ely wines for Summer 2014 #002

After learning all about the delicious Paparuda Pinot Noir from Romania and Raphael Palacios ‘Bolo’ Godello from Spain we continue our weekly series “ely wines for Summer” with two gems that you  should drink this Summer.

Wagner Stempel Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany 2013

ely_restaurants_Wagner_stempelOk, we really need to get together as a wine drinking nation and get over our collective aversion to German wines! Fact- Germany produces some of the finest white wines in the world. Fact- most of them are dry! This is the spiritual home of Riesling, probably the most appealing and intriguing of all white varieties, and nobody can do it like the Germans- wines which so confidently walk the tightrope between ripe fruit and vibrantly cleansing acidity. In fact, the one characteristic most people love about Riesling, and German Riesling in particular, is the purity of flavour.
Wagner Stempel Riesling, which was recently certified organic, is a perfect expression of this trait. Lovely red apple flavours on the nose and palate, matched by perfectly pitched acidity and a long refreshing finish. This wine typifies everything that Riesling should be- pure in flavour, precise in balance and perfectly drinkable. It’s time to rediscover one of the true joys of the wine world.

Franz Haas Pinot Nero, Alto-Adige, Italy 2010

ely_restaurants_franz_haas_pinot_neroItaly is not the first place you’d look to for world class Pinot Noir, in fact, few of us would bother looking there at all. Do they even make any? ……. Nestled away in the Italian Alps, in the far north east of the country are some of the most stunningly beautiful vineyards you are ever likely to see! Snow covered peaks lead down to crystal clear lakes, with rows of perfectly tended vines in between, and the air here is so pure that you begin to remember what fresh air really is. This region is Alto-Adige, and home to the outstanding Franz Haas winery. Franz has long been feted for his whites, which are among the most highly regarded in Italy, but we have chosen his Pinot Nero, which we think is a perfect expression both of this grape, and this region.
This is an incredibly elegant Pinot Noir –delicate flavours of raspberry, cherry and plum combine with hints of cinnamon and clove on the palate to produce a wine that is at once fragrant, complex and silky smooth. Pinot is not about power or concentration, it is about perfume, texture and harmony, and this is a winner on all counts.

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Join us for an ely wine tasting evening and learn more about wines.
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. All wine tastings take place at ely bar & brasserie and start at 7pm. See more at http://www.elywinebar.ie/about/wine-apreciation/ely-wine-tastings

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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

Irish & International Craft Beers
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Pinot Noir tasting at ely bar & brasserie

A big thanks to everyone who came along to our Pinot Noir tasting- the whole evening was a tremendous success!
Difficult to pick out one wine over another, so I’ll mention the less obvious choices which showed really well!
Franz_haazFirst up, just to get us started, we had one of THE great Pinot based wines – and one of my all time favourite wines- Bollinger Special Cuvee. I’m happy to drink this anytime- as many can attest to- but it fully deserves to be included in a line up of great Pinot Noir.

The Franz Hass Pinot Nero 2010 from Alto Adige in northern Italy was probably the pick of the night for many- and a revelation for most! Silky, delicate and utterly drinkable, it shows off all of Pinots finest qualities at once. Absolutely delicious!
PlantagenetAt the other end of the Pinot Spectrum was the Plantagenet Mount Barker Pinot Noir 2009 from Western Australia. Deep ruby colour, wonderfully aromatic and concentrated cherry and spice on the nose. The aromas were reflected on the palate, and the flavours lasted an age!

Join us for an ely wine tasting evening at ely bar & brasserie, IFSC.
Visit http://www.elywinebar.ie/about/wine-apreciation/ely-wine-tastings

Great summer wine suggestions: reds, whites, rose and sparkling

Wondering which wines to drink during the summer months? ely has all the tips….

WHITES

Grape variety: Picpoul

  • Picpoul de Pinet, Domaine Feline Jourdan, Languedoc-Roussillon 2010
    Coming from the warm Mediterranean coast of the Languedoc Roussillon in Southern France, it is mouthwateringly refreshing with zesty lemons, Granny Smith apples and a rich creamy finish. Traditionally in Southern France Picpoul  is drunk with oysters and we can’t think of a better match.

 Grape variety: Chenin Blanc

  • Touraine, Domaine de la Renaudie, Loire 2009
    Chenin Blanc comes in all forms, taste and sizes. Domaine de la Renandie’s  has ‘aromas of grapefruit, lime and honey. A very fine palate with plenty of freshness and minerality’. From the Loire Valley, more famous now for Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc is more widely planted and renowned for it’s racy acidity and crisp apple freshness. A must try this summer.

