Mixing grape and grain in Cork

THERE are so many tasting events coming up that it makes sense to group together a few by location, in this case my own stomping ground, Cork. They’re below the picture.  This week’s other post is about the fab Superquinn French wine sale.  There are also news/listings items on this blog about the season’s most promising open wine tasting, Wines From Spain and further nationwide wine tastings. Enjoy!

MontGras dinner at the Boardwalk

MontGras wines

AT the MontGras Wine Dinner at the Boardwalk in Cork on September 14, Andrea Ilabaca will present wines from Montgras to accompany a five-course dinner. I bet her selection will include three of my favourites from MontGras, as the line-up will be a selection from the winery’s reserva range as well as their organic Soleus wines — that’s one of them there lurking at the back of the picture with the watering can on the label. The evening begins at 7pm with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 8pm. Places are limited so get booking.


MontGras Wine Dinner, Tuesday September 14 at The Boardwalk Bar & Grill, Lapp’s Quay, Cork. Book tickets (€55) on 021-4279990 and also see www.theboardwalkbarandgrill.com.

Winemaker lunch at Ballymaloe

Silvia Allegrini of Allegrini Wines will present a lunch at Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Co Cork, at noon on Tuesday September 28. A wine tasting and presentation at noon will followed by lunch which will be paired with wines made by the Allegrini family in the Veneto region of Italy. Get more details and tickets, €40, from Ballymaloe on (0)21 4652531 or on http://www.ballymaloe.ie. The Allegrini range is imported by Liberty Wines.

Clare Valley wine with Tim Adams

Tim Adams is presenting an evening of wine and stories  from the Clare Valley in Cork next Tuesday, September 7. Quite brilliantly, umbrella representative body Wine Australia has decided to get a champion winemaker to come and talk about (and pour) not only his/her own wines, but also those made by the neighbours.

In this instance, the attraction for wine lovers lies in both the visiting winemaker (the world famous Tim Adams) and the region: Clare has earned itself an extraordinary place in the esteem of the wine world. For such a tiny community of a few thousand souls, the valley produces a heap of highly-regarded  names including Pikes, Wakefield, Leasingham, O’Leary Walker, Grosset and of course Tim Adams‘ own wines.

It’s a long way from Clare to here: an exploration of the Clare Valley wines with Tim Adams on Tuesday September 7 at Castle Trattoria, Blackrock Castle, Cork from 6.45pm to 8.30pm, €20. Book on 065 707 7264 or ireland@wineaustralia.com.

Note that Tim is bringing the same event  to Ennis on Wednesday 8 September at the Glór centre, and to Galway on Thursday September 9 at Café 8 in Galway City Museum. Same kick-off time, price and booking details apply as to the Cork gig.


Beer tasting in Abbot Ale House

♦  THE Slow Food Cork City convivium is due all sort of kudos for their lively programme. Among their recent events was a Mystery Dining tour in July: They brought participants to a number of undisclosed locations around the city where they proceeded to ply them with tasty treats to within an inch of their lives. Apparently Prosecco in the Interior Living shop on MacCurtain Street was followed by a course each in Star Anise, Jacques and Club Brasserie. Yum.

You can read a report of that trip on the group’s blog here, where you will also find details of their next event, a beer tasting next Thursday presented by specialist beer importer Barry Fitzgerald. The focus will be on Trappist beers and some Irish beers, accompanied by finger food to match. It all takes place in one of the city’s best-kept secrets, the bar upsatairs at The Abbot Ale House which boasts dozens of interesting styles of bottled beers (plus a handful on tap) all set in a den of cosy sofas surrounded by gorgeous brewery adverts and beermats from all over the world.

By the way, you may be concerned that I’m mixing beer and wine on this blog, and believe that grape and grain should never be consumed together. Well, I’m convinced the reputed ill-effects of so doing belong firmly in the realm of wine myths.

Slow Food Cork City beer tasting, The Abbott Ale House, Devonshire Street North (off Coburg Street) on Thursday, September 9 at 6.30pm. 25 or 20 for members. Email corkcity@slowfoodireland.com to book your place.


One Response

  1. Sounds good, Blake. I start my hols on Sept 11th for two weeks so will come along if I haven’t fled to Kerry or somewhere.

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