Autumn Wine Classes

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Wine School 2

We are running our wine classes again this October, Starting Tuesday 3rd of October and running for 6 weeks through until Tuesday 7th Novemeber. Each class begins at 7.30 and runs for about one and a half hours. We will sample between 8 and 10 wines each evening witht the themes as follows.

  • Introduction to French Wines          
  • Introduction To Australian Wines    
  • Introduction To New Zealand, Chilean and Argentinian Wines                                                                                        
  • Introduction to Spanish Wines         
  • Introduction New Old World ( Austria, Portugal & Germany)       
  • Introduction to Italian Wines

LIMITED TO 8  PLACES

€140 FOR ALL SIX EVENINGS.

THIS INCLUDES NOTES ON THE COUNTRY AND WINES AND 8-10 WINES TASTED PER EVENING.

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. Further info please email tadhg@woodberrys.ie

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Get Savvy about Sauvignon Blanc

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sauvignon-blanc-101-socialSauvignon Blanc is easily in the top two most popular grape varieties in Ireland at present, the other being Pinot Grigio. It is planted in every wine-producing nation with it home in France leading the way in acres planted to Sauvignon Blanc, followed surprisingly by Italy, the New Zealand, whom everyone knows is great for Sauvignon, then the USA and Chile rounds out the top 5.

As a grape that is widely planted is has many different flavours and characteristics, some apply all over the world such as it has low to no tannins, it is rarely oak aged but can be oak fermented. It also maintains a medium to high level of acidity making most wine refreshing and is almost always dry in style.

Common aromas and flavours included citrus, gooseberry, Lime, granny smith apple, pear Guava and PAssionfruit. Some more funky aromas are in the herbal category like basil, green bell pepper, freshly cut grass, lemongrass, celery and the just plain strange aromas of Cat’s piss, chalk, and wet concrete.

 

If you would like to know more and taste some Sauvignon, drop into our Sauvignon Blanc tasting Thursday 21st September between 6pm and 8pm in the Shop

Riesling Tasting

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As part of our Summer of Riesling promotion we will be hosting an informal Rielsing tasting in the shop. We will have every style of Riesling from bone dry to super sweet open for tasting. The tasting is Friday 7th July between 5pm-7pm in our shop on Middle Street.

Call in and try some of our favouite summer whites.

Cossetti Wine Tasting Evening

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cantina-cossetti-125-anniWe’re delighted to welcome Gabriele Grizotti from Cossetti to Galway, tomorrow evening. Gabriele will be tasting a selection of Cossetti’s excellent wines in our shop. This is a great chance to sample their superb Barbera d’Asti, Gavi and some other more unique wines such as Albarossa and Grignolino.

No tickets or booking required simply call in between 5pm and 7pm on Wednesday 28th June.

We look forward to seeing you.

Summer of Riesling

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High-Res_SOR_Logo_ColourFor the previous two years we have brought you the wall of Sauvignon, but this year we have decide to celebrate the Summer of Riesling. Riesling is a huge favourite of ours here in Woodberrys and we are constantly trying to get the people to try it, usually without much luck as many people are still hing up on the idea of the sweet, cheap and crappy German wines of the 80s, and 90s like Black Tower and Blue Nun and let us not forget liebfraumilch.

But Riesling is so much more than this and while they can be sweet they can also be bone dry. We’re celebrating the diversity of Riesling for the next month and as such will have in shop tasting and also 15% off all Riesling for the next month. Keep an eye on the Blog here, Social Media and email for events and tastings.

Galway Food Festival Program

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Easter is once again upon us, meaning we’re closed this Friday, but to make amends we’re running a bunch of tastings and events in the shop.

On Thursday 24th we will kick off with our Game of Rhônes blind tasting from 6pm-8pm.

Our tastings kick-off again at 11am on Saturday 26th with our To Rioja and Beyond Spanish tasting.

This tasting will be run 4 times on Saturday at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.

We will also have an Italian Tip to Toe tasting running at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.

And if you have room left for a glass or two Saturday night why not call into our popup wine bar between 8pm and 10pm.

We look forward to seeing you over food festival and wish you all a happy Easter.

September and that means School Time

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We’re hoping to kick off our first proper wine school this September, what we’ve come up with is a six week course running from mid to late September and finishing up the last week of October. We’ve got limited space in our cellar tasting room so places are limited to 10 people and the course will run every Thursday evening from 8pm-9.30pm.  This Wine Appreciation Course will give a comprehensive overview of the wines of the world. The various styles, grapes and regions of the major wine producing nations will be covered ( A few have been left aside this time due to timing sorry Argentina, Austria, Chile, Germany and South Africa).

Each evening we will sample a selection of wines, notes will be provide. (Should you wish detail information that can be provide also).

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, Mudgee Shiraz among others.

  • Introduction To New Zealand Wines

Much like Australia a country that boomed for one style of wine and is now looking to attract people with its regional distinct styles of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Riesling.

  • 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 Portuguese Wines

A Fairly new entrant to the Irish market Portugal is fast become a customer favourite with its fruit driven stylish reds and crisp refreshing whites.

  • 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 an d only cover one region. Areas covered will be Barolo, 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. Dates and cost TBC for any further info please email tadhg@woodberrys.ie

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