Grape variety: Chardonnay

  • Macon Solutre, Domaine Gerbeaux ‘Les Clos’ 2010
    This absolutely delicious wine is perfect for those who don’t like Chardonnay and those who love it. The 2010 vintage is rated as outstanding and we are delighted to be able to share with you one of the best on the market. Completely unoaked it is crisp and racy with excellent minerality. If you normally drink Sauvignon, try this and surprise yourself!

 Grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon

  • Pessac-Leognan, Château le Sartre Blanc, Bordeaux 2009
    Made from the classic Bordeaux white blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon this wine has both the bright zesty flavours of Sauvignon and the richness of the Semillon. It spends some time aging in barrels which adds savoury tones to this classic wine. Decanter magazine has described this as ‘delicious’ and Wine Spectator has described it as ‘delicious and generous’. We think it’s stunning!

 REDS

 

Grape variety: Syrah / Grenache / Carignan / Mourvedre

  • Côtes du Luberon, Domaine de la Citadelle ‘Le Chataignier’, Rhone 2009
    Made from the typical Southern Rhone blend, La Chataignier ‘Cotes du Luberon’ never disappoints. It’s absolutely brimming with aromas of strawberries, raspberries and plums and yummy liquorice tones. If you like Côtes du Rhône, you’ll love Côtes du Luberon!

 Grape variety: Tempranillo

  • Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Vina Alberdi, Spain 2005
    Vina Alberdi is one of ely’s best selling wine and for good reason. It’s a classic Rioja with a contemporary feel. Intense aromas of wild strawberries, sweet raspberries, cinnamon, coconut and vanilla. Medium bodied and spicy with elegent tannins, this an excellent accompaniment to ely’s meat platters.

Grape variety: Gamay

  • Fleurie, Domaine des Nugues, Beaujolais 2008
    Fleurie is one of the most famous of all Beaujolais and for good reason. Still light enough that you can dunk it in an ice bucket to chill it down, but with lots of bright summer fruits, earthy nuances, refreshing acidity and soft tannins that make it a great with beef carpaccio or soft , ripe gooey cheeses

 Grape variety: Pinot Noir

  • Morey-St-Denis, Domaine Lombeline, Burgundy 2007
    From the Cotes du Nuits in Burgundy, Morey-St-Denis is one of the key villages in Burgundy. We have sourced a deliciously summery one with, light, fresh and juicy with aromas of marascha cherries, spices and delicate herbaceous tones. Delicious served slightly chilled and perfect with charcuterie.

ROSÉ

Grape variety: Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc

  • Bordeaux,  Chateau Du Seuil, France 2008
    Cherry pink in colour this Bordeaux Rosé is exactly what you want to hit the spot – absolutely brimming with raspberries, cherries and strawberries with hints of peaches and bananas. Dry with a tiny hint of sweetness and a rich mouthfeel, this is delicious by itself of with a fresh summer salad.

Grape variety: Cinsault / Grenache / Mourvedre

  • Faugeres, Domaine la Sarabande, France 2010
    A great new addition from Domaine La Sarabande, an award-winning winery in Faugeres, Southern France. Fresh, fruity and salmon pink in colour, it has vibrant flavours of red cherries and strawberries, lively acidity and a long finish. It’s our new favourite rosé.

SPARKLING

Grape variety: Muscat Gordo / Black Muscat

  • Pink Moscato, Innocent Bystander, Australia 2010 (1/2 bottle)
    Fizzy, pink and slightly sweet this is the ultimate summer drink. It has delicious fruit flavours of strawberry, mandarin, rhubarb, pear and pink grapefruit. There’s no better way to drink this than on the waterside terrace with a selection of ely’s homemade icecreams and sorbets. Yummy!

Grape variety: Prosecco

  • Prosecco, Le Contesse, Italy NV
    Our prosecco is one of the nicest, if not the nicest prosecco you will ever taste. From the Veronese hills this aromas of fresh Golden Delicious apples, pears and a distinctly peachy finish. There’s only one problem with it – it’s very more-ish.

Grape variety: Pinot Noir / Chardonnay / Pinot Meunier

  • Champagne, Domaine Dravigny-Godillon ‘Cuvee Ambre’, France NV
    Coming from the heartland of the quality Champagne area, Domaine Dravigny-Godillon is one of the few Champagne houses, alongside Bollinger and only a few others, to still make the traditional biscuity, yeasty Champagne style. They are a small family run winery and sell their wines only to the restaurants of Paris, Ireland and Denmark. Light and refined, it has delicate aromas of fresh strawberries and peaches with lively bubbles and fantastic freshness.

WANT TO SAMPLE ANY (OR ALL) OF THE ABOVE?  all the wines listed above are included in our summer wine selection available at all 3 ely venues.

