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

ely wine tastings and winemaker dinners 2012

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Each week a guest speaker will present a selection if 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 6.45pm sharp.

Sparkling wines of the world: Thursday June 21st pay here

From Prosecco and Cava to Champagne and beyond; an insightful look into the sparkling wines of the world, how they are made and why they are different…. and how to spot a sparkling bargain when you see one!

Cost €40 pay here

The wines of Alsace with Jean Trimbach:  Monday July 2nd pay here
Established in1626, Trimbach are one of the legendary names in French wine. Jean Trimbach himself will be on hand to guide us through the wonderful varieties and wines of Alsace, including two vintages of one of France’s greatest white wines- Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling.

Cost €40 pay here

Red wines of Burgundy:  Thursday July 12th pay here

Burgundy can be the most complicated of all regions- despite using only one grape!

One of Ireland’s foremost Burgundy experts Charles Derrain will present a class on navigating the minefield that is Burgundian reds- covering winemakers, villages and vintages.

Cost €45 pay here

Australia- Thursday  July 26th pay here

No country in the ‘New World’ as embraced regionality more than Australia, and the result is a new generation of wines that express  distinctive,  characteristics. Along with John McDonnell of Wine Australia, we will compare(and contrast!) the great wine regions of Margaret River, Victoria and Barossa.

Cost €40 pay here

Germany & Austria-  Thursday August 9th pay here

Two of the most underappreciated wine making countries in Europe will be showing off their finest exports, Riesling and Gruner Veltliner. If you’re fan of serious white wines this is one you will not want to miss.

Cost €35 pay here

White wines of Italy: Thursday August 23rd pay here

Italy has recently become home to some of the most exciting white wines on the market, the majority of which come from relatively unknown native grapes like Falanghina, Greco, Trebbiano, Garganega, Cortese and many others. We will cover Italy north to south, looking at the best of these wonderfully diverse wines.

Cost €35 pay here

Winemakers Dinner-Barolo and wines of Piedmont  with Giuseppe Vajra… Thursday  September 6th pay here

Aldo Vajra is a traditionalist, saying that “traditional wines are more elegant, with more delicate perfumes and offering more pleasure at the table.”  His wines aim not for the power found in some Barolo, but for texture, a Burgundian intensity and a purity of flavour that makes them stand out in Barolo.  Join us for a tasting of these remarkable wines, which will be enjoyed-as they should be- over dinner.

Cost €60 pay here

Time: All tastings start at 7pm and take place in ely bar & brasserie, IFSC unless otherwise stated. All wine tasting evenings include supper, which will be chosen to complement the wines being tasted.

To make a booking or for more information please contact wineclub@elywinebar.com or call 01 676 8986.

Wine tastings and wine courses in Dublin 2011

Just a quick update on upcoming events

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

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