Sorry about the delay folks, Galway is a hive of activity these days with the Ocean Race and the 4th of July Celebrations. Here are the dishes and wines tried on Tuesday Evening. A big thank you to all in Kappa Ya and all who attended.

France

1) Boeuf Bourguignon with hatcho miso, & oriental spices                                 

Mas Karolina Cotes Catalanes 2009

Ripe raspberry, menthol &pepper aromas. Full fruit driven palate, with deep dark fruit flavours.

2) Quiche with white miso, banana, mushroom, Gingko nut & Bacon or Chicken                          

Closerie Des Alisiers St. Verán 2010 €17.95 on sale @€15

Honey and butterscotch aromas over crisp citrus fruit. Delightful crisp palate with a hint of minerality.

3) Ratatouille with Umeboshi, ginger & Japanese pepper                                          

Ferme St. Antonin Cotes Cour 2009 €14.95 on sale @€12.50

The nose explodes with aromas of sweet fruit compote. Very intense fruity palate with a hint of spice and pepper.

4) Cod and onion Gratin with mashed potatoes, Camembert and Sakura                        

Les Chaffines Touraine 2010 €14.95 on sale @ €12.95

Aromatic white with nuances of elderflower, grass and citrus fruits. Refreshing citrus fruits on a crisp finish.

5) White chocolate, Matcha, Delice de Bourgogne & walnut cake                                 

Dopff & Irion Gewurtztraminer 2009 €17.95 on sale @ €15.00

Alluring white with tropical fruits and spice on the nose. Off dry palate of Lychee, mango and pineapple.

Spain

1) Tamagoyaki with carrot, tofu, spinach & Japanese pepper                                                 

Finca Remendio Verdejo 2010 €12.95 on sale @ €10.00

Hints of apples and freshly cut grass on the nose. The palate is clean and fresh with notes of lime, granny smith and tropical fruit.

2) Mixed vegetable Tempura                                                    

Altes Garnacha Negra 2010 €12.95 on sale @ €10.00

Raspberries and cherries leap from the glass. Plenty of ripe red fruits on the palate with nice sweet tannins.

3) Squid and squid ink Paella                                                      

Altes ‘Benufet’ Garnacha Blanca 2010 €14.95 on sale @ €12.50

Delicate mineral note to the nose of this wine, with tropical white fruit notes. Crisp in the mouth with lots of fresh citrus and white fruits.

4) Patatas bravas with spicy whiting Roe                               

Palacio De Verano Crianza 2008 €14.95 on sale @ €12.50

Hints of spice and vanilla over red berry fruit on the nose. The palate is soft and silky with good structure.

5) Octopus salad with cucumber & Wakame

Vina Toén Godello Treidura 2010 €14.95 on sale @ €10.00

The nose has hints of white flowers and notes of citrus fruit. Full bodied but fresh this wine displays an excellent fruit driven palate.