three of the top 5 spots in the best wine bar section on Sbpost

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We at ely restaurants are delighted to have taken three of the top 5 spots in the best wine bar section, with ely winebar topping the list once again, ely bar & brasserie in the IFSC second and ely gastro pub in fifth place.
We are also delighted to see so many of our suppliers and friends also getting the recognition they deserve, such as Simon TyrellFebvre and Liberty Wines among the best importers, Le Caveau wine merchantsWicklow wine company, The Corkscrew and Mitchell and son as best merchants, and Wines Direct and the The  Winestore for their fantastic websites.

Tomas Clancy writes:

Thomas Clancy 001ely maintains its top place again this year. It shines in its wine masterclasses, delicious food
and world-class selection of wines. Added to this are thoughtful, attentive and knowledgeable
owners, and staff who seem to love what they are doing.

Cheers to that!

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Two new additions to the ely family for 2013

Our New Year’s resolution ? To drink differently…..Ian Brosnan - ely winebar

Here at ely restaurants we’ve started the new year as we mean to continue, namely by sourcing new, exciting wines that represent both quality and value.
We also believe that 2013 will be the year of the ‘little grape’, wines from unconventional grapes and lesser known regions will come to the fore because they will be able to offer genuine drinking pleasure at affordable prices. With that in mind, we will be on a mission, searching the forgotten corners of the wine world for interesting varieties and styles, while also seeking out the very best value from the more recognisable regions.

Here are two for you to start with – both are available in all three ely venues.

It costs €26 by the bottle or €6.50  by the glass, and don’t forget we pour 4 glasses to the bottle !

1. Simon Joseph Cote du Rhone ‘Les Vignes Paralleles’ 2011

Simone Joseph001Equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, this is a classic southern Rhone blend. The grapes are sourced just southwest of Avignon, in the region of the Gard – an area renowned for quality fruit and elegant wines. Bursting with fresh dark cherry on the nose, followed by plum and bramble fruit on the palate. The Grenache provides a lingering, white pepper spiciness, while the gentle tannins and fresh acidity carry the flavours through a long satisfying finish. Hugely versatile, it can be enjoyed by itself, but pairs wonderfully with lamb and game.

Loinel Osmin Pyrène ‘Cuvee marine’ 2011

2. Loinel Osmin Pyrène ‘Cuvee marine’ 2011

Another blend of three, this time Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc and Gros Manseng. The vineyards are spread between the Cote de Gascgogne and Gaillac in the south west of France. While Sauvignon Blanc enjoys widespread fame on its own, this blend is traditional in these parts of France. On the nose there is gooseberry and lime, with aromatic lemon on the palate and a strong minerally finish. This wine somehow manages to be full flavoured and fruity, yet still wonderfully crisp and fresh. Refreshingly different !

 

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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

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