A returning hero!

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Mulderbosch LogoWhen I first started working in Woodberrys there was one white wine that had a diehard cult following, Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc, but unfortunately within a short space of time the company importing the wine had folded, thanks to the Great Recession.  Over the years at trade shows we have tasted the wine, which is a good as the memory every time! We have left cards with people at stands, but it was only this year that someone came back to us, and now we are proud to announce the return of a hero.

Raise a glass to Mulderbosch Sauvignon and its stable partners. Since its founding in 1989, Mulderbosch Vineyards has widely been accepted as one of South Africa’s foremost wine producers. Since the first vintage in 1992, Mulderbosch has endeavored to represent innovation, flair and excellence producing quality wines from South Africa’s Stellenbosch and Western Cape winemaking regions.

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In a cool corner of Stellenbosch, some of South Africa’s best white wines – Chenin Blanc in particular, but also Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay – are produced by Adam Mason and his team. In recent years, the quality has been refined in special releases such as single-vineyard Chenins Blancs, while the label also produces a Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé made from grapes grown for the purpose (not left over from red winemaking), a noble-rot dessert wine and Bordeaux-style blends under its Faithful Hound label. See thee full range of Mulderbosch wines here.

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Back to school

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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 2nd of October. 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.

A Remarkable Garden – Chateau Val Joanis

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Château Val Joanis is a winery located in the Vaucluse Department of France, in the region of Provence-Alps-Cotes d’Azur. The wines it produces are classified Cotes du Luberon and the gardens of the winery are listed by the Committee of Parks and Gardens of the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Remarkable Gardens of France. Producing wines since Roman times, today the estate is owned by the Roozen family, who are continually striving to produce delicious wine, whilst protecting their environment. A beautiful estate of 400 hectares, the 186 hectares of vineyard spread over the hills at altitudes ranging from 280m to 499m, the site of the famous plot ‘Les Griottes’. If you are in Provence do visit this beautiful estate, admire the wonderful gardens, and try its splendid wines!

 

5_1Our personal favorites are the Chateau Val Joanis ‘Tradition’ Rouge 2016, a well structured and balanced wine, supple and round with a deep purple colour. A slightly spiced wine with notes of blackcurrant and red berries. Offers a juicy core of dark licorice, plum and blackberry coulis flavours, maintaining good focus and tension through the finish. Syrah and Grenache. €19.95

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And the Stunning Chateau Val Joanis ‘Joséphine Rosé 2017 made with a selection of best juices, the cuvée Joséphine is aged on lees for some months. The result is a charming, fruity and elegant rosé. Perfumed notes of raspberry and red currant are juxtaposed by bramble and crushed stone on the nose of this elegant rosé. It’s irresistibly juicy—full of red berry and cherry flavors yet revitalizing and fresh, with a cooling salt- and mineral-laced finish. €23.95

 

You can check out our full range of wines from Chateau Val Joanis here

Chill your wine ASAP

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With the heat wave continuing we are waiting on the signs of the apocalypse,  but the question we are getting asked most often is how can I cool me wine faster?

 

Fast:The freezer is a good starting point but it’s not the fastest way.  Too much air and other things in there so the bottle isn’t completely covered in cold goodness!

Faster: Add a gel sleeve to the wine bottle in the freezer. Getting something cold touching the bottle transfers the cold to the wine faster.

Fastest: Get a bucket and fill it about half full of ice. Then add the coldest water you can get from the tap fill the bucket to about 3/4 full. Now you have something approximating the ice floes of the Arctic–in fact, add salt to the water to decrease the range of the water to below 32 degrees. Submerge the bottle in the bucket. Stir or swirl for fastest results, beware this leads to a different kind of red hands.

Based on Dr.Vino blog: http://www.drvino.com/2013/07/18/how-to-chill-wine-quickly/

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!