Wine Tasting: Sauvignon Blanc’s of the World and many more!

The Old World v New World tasting took place last night in ely winebar.

24 enthusiasts arrived at 7pm delighted for the excuse to learn and, ahem, drink delicious wines on a Monday evening! Start as you mean to go on was the motto as Michele Jordan introduced the white wines of the evening.

WHITES
First up we looked at a grape native to Sardinia and Corsica but grown across Tuscany called Vermentino. Poggiotondo Bianco, made by the very talented winemaker Alberto Antonini is bright and zippy with delicate floral hints. The perfect summer wine! We compared this to it’s Aussie counterpart  a Vermentino grown in McLaren Vale. McLaren Vale is tempered by the sea breezes and produces wines with real finesse. Mitolo Vermentino is no exception. At 10% alcohol and light in body it is extremely refreshing, as a drink in its own right and as a wine style coming from the hot climes of Australia.

Round two was a comparison of Sauvignon Blanc from Australia, New Zealand and France. Everyone at the tasting had tried many a Sauvignon Blanc but couldn’t hide their delight at comparing the 3 key styles. Sancerre is an appellation in Loire, France that produces the archetypal Sauvignon Blanc: lean and focused with great minerality and green fruit whilst the Delta Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough jumped out of the glass with its tropical fruit aromas and brilliant intensity. Australia’s interpretation was easily the winner of the evening. Made in the Adelaide Hills by Shaw and Smith, it was definitely one of the stars of the evening. Restrained and elegant with a  full creamy texture and appley fruit aromatics. It sat perfectly in between France and New Zealand. Unusual for an Australia to retain all the subtle aromatics of Sauvignon Blanc and the tasters couldn’t help but be enamoured by the whole package.

REDS
The red flights included Pinot Noir from Australia, France and New Zealand and an extremely interesting comparison of Sangiovese made in its home town of Chianti, Italy and also in Heathcote, Australia. Interestingly there was no clear favourite in either comparison. Domaine Lafarge ‘s Volnay was the lightest in body with savoury aromas and dark cherries, New Zealand’s offering was Delta’s Hatters Hill Pinot. I have tasted this wine many a time and last night it was truly delicious. The 2008 vintage has really come out of its shell with yummy fresh summer fruit and undertones of spice. Yummy YUMMY. The last in the flight was Shaw and Smith’s Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills. Denser in colour and driven more by sweet fruit than savoury spice it is the most full-bodied of the three.

Most people love the taste of Chianti without ever knowing what the magic ingredient is that makes it so delicious – the grape Sangiovese! Widely grown across the Tuscan hills it produces wines with cherry and raspberry aromas, herbaceous tones, refreshing acidity and ripe tannins. Good Chianti is a wonderful thing and we experienced two delicious interpretations last night. Poggiotondo Chianti Superiore and Greenstone Sangiovese. My preference is for the richer, full bodied Aussie number which had aged well with soft fine tannins and lots of fruit whist other liked the softer and more delicate Italian one.

Just a quick update on the next session of wine tastings!

April Tastings

April 13th  – The Malbecs of Argentina and France
April 20th – New Zealand
April 27th – Barossa Valley v Rhone Valley – Shiraz on 2 continents.

Summer Wine Tasting Sessions

25th May: Summer Rose
1st June: Summer Whites
8th June: Summer Reds
15th June: Summer Sparklers
22nd June: Organic and Biodynamic Wine – tasting the difference

Visit our website for more details or contact Michelle Lawlor at 01 678 7867 / wineclub@elywinebar.com
Thanks for reading!

Stockists for the wines are as follows!

Stockists

Mitchells, Glasthule & IFSC

Fallon & Byrne, Dublin 2

Jus De Vine, Portmarnock

Red Island Wine Co, Skerries

Sweeneys, Glasnevin

64 Wine, Glasthule

On the Grapevine, Dalkey

Drinkstore, Manor St

Next Door, Enfield

Callans, Dundalk

Red Nose Wine, Clonmel

Redmonds of Ranelagh

Terroirs, Donnybrook

Donnybrook Fair

Corkscrew, Dublin 2

Celtic Whiskey Shop, Dublin 2

The Vineyard, Galway

World Wide Wines, Waterford

Wine tasting in Dublin – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Burgundy

On Wednesday night at ely winebar we tasted through some of the great wines of  Burgundy with Conor Richardson of Burgundy Direct.

We looked at 5 wines from the region: 2 white and 3 red to illustrate the value and style available from the region.

