Craft beers and cocktails @ ely – Part 4

by Barry Rowan

This week I was going to take a look at some of the stouts/porters. Guinness, one of the most influential and iconic brands within the vintners industry, is something we will not be discussing! We will be looking at some of the other lesser known but, IMO, far superio r stouts that appear on our list. These stouts have far more flavour and complexity in comparison to Guinness and should definitely be explored and discussed.

Ohara_stoutO Hara’s Celtic stout
4.3% abv

This stout has a robust flavour with a full bodied and smooth mouth feel.
The roast flavours lead to a dry espresso like finish. A generous addition of fuggles hops lead to a tart bitterness which mingles with the roast espresso flavours on the tongue.

Try this for a more authentic stout taste.

 

 

 

 

 

old_engineOld Engine Oil
ABV6%

This beer from the Harviston brewery in the Uk is a real winner.
Probably the first “other” stout that I really appreciated. This pens its name from the consistency of the beer. Thick, rich and dense in appearance and taste, this stout has it all. Lush sweetness carries chocolate and coffee flavours to the beholder and the punchy alcohol and subtle bitterness cleans your mouth out and leaves you wanting more.

 

 

 

 

tavernTavern porter
ABV 4.7%

Made in the UK by the Thwaites brewery, this is a medium bodied porter.
It has all the usual stuff that is associated with porter; coffee, liquorice and chocolate but it has a good carbonation to it, which makes it light and drinkable. I always find with this beer, that it’s best enjoyed when it begins to come to room temperature.

Definitely a beer to have in front of the fire or enjoyed while reading a book

 

 

 

OharaO hara’s Leann Follain
ABV6%

This is a double stout, which means that it has a higher percentage of alcohol and a bit more body. However, this is certainly a diferrent beer to the celtic stout that O’Hara’s brews. This is higher in alcohol and does have more body, but it’s also sweeter and far more balanced than it’s little brother. It’s like the recipe has been reduced down to be made more concentraded. This is much better enjoyed slightly below room temperature to allow it’s flavours to open up and be appreciated.

 

 

 

StPetersburgSt Petersburg Russian Imperial Stout
7.4%ABV

This is an excellent beer and excellent style of beer. There aren’t many of these around and you should always make sure to try a Russian Imperial Stout at some point. The Thornbridge brewery has become one of the most awarded brewery’s in the UK. This stout doesn’t disappoint either. It’s power may put some of you off in terms of its potency, but it actually is a flavoursome, round beer which can be good for just sipping on, but as a beer “enthusiast” this holds its own in terms of complexity.

ely wines for Summer #010 – Final part!

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Here goes a recap on some of the wines we’ve featured over the last couple of weeks. I’ve attached the list of wines below- hopefully you had an opportunity to try at least some of them. If you haven’t, don’t worry- there is plenty of time left in this summer, and many of these wines are ely favourites, so they might be around into autumn.

What will I be drinking for the rest of the summer- well, in moderate quantities (obviously) and in no particular order…

German Riesling must be the ultimate summer wine, low in alcohol, crisp, fresh and with perfect fruit/acid balance. My #1 choice.

Italian whites – Italy is producing some wonderful white wines from native varieties which have far more character than you may have come to expect from Italian whites. Look out for-Pinot Bianco, Gavi, Lugana, Soave, Vermentino, Verdicchio, Falanghina, Fiano, Greco and Grillo.  And when you’ve done them, try Favorita, Erbaluce, Fruliano, Grechetto, Pecorino, Inzolia, Catarratto and Zibibbio. When you done with all of them, give me a shout and I’ll list some more!

Look east! We are finally starting to see more and more wines from Eastern Europe on our shelves, and some are mighty impressive. For whites in particular look to Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia and Greece.

Lighter reds . Sounds obvious for summer, but where to look? Well start with the stunning Pinots from Germany and Northern Italy- there is one of each listed below.  Beaujolais may be struggling to regain the reputation it once had, but that is usually when they start making their best wines- a simple Beaujolais villages , served cool, in the garden with lunch or a light dinner makes for a perfect summer evening.

Sherry, Sherry,Sherry. Did I mention Sherry? It may still have its detractors, but its (fanatical) followers are getting louder and louder. Fino or Manzanilla, well chilled, with some straight-forward nibbles – olives, cured meats etc.  – is a match made in winey heaven.

ely wines for summer 2014:

Paparuda Pinot Noir, Timisoara, Romania 2012

Raphael Palacios ‘Bolo’ Godello, Valdeorras, Spain 2013

Wagner Stempel Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany 2013

Franz Haas Pinot Nero, Alto-Adige, Italy 2010

Nyetimber English 2009 Classic Cuvee

Domaine Decelle-Villa Cote de Brouilly, Burgundy, France 2012

Cullen Sauvignon Blanc Semillon ‘Mangan Vineyard’, Margaret River, Western Australia 2011

