Greenhough Tasting

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Last Monday evening we were delighted to have Andrew Greenghough from Greenhough Wines in New Zealand in the shop for a private tasting. We had a great turn out with people literally sitting in every corner! Andrew guided us through a selection of his whites and reds and a few treats too.

First up was the Riesling:

2011 Nelson Riesling This was the favourite of the crowd, lovely nose of sweet green apple and mandarin. Rich sweet citrus on the palate with a lingering finish. The nose also had a slight kerosene edge that Andrew mentioned he wasn’t a fan of but which didn’t seem to detract from people’s likes.

2012 Nelson Riesling I Loved this! The 2012 wine hade more crisp acidity on the palate a fresher cleaner citrus lime/mandarin note. From a much cooler vintage than the previous wine. The crisp acidity and minerality give this wine a very fresh clean finish.

Next we hit the New Zealand Classic Sauvignon Blanc:

2011 Nelson Sauvignon Blanc has slightly ‘sweet’  passion fruit and tropical aromas, leading into a classy wine. Very mouthfilling, it is fruity, with ripe tropical-fruit flavours, showing lovely delicacy and richness, finely balanced acidity, and a long, slightly spicy, dry finish. Again the older more rounded wine was the favourite.

2012 Nelson Sauvignon Blanc punchy with vital  fresh  passion and citrus fruits over a hint of gooseberry and grassy-ness. Zesty and fresh on the palate with crisp tropical and citrus fruits and nice mineral edge. Absolute classic. Beats Sancerre any day!

Then the Pinot Blanc:

2010 ‘Hope Vineyard’ Pinot Blanc Subdued nose with slight hints of pear, apple and oaky spice. It’s very full-bodied, weighty, complex and rich, with deep peach, pear and spice flavours, slightly buttery and savoury. A wine that split the room,  this is certainly a food wine!

Next was the Reds:

2007 Nelson Pinot Noir Ripe dark and medium red cherry aromas, ripe cranberry and floral notes. The palate was juicy with fleshy cherry flavours and notes of strawberry and raspberry,  and light unobtrusive oak spice.

2010 Nelson Pinot Noir Intense red cherry and pomegranate aromas with hints of clove. Very Ripe and young style plenty of fruit flavours and structure from tannin. A wine that will mature nicely.

2003 ‘Hope Vineyard’ Pinot Noir** Very expressive nose despite being 10 years old,  with juniper berry, star anise and thyme. Berries is the theme of the seductive palate with complimentary fruit compot.  A vibrant mineral freshness adds life and elegance to the mouthfeel.  Soft silky tannins on the long lingering  finish  with notes of savoury berries, liquorice, subtle oak spice.

And finally the Desert:

2012 Noble Riesling Typical nose of botrytised Riesling citrus and apricot and peach. Lovely fresh and zesty palate and finish. Delightful desert wine that you could drink a whole bottle of in no time!!! Lovely and luscious!!

**Not Available for sale. This stock is from the shops tasting reserves.


Tutored Tasting with Nick Walker

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So Heres the Deal:

Tutored Tasting Wednesday 25th September 8pm in store.

Nick Walker from O’Leary Walker Wines will guide us through a selection of their wines including some vertical tastings of different vintages of the same wine along with some rare back vintages. We have spied bottles of 2003 Shiraz, and some of the Multi Award Winning 2004 Watervale Riesling, down in the cellar and they might make an appearance on the night!

Entry is €5

For any further information or queries drop us an email, or give us a call on 091-533706

Can’t make it, we have a few spaces left for our Logan Tasting Dinner in Kappa Ya on Friday 27th September.

September Wine Tastings

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Private Tasting with Andrew Greenhough

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Greenhough jpgLast minute we know but Andrew is in London at the weekend and decided, why not visit the Emerald Isle while I’m this close! So he rang us up and told us he’d be in Galway next Monday, and would love to do a tasting with the good folks of Galway (& beyond!).

So Heres the Deal:

Private Tasting Monday 16th September 8pm in store.

Andrew Greenhough will guide us through a selection of his wines including some vertical tastings of wines like his ever popular Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Noir. We’ll also have some of his fabulous ‘Hope Vineyard’ wines open on the night including the staff favourite Pinot Blanc.

Entry is €5

For more info contact Tadhg, John or George on 091-533706 or via email


Food & Wine Tasting

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We’re delighted to welcome back Peter Logan of Logan Wines this month. In conjunction with our neighbours in Kappa Ya Japanese Restaurant, Peter will be guiding us trough a selection of wines which will be paired with some great Japanese and Japanese inspired dishes. Tickets for this wonderful evening’s food & wine tasting are €35 per person or €60 for 2 people.  Tickets can be order via email, or over the phone on 091-533706.

Spaces are limited.

For any further information or queries drop us an email, or give us a call on 091-533706

Hurray for Monterrei

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The Monterrei wine region is situated in the province of Orense in Galicia in North west Spain. The region covers an area of 720 hectares on the Portuguese Border. The name Monterrei means the king’s mountain. The best spot to view the region’s vineyards is from the hilltop fortress at the town of Monterrei which was used to fend off the Portuguese in the 17th century. The influence of the Atlantic isn’t as important in here as in coastal Rias Biaxas, and both red and white wine can be made. Most of the vineyards are along the slope lining the river the River Támega. Winemaking has traditionally focused on white grapes, and impressive whites come from the Godello or Treixadura grapes. Red wines, mostly from Mencía and increasingly Tempranillo, are emerging with greater complexity from some of the recently established producers.

The Monterrei DO is Galicia’s most recent having been created just over a decade ago and the region consists of 22 vineyards (Bodegas), which produce 1 millon liter of wine annually.

  • Vina Toén Godello Treixadura 2011 €14.95

Intense yet delicate fresh flavours of recently picked flowers, fleshy apple and citrus. The elegant palate combines crisp lemon and fresh apple with subtle warm spicy notes. This classy wine provides a vivid and persistent finish.

  • Terra do Gargalo Mencía Tempranillo 2010 €16.95

Cherry red color with ruby border. Red berry aromas and hint of vanilla and cinnamon. Notes of red fruit, blueberries and sloe berries. Pleasant and fruity finish.Elegant flavor with soft tannins. Balanced and glamorous. Smooth, balanced and delicious.

  • Terra do Gargalo Godello Treixadura Sobre Lías 2010 €19.95

This wine is made by selecting the best grapes from the varieties Treixadura and Godello. The wine continues on lees for months, making for a complex final product which is full of hues, large, and very persistent. Intense notes of white fruit, touches of fresh grass, boxwood, fine lees, complex, substantial, enveloping, balanced, delicate harmony, persistent, good acidity and delicious bitterness prolongs