  1. Bourgogne, Jean Grivot, 2007 (Rouge)
  2. Macon Solutre ‘Les Clos’, Domaine des Gerbeaux 2010
  3. Pouilly Fuisse, Domaine des Gerbeaux 2009
  4. Vosne Romanee ‘Bossieres’, Domaine Jean Grivot 2006
  5. Gevrey Chambertin, Christian Serafin 2003

Conor proposed an interesting tasting order – Starting first with a red rather than the whites! Why? So as not to attack our palate with the acidity, but rather to caress it with silky tannins and gentle red fruit. It was a stroke of genius –  Jean Grivot Bourgogne is from the commune of Vosne Romanee  and makes the perfect aperitif. The 2007 vintage is beautiful in youth with elegant fruit aromas of red and morello cherries, strawberries and raspberries. Conor assured us that it was the perfect way to relax after a hard days work.

Macon Solutre 'Les Clos' 2010

After our aperitif we began the tasting. Fresh from the vineyard, our tasters were some of the first people to take a look at the 2010 vintage of the Macon Solutre from Domaine Gerbeaux.  The white wines of Macon are made from Chardonnay and generally have bright, simple fruit, fresh acidity and are unoaked. The Macon Solutre was absolutely stunning and a real crowd pleaser. Unoaked, elegant and brimming with minerality it has great intensity and depth of lemony citrus characters, ripe apples and melons. It was the surprise of the night. Whereas the Macon Solutre is unoaked with lovely apple characteristics, the Pouilly Fuisse oozes with rich, creamy oak and tropical fruit. Not for the faint hearted this Pouilly Fuisse has lots of body and depth with layers of sweet and savoury oak. Pouilly Fuisse certainly offers exceptional value for money for those who like robust Chardonnay.

Jean Grivot Bougogne

The red wines of Burgundy are made from 100% Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is notoriously difficult to grow, disliking hot weather and susceptible to rot, it takes a lot of work in the vineyard and crafting in the winery to make these sumptuous sweet, earthy wines.
Vosne Romanee produces elegant, delicately perfumed and fragrant red wines and the Jean Grivot ‘Bossieres’ 2006 is no exception! Light in colour and body it has layers of red fruits, spice and earthy tones with a deliciously velvety mouthfeel – this was one of the favourites of the night! We then moved on the Gevrey Chambertin 2003 from Christian Serafin. 2003 was a very hot and difficult vintage. The crop was half the normal size due to dehydration of the grapes.You have to be a very skilled winemaker to produce a good wine in such extreme conditiond and Christian Serafin has done a great job.  The vintage conditions lead to a robust full-bodied Pinot with very concentrated ripe,  fruit flavours.

Vosne Romanee

Although everybody had their favourites, what the tasters really enjoyed was the opportunityh to taste 3 reds from the same region and the same grape variety that varied greatly in style!

If you would like to know where you can buy any of the delicious wines mentioned  or any other greats from Burgundy please contact Conor Richardson at info@burgundydirect.ie.

For more information on up coming tastings please visit our website or contact Michelle Lawlor on 01 678 7867 or wineclub@elywinebar.com

Thanks for reading!

USA wine night: Cheeseburgers and Pinot Noir!

The final in our Autumn wine tasting evenings was held last night.

We tasted the Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling from Washington which was delicious. Absolutely brimming with fruit character and ever so slightly off dry with fresh acidity, it was perfect with the lemon sole we served up. So many people run a mile at the mention of Riesling, but this example is sure to convert any doubters! We then tasted the best of USA reds served up with our famous organic burgers: Erath Pinot Noir from Oregon, Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot from Washington State and the cult classic and much coveted Stag’s Leap ‘Artimus’ Cabernet from Napa Valley. Each wine brought something special to the table, the Pinot had gentle aromas of cherry fruit and spice whilst the Merlot, which we all agreed was outstanding value for money, has a velvety smooth texture, excellent weight and was brimming with plummy fruit characters, chocolate and caramel aromas. It really was pleasure in a glass! To celebrate the end of our tasting evenings for 2010 we opened a few bottles of the ‘Artimus’ Cabernet from Stag’s Leap. A ripple of excitement spread across the room when everyone saw Stag’s Leap on the tasting sheet and it did not disappoint. Dark and intense, with layers of cassis fruits, wood, smoke, cedar and spice. Dare I say it was better than the Pauillac we tasted last week (but only marginally!!)!

Lot’s of happy wine tasters left ely wine bar last night eagerly awaiting news of the agenda for Spring. Watch this space, we will be finalising details in the coming weeks and will have some of the best winemakers in the world – no exaggerating – at ely.

We must pay a special thanks to Dale Gatcum who works for Stag’s Leap and Chateau Ste Michelle. He spent the evening giving us history on the wines and sharing some of the secrets behind their success: Thanks Dale!

See elywinebar.com for more details.

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