G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d’Alba, Langhe, Piemonte 2012

Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet, Coteaux du Languedoc 2013

Taittinger Champagne NV, France

Broglia la Meirana Gavi di Gavi, Italy 2013

Les Deux Cols ‘Cuvee Alize’ Cotes du Rhone, France 2012

Lucien Crochet ‘Le Chene’ Sancerre 2012

Domaine de Millet rosé Cotes de Gascogne 2013

Wagner Stempel Spätburgunder, Rheinhessen, Germany 2012

Hernando y Souridais ‘Antidoto’ Ribera del Duero, Spain 2011

Meursault ‘Les Vireuils’ Domaine Chavy-Chouet 2010

Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009

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

 

ely wines for Summer #009

In celebrating Bastille Day (week) we have chosen a couple of French classics for this week! We appreciate that these are at the higher end of the price spectrum, but they are an absolute treat!

Meursault ‘Les Vireuils’ Domaine Chavy-Chouet 2010

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Romaric Chavy is the 7th generation of his family to run this winery. Their vineyards are evenly divided between Meursault and Puligny Montrachet with holdings in many of the finest vineyards in both. Romaric has a clear vision of the style of wines he wants to produce, with the emphasis on freshness rather than creaminess, and minerality over oak. As a result, the wines see only 25-30% new oak, and minimum battonage. The 2010 ‘Les Vireuils’ is a perfect example of his vision- the nose is subtle yet complex, with aromas of white flower and citrus. The influence of the oak only becomes apparent on the palate, not as a flavour but as texture, rounding out the lemon-fresh streak. As the wine opens, the inherent richness of Meursault becomes more apparent, but never overcomes the precision and finesse of this superb wine. Just try to drink it slowly.

With food… Go all out and have a bottle of this with the amazing seafood platter in ely Winebar. Lobster- check… Dingle Bay brown crab.. check.. Carlingford oysters, prawn cocktail, tempura squid and much more.

 

Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009

Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Chateauneuf-du-Pape might not strike you as a summer wine, and in most cases you’d probably be right. In fact, it’s a wine that many of us associate with winter, or even Christmas. But that doesn’t have to be the case. While some Chateauneuf is big and burly- all power and strength – there are some which are much more refined. Janasse is one of the latter. Put simply, it reminds us of why Chateauneuf-du-Pape is held in such high esteem. A blend of 80% Grenache with 10% each of Syrah and Mourvédre, its defining characteristics are elegance, purity and concentration. There are more famous names and more expensive wines produced in this region, but none match Janasse for quality, consistency and value.

With food…. Just keep it simple. Have some organic Burren beef from our family farm. A 28 day dry-aged fillet with mushroom wellington and horseradish mash in ely Bar & Brasserie should do the trick!

Check out the 8 previous parts of ely wines for Summer 2014:

ely wines for Summer #001

ely wines for Summer #002

ely wines for Summer #003

ely wines for Summer #004

ely wines for Summer #005

ely wines for Summer #006

ely wines for Summer #007

ely wines for Summer #008

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

Castell d’Encus Tharlan 2010

From Costers del Segre in the far north east of Spain, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, at an altitude ranging from 800-1000m, Castell d’Encus is making extraordinarily elegant wines. From the intense Ekam Riesling, the refined Cabernet based Quest to the almost Pinot like Tharlan which is in fact 100% Syrah. Grown at 1000m in cool conditions and fermented in rock vats and stainless steel and then aged in French oak, this is a very subtle and restrained Syrah.

The site was first established by monks in 1100 and since identified for its outstanding potential given the high altitude, meaning less problems of high sugar levels and low acidity in the grapes, and also better development of flavour and aromas. The Tharlan is bright and ripe, without being over the top. This is an exciting new style of Spanish red.

Press Reviews: 95 points, Robert Parker’s ‘The Wine Advocate:

image“The brilliant 2010 Thalarn is a pure Syrah that is partially fermented in rock vessels and stainless steel and aged in barrel for 10 months in 70% new oak. It has an incredibly intense bouquet of small black cherries, cassis, blueberry and a touch of peppercorn that is very well-defined, but extremely primal.

The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins and a satin-like texture. It possesses outstanding focus and precision plus wonderful minerality and clarity towards the finish that exudes finesse, handling the new oak so that you barely notice it. This is an exceptional Syrah that should age magnificently.”

Exclusive to ely wine bar in Ely Place.

We’ve just received 3 cases of this superb wine and it’s highly unlikely that we will see it again in Ireland given its limited production and international acclaim. You won’t find it anywhere else in Ireland and if you like the subtleties of Burgundy and the flavours of the Northern Rhone then this is a wine for you.

