Chenin Blanc; something for the Adventurous

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The largest producer of Chenin Blanc is South Africa (around 50% of all plantings), however it originates from France and there are many great examples of it in the Loire. But the South Africans have taken to it as their national white grape. This doesn’t mean it is always treated with the respect it deserves! It often over cropped and blend to make cheap bulk wines. The wine is usually made into 2 styles a dry style with lots of tart pear and apple notes and some ginger spice and a slightly off dry style, with richer flavors of ripe pear, passion fruit, and honeycomb.

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Mulderboscch ‘Steen op Hout’ Chenin Blanc 2017 €17.95
Sourced from mature vines grown predominantly in Stellenbosch, with one component being grown in Darling. This is a great example of richly flavoured Chenin Blanc from an excellent vintage. It has wonderful ripeness yet retains freshness and vibrancy from the first nose right through to the lasting finish. Ripe tropical aromas of mango, pineapple and papaya are lifted by a crisp, refreshing apple note. The palate is defined by a delicious fine mineral texture leading onto a succulent mid-palate. The final impression is one of a full flavoured, yet precisely poised Chenin Blanc. Equally lovely with roast chicken as with baked fish or just pair with good friends

 

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LOVE MALBEC YOU NEED TO TRY THIS…

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ACUMAMalbec, and particularly Argentinian Malbec is known for being rich, dark and full-bodied with red fruit flavours, woody notes and even a hint of chocolate. If this style is for you, try another grape, known as Monastrell in Spain. Ego Bodegas ‘Acuma’ 2017 will give you the richness and tannin you are after to replace your beloved Malbec. It also has Dark cherry red, vigorous. Intense aromas of red and black fruit with a sultry spiciness. The taste is rich and soft, almost velvety. The tannins are fussy and despite the great ripeness, there is plenty of freshness to  keep the wine in balance. This is a Southern Spanish gem from a family-run wine estate that won’t disappoint Malbec-lovers. Currently on offer at €14.95

Azienda Agricola Coffele

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coffele-valpolicella-1In 1971 Giovanna Visco and her husband Giuseppe decided to retire from teaching to breathe new life into Giovanna’s family’s estate: a property with cellars in the old walled village of Soave that had lain dormant for over 30 years.

Today their children, Alberto and Chiara, are in control of the day-to-day running and are the head and heart of the place. They are fully aware that the ingredients for a great wine come from the land itself. Around 30 hectares of immaculate vineyards are planted in the Soave Classico zone around Castelcerino (200-350m above sea level) on perfectly exposed hillsides. For about nearly a decade the winery has been following full certified Biodynamic practices (all natural – minimal intervention – spiritual viticulture) in their vineyards

The garganega grape variety from this location is prized for its ripeness and natural acidity when it ripens slowly, allowing for exceptional flavour development. Coffele’s wines often go a step beyond their peers, with the hard work and careful attention to detail that is given to the vineyards. The grapes are all hand-harvested using multiple passes through the vineyards to ensure picking at the perfect moment of ripeness.

This producer is doing a great job, maintaining standards of Soave that some of their neighbours in the area, with much larger resources, would be proud to achieve. The wines are typically high in finesse with delicate mineral notes.

Most recently, Coffele has expanded into the Valpolicella DOC with the purchase of a small estate in Campiano, and are now producing a Valpolicella and an Amarone.

COFFELE VALPOLICELLA 2017 Full of fruit: sour black cherries, blackberries, and ripe red cherries, with hints of balsam and spice and the slightest suggestion of herbaceousness. The aroma is rich and intense, but with great finesse. It is highly structured, harmonious, and delicate, with a long finish. The refreshing acidity balances out the wine’s alcohol, and the tannins are dense yet fine.

Discover something new about wine!

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Wine School 2

An informal and fun way to discover a whole world of wine!

€160 for 6 Weeks Limited to 10 Places

This course runs for 6 weeks, one evening per week, starting on Tuesday 5th of February . The Wine Appreciation Course will give a comprehensive overview of the wines of the world. The various styles, vintages and the relationship of food and wine will all be covered. Each evening we will sample a selection of wines, notes will be provide. (Should you wish detail information that can be provide also) Each Class begins promptly at 7.30 pm and will run for one hour and half.

