hard to believe what you are drinking! A world class wine that you should try at least once.
These wines are not available in wine shops or supermarkets, but can all be bought directly from the fantastic Wines Direct website www.winesdirect.ie
Happy shopping.

For upcoming wine tastings visit http://www.elywinebar.ie

elys’ favourite wines for summertime enjoyment.

With summer in full swing and the sun shining (?) we have selected a few of our favourite wines for summertime enjoyment!

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Two fantastic whites from Italy and Languedoc for those who like their wines crisp and refreshing, a Burgundian chardonnay with a little bottle age for those who like a more serious white, and a wonderful Rosé from a little known grape called Egoidola that will make you wonder why you don’t drink rosé more often.
We’ve also chosen two reds that work wonderfully in the sun – A beautiful Beaujolais villages that is especially good served cool, and a Montepulciano that will see you through the evening. Enjoy!!

Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2012 Languedoc, France €31 / €7.75
Picpoul is almost certainly going to be this summer’s ‘must drink’ white wine, and with good reason. Described by some as this generations Muscadet, but in the best possible sense – Crisp, bone-dry, and lemon scented, there are also grapefruit and green apple touches on the palate. Perfect with almost all seafood and shellfish dishes, but goes down a treat as an aperitif too.

 

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Balestri Valda Soave Classico 2011 Veneto, Italy €33 / €8.25
Soave is leading the new wave of Italian white, and this a perfect example of why. Whereas some wines try to overpower the senses with an attack of flavours, quality Soave is beautifully understated. Subtle aromas of apple and pear followed by a delicate nuttiness – think fresh almonds – and lovely dry finish.

Jean Phillipe Fichet Bourgogne Blanc 2007 Burgundy, France €39 / €9.75
ifsc bourgogneMonsieur Fichet is a winemaker based in Meursault, and probably best known for the outstanding wines he produces there. But he also owns vineyards in the surrounding areas, and uses those grapes to make his Bourgogne Blanc. The same skill and experience goes into the crafting of this wine. Ripe Chardonnay flavours of tropical melon and toasty oak have combined over a few years bottle age to produce something special – rich and creamy textured with a lovely nutty finish.

Domaine de Millet Rosé VdP des Côtes de Gascogne 2011 France €28/ €7.00
This is what we call proper rosé. Why? Try it and see….. It is produced from the little known Egiodola grape in the Côtes de Gascogne region of south west of France. Wonderful ripe red fruit- fresh strawberry, raspberry and cranberry – lovely freshness on the palate and a dry finish with just a touch of grip. Perfect for sipping, even better with food.

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Domaine des Nugues Beaujolais Villages 2010 €33 / €8.25
We have seen the fortunes of the Gamay grape rise and fall over the years- it was once more highly prized than Pinot -but on the strength of recent Beaujolais tastings it’s definitely on the up again. This Domaine shows how modern winemaking techniques can combine with traditional wine styles to great effect. 100% Gamay, from vines averaging almost 50 years- the wine is bright ruby in colour, with redcurrant and red cherry flavours, and a long clean finish.

Gran Sasso Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2012 €28 / €7.00
ifsc MontepulcianoThe Montepulciano grape is often confused with the town of the same name, and as a result, the wines from that town. So let’s clear it up – Montepulciano (Vino Nobile de) is the town, and the grape is Sangiovese. Montepulciano (d’) is the grape, and a wonderful grape it is too! Ripe and bursting with fruit, especially dark cherry and plum, and just a touch of chocolate. Yes, chocolate! This wine is medium bodied but very full flavoured , and definitely a score for Montepulciano the grape!

Visit ely bar & brasserie in the IFSC.

Enjoy the best in organic Irish food. Amazing dry-aged Irish beef, fantastic fish, local seasonal vegetables and great Irish cooking at ely bar & brasserie. Knowing that the team in ely bar & brasserie will look after you and guest extremely well.

ely bar & brasserie has sourced the 28 day dry-aged rib-eye from Danny Coogan, a fifth generation farmer in Trim Co.Meath and their vegetables are grown for them “less than an hours drive up the road”, north Dublin to be precise. The organic beef carpaccio and organic lamb hails from the Burren, Co.Clare and their fresh Irish chicken is from Mayo.
The oysters, scallops, crab and fresh Irish Sea Bass are all landed by Irish boats and their executive chef Ryan Stringer is from Tyrone. The Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland 2012 said “Executive chef Ryan Stringer devises and cooks wonderfully smart, clean food, with ingredients that are sourced as carefully as they source their benchmark wines”.

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Wines for summer #002

Here goes 2 more additions to our list of wines for the summer 2013.

Provenquiere

Domaine de la Provenquiére Syrah VdP d’Oc, Languedoc, France 2010

The beautiful little estate is situated right in the heart of the Languedoc, and produces wines from traditional grapes but in a modern, clean style. The Syrah is everything you could want from this grape and this region – packed with dark berry fruit on the nose, but bursting with savoury flavours on the palate- smoky, peppery and black olive. The natural acidity in the Syrah ensures a freshness on the finish.
Available by the glass €7.00 at all 3 ely restaurants. Bottle €28.00

Felines Jourdan

Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, France 2012

Picpoul is almost certainly going to be this summer’s ‘must drink’ white wine, and with good reason. Described by some (me) as this generations Muscadet, but in the best possible sense – Crisp, bone-dry, and lemon scented, there are also grapefruit and green apple touches on the palate. Perfect with almost all seafood and shellfish dishes, but goes down a treat as an aperitif too.

Available at all 3 ely restaurants only by the bottle @ €31.00

To make a reservation visit elywinebar.com

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:

Aperitif
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.

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