For more information please visit www.elywinebar.com 

ely’s cookery course in Dublin: How to host the perfect dinner party

 

 ely’s cookery school – sharing chef skills

‘Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilised pleasures’ Michael Broadbent

Improve your culinary skills in 2012. Our cookery school teaches essential kitchen techniques and recipes used daily in our 3 restaurants, to bring the ely experience home. Our cookery course is one with a difference: we’ll not only teach you chef skills, award winning sommelier, Ian Brosnan, will do a food and wine matching lesson each evening so you can taste the perfect wines with the evening’s dishes!

From the beginning the ethos at ely has been simple: we want to serve good quality, simple food that works well with our wine list. Focusing on using locally sourced and seasonal produce in a creative and fun way, Ryan Stringer, our Executive Head Chef, will demonstrate how to prepare and cook a 3 course meal using the best of Irish produce.  Ryan will guide you through the process from sourcing the raw ingredients, preparation, timing and presentation of your dish. So whether it’s selecting the right cut of meat and doing it justice or mastering the art of the pastry chef, ely’s cookery school has something for everyone!

ely has always prided itself on its award winning wine list. After the demonstration, we’ll serve up the prepared dishes whilst Ian Brosnan, award-winning sommelier, presents the ideal white and red wines to serve with your food, explaining the principles of food and wine matching.

Wednesday 18th January:    Skillful Starters
Wednesday 25th January:    Main Course Perfection
Wednesday 1st February:     Delicious Desserts

Venue: ely bar & brasserie, IFSC
Time: 7pm sharp
Price: €45 per head, per night

Book for all 3 and receive a complimentary copy of ely’s cookbook.

To make a booking or for more information please contact wineclub@elywinebar.com or call 01 678 7867.

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!

Wednesday night at ely winebar, Dublin, is wine tasting night!

Our Autumn wine tastings schedule:

28th September: Key Italian Red Grapes (€35 per head)
5th October: The Wines of Alsace (€35 per head)
12th October: Cabernet Sauvignon – Bordeaux vs the World (€40 per head)
19th October: Spain (€35 per head)
26th October: Great Christmas reds (€40 per head)
9th November: Great Christmas Whites and Sparklers (€40 per head)

Each week we’ll taste a selection of wines from the given theme and serve a supper dish to match the wines. All tastings are held at ely wine bar, 22 Ely Place and start at 6.45 sharp. To make your reservation please contact wineclub@elywinebar.com or call 01 676 8986.

Wine tasting in Dublin, September 2011

The BIG tasting, 22nd September 2011

Taste over 70 wines from across the globe at ely‘s BIG wine tasting.  Our February tasting was such a great success that we’ve decided to do it again. Experts will be on hand to guide you through the tasting and you can taste as many or as few as you like. We will also have a selection of artisan beers, ales and ciders at the tasting to get you in the mood for Oktober fest in Georges Dock. This is a great way to kick-start the weekend and a fantastic opportunity to taste some of the great wines of the world.

Tickets: €20
Venue: ely bar & brasserie
Time: 6pm and 8pm

Contact wineclub@elywinebar.com or phone 01 678 7867 to make a booking.

Wine Course in Dublin September 2011

Our Spring Wine Appreciation Course has now finished and there’s a troop of ely tasters who have newly acquired tasting skills that they want to put into practice.  What they truly enjoyed was moving away from their default wine like Rioja or Sauvignon Blanc and having the confidence to  explore the many varieties and styles available are on the market.

Throughout the course we tasted over 40 different wines ranging in price from €15-€45 RRP from all corners of the globe. We serve supper as part of the course, and always explore how the individual wines match the dishes each week to build up some first hand experience of food and wine matching.

We are taking a break for the summer and will start again in September. Please visit our website for more information and to book your place or you can email us on wineclub@elywinebar.com.

Customer reviews of the ely winebar appreciation course

I wanted to say thanks for a fantastic wine course.
The pace, content and atmosphere were all excellent.  You presented great information in a relaxed accessible way – a real pleasure.  I miss it on a Tuesday now! As my wife is from France, we typically stick to French wine bringing lots of French wine home from France.  So it was great to learn about good wines from elsewhere.
Enda McDonnell

I have been looking for some time to join a wine tasting course, something enjoyable and not exam focussed for an after-work evening…… From the outset, our host, Michelle Lawlor of Ely made a special effort to welcome the group and encourage suggestions and feedback on the various wines tasted over each night. At a minimum, we sampled 6 wines from various regions and different grape varieties per night. Michelle ensured to introduce us to wines which were not only good value but were something different and out of the ordinary selection that one might be inclined to choose or pick up in the local supermarket.
Ely’s wine tasting programme was exceptional, delivered on variety and extremely good value. Supper was provided and we were all very well catered for, including those of us who were vegetarian. We were introduced to many different wines and regions and I have come along way from my narrow selection of a Chablis, Sancerre or Rioja. Very enjoyable course and congrats to our host Michelle who really made a huge effort to welcome us and educate us on the various wines together with some great stories along the way. A great social event with a good mix of characters, we geled well together and can’t wait to sign up for the next course. Thoroughly recommend!!
Dee McManus

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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