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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Pinot Noir is a seriously romanticized wine in the world. It gets a cultish following among those who like to drink it. Just look at Paul Giamatti’s character in the film Sideways. One of the reason’s given for the obsession with Pinot is that it is a finicky and difficult grape to grow, but if you achieve this it really expresses the terroir where it is grown.And it is grown or attempts are made in at least most wine-producing countries.

Hailing originally from Burgundy, France, Pinot Noir, and almost all red Burgundy wines are made from 100% Pinot Noir, like all great French wines the village and even vineyard can appear on the label of Pinot Noir wines. For example we have a wine in the shop picture here. IMG_6621This is a wine produced by Stephane Brocard of Closerie des Alisiers, in 2014 from the vineyard of Les Champs Rémy in Gevrey-Chambertin. Confusing isn’t it, you feel like you need a decoder ring to figure it out. The wines from other countries can be a bit easier and straight forward like Antonutti’s Pinot Nero (nero being the Italian for Noir). IMG_6622

Both of these are great examples of Pinot and well worth a try. The Gevrey is a bit young but would be great with a big meal in about a year’s time.

Closerie des Alisiers Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Les Champs Rémy’ 2014 €46.95

A concentrated wine from 40-year-old vines, this is rich and dense. It has a balance between the juicy black fruits and firm tannins, the whole shot through with acidity. Drink this fine single vineyard wine from  late 2018.

Antonutti Pinot Nero 2015, Friuli, Italy €16.95

Ruby red with gently blurred edges. The scent opens with fruity notes such as Blackberry and raspberry and closes in a gently spicy sensations final. The taste is harmonious with a variety of sensations both spicy and fruity, all in harmony with each other; very good gustative persistence.

Azienda Rivera

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The de Corato family roots go deep into the agriculture of Puglia. Here, in the countryside of Andria, Sebastiano de Corato founded the Azienda Vinicola Rivera in the late 1940s, inspired by a vision of realising, and bringing to the world’s attention, the enormous viticultural potential of the Castel del Monte area.

Widespread recognition quickly followed and since then  Rivera, has become the benchmark of Puglia quality wine production and the force driving its rebirth, thanks also to innovations in both vineyards and winemaking introduced since the early 1980s by his son Carlo.
Today, with the involvement of the third generation of the family represented by Carlo’s sons Sebastiano and Marco, Rivera continues with pride and renewed commitment the production of wines that eloquently express the intense yet elegant character of this land and its native grape varieties.

The winery’s winemaking philosophy is rigorously applied to every step of the process: vineyard management, grape harvest, winemaking, maturation and bottling; the most up-to-date viticultural and oenological practices are married to the deepest respect for natural processes, with all activities focused on achieving environmental and economic sustainability and on continuous improvement in quality.

Check out their wines here. Rivera

Drink Lagrein Today!!

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Lagrein on the vine

According to a wine grape of the day calendar we picked up somewhere today, March 4th is Lagrein day. And not being ones that need an excuse to try this wonderful variety we’d though we share some of our favs here in the shop. But first some info on Lagrein.

Found mostly in the Trentino-Alto Adige (Sudtirol, the local name for Alto Adige) Alpine regions of Italy. it is an interesting variety that has flavours of plum, cherry, raspberry and some bitter dark chocolate notes. Its low tannin and chewy dark fruit give it wonderful easy drink-ability. It benefits from some oak ageing but also preforms quite well by itself, unoaked versions tend to be fairly light, similar to Pinot Noir, or other Northern Italian reds like Refosco del Peduncolo.

Tiefenbrunner ‘Turmhof’ Lagrein 2012 DOC Alto Adige/Sudtirol €24.95

Fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks; malolactic fermentation and  maturation in small and large oak casks for 8 months Deep garnet red in colour, with a delicate bouquet showing the cherry and violet note characteristic of the varietals; subtle wood tones complement its full and round fruit flavours. Compact tannins and an agreeable acidity carry this traditional South Tyrolean wine through to its long finish.Excellent with braised or grilled beef, lamb, or game, as well as cheeses.

Franz Haas Lagrein 2010 DOC Alto Adige/Sudtirol €26.95

After the fermentation the wine is racked into barriques where the malolactic fermentation takes place and the wine ages for 15 months. Finally it is aged in the bottle for a few months.A deep and intense red, which in certain years tends towards violet tones. Ripe red fruits to spicy notes of fresh grass and cocoa on the nose. Enjoyable full bodiedness, ending with a long and enveloping finale.

Tiefenbrunner ‘Linticlarus’ Lagrein Riserva 2011 DOC Alto Adige/Sudtirol €32.95

One of the top five wines I tried last year this wine has it all body, class, elegance you name it the Linticlarus has it! Again its a deep garnet-red color, this typical South Tyrolean wine exhibits gentle aromas of wild berries and cherries, over hints of cocoa and dark chocolate. Fine grained, ripe tannins accompany its good acidity level, and give the wine elegance and persistence. A fine round finish, try with red meat, lamb chops or game, it’s bloody great with venison as well as poultry and mature hard cheese.

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…..