Wine School Key Features:

  • Basic tasting techniques including putting words to wine
  • Choosing from a restaurant wine list
  • Tasting the major grape varieties
  • Discovering your favourite styles of wine

The Tasting Schedule

Introduction to French Wines

Introducing the various styles, grapes and wine philosophies of the leading wine producing country in the world. It starts from basics and it covers France’s principal wine regions and grapes.

Introduction To Australian Wines

A country that is emerging from a bit of an identity crisis, now looking to produce regionally distinct wines. We reckon Australia has never made better wines. Come and sample Clare Riesling, Orange Pinot and Mudgee Shiraz among others.

Introduction To Argentinean, Chilean & New Zealand Wines

Much like Australia these countries that boomed for one style of wine and are now looking to attract people with their regionally distinct styles of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc,  Malbec, Carmenere, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling.

Introduction To New Old World

Fairly new entrants to the Irish market Portugal and Austria are fast become a customer favourites with its fruit driven stylish reds and crisp refreshing whites. We will also take in a selection of German wines.

Introduction to Spanish Wines

Spain the trendiest wine country at the minute. This course will acquaint you with Rioja, Rueda and Rias Baixas along with Tempranillo, Albarino and Garnacha.

Introduction to Italian Wines

This will introduce you to some of the major wine regions of Italy, a country that we could focus a whole six week course on and only cover one region. Areas covered will be Piedmont, Valpolicella and Tuscany.

Places can be booked by emailing tadhg@woodberrys.ie or alternatively by calling 091-533706.

The course is sold as a complete 6 week course with full payment of €160 required to secure a place.

Christmas Wine Fair

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Its back for the 16th year our annual Winter Wine Fair. A fantastic opportunity to sample over 100 wines from all over the world at your own pace with knowledgeable and friendly staff on hand to answer and questions you may have. We will have wines open on the evening from Austria, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand Portugal and Spain. We will have the big names like Rioja, Burgundy, Chablis open along with more eclectic wines such as Scheureube and Graciano and Teroldego.

Not to be missed if you’re a wine lover! Grab your ticket, which will be reimbursed as €10 Woodberrys Gift Card, so technically it’s FREE!

Our Annual Christmas wine tasting is quickly approaching, Thursday 29th from 5pm-9pm. We will be featuring returning favourites as well as new arrivals. This is a great opportunity to sample over 100 wines from all over the world including Austria, Germany, France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Portugal and Spain. We will have everything from Amarone and Albarino to Rioja and Zinfandel open to sample on the evening…. and it’s all for FREE! Well pretty much free. You do have to purchase a ticket ahead of time to reserve a spot; however the ticket price will be reimbursed to you in the form of a €10 Gift Card to be used in the shop before 31st December 2018.

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The Grape with 3 Names

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Trollinger or Schiava or Vernatsch is a red German/Italian wine grape that was likely first originally cultivated in the wine regions of Sud  Tirol and Trentino, but today is almost exclusively cultivated on steep, sunny locations in the Württemberg wine region of Baden-Württemberg. It is primarily known under the synonyms Trollinger in Germany, Vernatsch in Sud  Tirol and Schiava in other Italian regions. Characteristically, the grape produces moderately acidic wines that are light bodied, light-colored and have fruity strawberry flavours with smoky notes.

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Its freshness makes this red, a wine for enjoying even when very young. It is harmonious and mild, with fine, fruity aromas of sour cherries and bitter almonds. A pleasant freshness accompanies its elegant, juicy body in the finish. Pair with appetizers, especially South Tyrolean speck, salamis and sausages, cheeses and veal dishes.

Cascina Feliciana

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The Cascina Feliciana is a family run wine-making company located in Pozzolengo, on the southern side of Garda Lake and a short distance from the motorway exit of Sirmione. The family dedicates themselves with passion to the care of the vineyards and the production of wines, including the renowned Lugana. The Family produces a temp15-405skylsbicqtkhs_600x600selection of Lugana wines along with some excellent reds typical of the area.

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Feliciana is one of 125 Lugana producers and their ‘Felugan’ Lugana 2017 is one of the best wines we have tried this year. Lugana is typically crisp and refreshing and the Felugan is no exception! It is a wine with a pale straw yellow colour and greenish highlights; its nose is delicately floral, with a hint of almonds, while on the palate it is fresh, pleasantly citrus-like and long. It will pair well with most seafood and fish dishes and is delightful with lemon and thyme roast chicken.

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