Woodberrys Goes ‘By The Glass’

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Join us for a special one of event as part of the 2nd Galway Food Festival. For one night only Woodberrys goes by the Glass with proceeds going to Croí. On the evening we will have a selection of unique wines and staff favourites open and availble by the glass. So after a day of Food talks, Demos and tastings why not pop into Galway’s Newest ‘Wine Bar’*, and relax with a glass of wonderful wine.

*FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY
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Galway Food Festival 2013

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Food Festival 2013

The Galway Food Festival is back for a second year and we are proud to be involved with such a wonderful event. Our Tasting were so popular last year that we have decided to add a third tasting on the Thursday evening and as much as we’d love to do something on Friday evening it is Good Friday, our only Friday off all year! This years tastings include Australia: The Next Chapterr, where we will display Australia’s wonderful array of Aussie wines and prove that they have certainly moved on from Blockbuster Shiraz and Oaky Chardonnay.  See what the latest trends in this wonderful wine-producing country and a few treats as to whats on the Horizon. Our second tasting is Italy: Tip to Toe, Italy is a very unique nation when it comes to wine with over grape varieties planted. Wine is produced in all 20 regions of this country from Piedmont in the North West to Puglia in the South West, we endeavour to take you on a Journey through some of Italy’s best and most interesting wines. And finally our hugely popular tasting from last year is back with an even more Irish Twist. We will be matching a selection of Artisan Irish Chocolates with wines on Easter Sunday. Last years favourite was our White Chocolate and wine combo, so this is an event not to be missed.

Also keep an eye on the blog here for information about a very special event on Saturday evening…..

Happy Mothers Day

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Not all moms enjoy a glass of wine, but those who do will appreciate our selection of top 5 Mother’s Day wines. We’ve chosen a sparkler, a red, a white and a rosé, as well as a bottles on the sweeter side. Bring a bottle as a gift for mam to enjoy later or to share during a meal together.


  1) Mionetto Sergio Spumante, Italy €21.95

Lovely as and aperitif, perfect for celebrations, and an exquisite partner to the most delicate and sophisticated dishes.70% Prosecco di Valdobbiadene D.o.c.g and a 30% blend of local varieties. This sparkling wine honors the traditions of the Veneto winemaking region and the long history of the Mionetto family. Contemporary master vintner Sergio Mionetto produces this wine based on a formula handed down by Francesco Mionetto, who founded the winery in 1887. A touch of three old grape varieties, unique to the region, is blended with the area’s finest Prosecco grapes; the result is a superbly dry, slightly fruity wine with just a hint of acidic crispness.

2) O’Leary Walker Shiraz 2006, Australia €19.95

David and Nick use  fruit from two of South Australia’s premium grape regions for this Shiraz. The Clare Valley component (75%) is all about power, structure and frangrantly perfumed fruit. The McLaren Vale portion (25%) is rich, licorice and chocolaty with a wonderful and sumptuous mouthfeel. These two components combine to produce a very complex wine displaying opulent aromas of mocha, plums, aniseed and spices. The palate is full and broad with deep, dark flavours of blackberries, plums, licorice and coffee, which are intertwined with some seriously good new and older French oak. This is an absolute go to wine.

3) Muller Gruner Veltiner 2011, Austria €12.95

The biggest success story of 2012, this wonderful white has become a staff and customer favourite in less than 12 months no fridge should be without one! Opens up in the nose with a wide range of different fruit aromas including grapefruit, and apple but also tones of garden herbs and excellent minerals. The palate is has beautiful distinction and finesse, delicate nuances of apples and pears in the finish. A wine that will have you coming back for more

4) Rivera ‘Pungirosa’ Rosé 2010, Italy €12.95

Made with 100% Bombino Nero, maybe the most unique red grape variety of the area, Castel Del Monte. Its thin skin, the uneven ripening of its bunches, and the grape’s high juice content, make it ideal for the production of delicate and fresh rosé wines. The only rosé in the area to achieve DOCG status, Italy’s highest award of regional recognition for wine. Fresh and delicate bouquet with notes of rose and cherry; fresh and fruity palate, well balanced by a lingering freshness on the finish.

5) Logan Moscato 2010, Australia €12.95

The 2010 Moscato is white gold. It has a fresh aroma of fruit salad, passion-fruit, pear, rose and grapefruit. The semi sweet palate has an uplifting frizzante with flavors of lychee, apple and ginger and a long lime finish. A wonderful fresh and not sticky sweet dessert wine made by Peter Logan in the style enjoyed by his sister Kylie. This is a wine that you can drink long after the desert has left the table!

Fabulous Fortifieds

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To wrap up our Yalumba Tasting on Monday 18th Jane Ferrari treated us to a bit of Aussie history, back in the day Australia was the Vineyard of an Empire based in the offshore Island. In fact the vineyard of this Empire was quite successful in the production of fortified wines like Port and Sherry, to names which they cannnot for obvious geograpical reasons use on the bottle.  But Yalumba continues to produce a range of delicious fortified wines which include not only the Museum Muscat and Antinque Tawny but also a 21 year Old Tawny and a 50 Year old Tawny.  Yalumba have been making fortifieds since Samuel Smith, founder of Yalumba, first began making wines at his Angaston winery from the fruit of vines he started planting in 1849. Today, Yalumba maintains its reputation for premium quality fortified wines by occasionally releasing very small parcels of show reserve stocks.

The wines we tried on the night where great and turned a lot of heads from those who doubted the pedigree of Australian fortifieds to those who expect nothing but sugar and alcohol. First up was the Museum Muscat,  made predominantly from the brown, red and black sports of the Muscat grape variety. Fermented on skins very briefly to soften and release the juice and flavours from the shrivelled and partially raisined berries. After draining and pressing off skins,neutral grape spirit is added.  The vintage wines are then put aside into small oak barrels to mature, producing a complexity of raisined and fruit cake flavours. After many years of maturation, a selection of older and younger wines are judiciously blended to produce a complexity and balance of fruit and aged characters. The base blend, from which the Museum Muscat is bottled, is regularly re-blended to perpetuate the consistency and complexity of this classic style from year to year. This was an absolute delight but better was to come in the form of the Antique Tawny.

The original Antique Tawnys, made over five decades ago, were blends of old-vine varieties such as Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre and Muscadelle. But since 1985, Portuguese fortified varieties Touriga, Tinta Coa and Tinta Molle have contributed added complexity to the blend, bringing finesse and elegance to this wine. The grapes are crushed and fermented on skins for several days to extract the fruit flavours and build texture. After draining and pressing off skins, the fermentation is arrested by fortification with brandy spirit, which also adds complexity and enhances the depth of flavour.

The vintage wines are then put aside into small oak barrels to mature, turning into the classic tawny style with classic wood aged nuttiness and chocolate flavours. After many years of maturation, a selection of older and younger wines are judiciously blended to produce a complexity and balance of fruit and aged characters. Each year the Antique Tawny base blend is re-blended to perpetuate the consistency and complexity of this classic tawny style from year to year.

This outstanding old dessert wine is deep tawny in colour, with an aroma featuring wood aged rancio, elegant brandy spirit and hints of dried fruits and spices. The palate has a firm rich texture, with chocolate and caramel flavours and a persistent aftertaste of nuts and rancio characters. The fine spirit characters provide a firm balance to the middle palate and excellent drying finish.