A treat and a bargain

Neil Ellis of Stellenbosch in South Africa is centre stage at three events in Cork and Dublin next week. Each of the events is both a treat and a bargain.

The restaurant at Hayfield Manor - one of the venues for the highly promising Neil Ellis events

Seafood & Sauvignon  is the headline for a wine dinner on Monday  at 7.30pm at the Hayfield Manor Hotel in Cork, costing a remarkable €69 a head all-in. Neil will introduce the wines chosen to accompany each of the five courses. The five-star hotel is also offering a €165pps package which includes dinner and breakfast. See the link here or phone 21-4845900 for more details.
To whet your appetite, here‘s what Jack Power had to say about the restaurant in his recent review.
♦ The following night, from 5pm to 7pm, the second Ouzos at 39 Main Street in Blackrock, Co Dublin is hosting an open-ended “walk around” tasting accompanied by seafood canapés, with Neil on hand to answer any questions you may have about his wines. Tickets are €15 per person, or €25 for two.
♦ Alternatively, at 8pm, enjoy a four-course winemaker’s dinner at Ouzos complemented by Neil Ellis’s wines for €60 a head.

♦ While we’re at it, Superquinn is hosting a wine tasting evening at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8 on Thursday May 19 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, presented by Jean Smullen. The wines will be accompanied by party foods and nibbles, for €18 a head.  Email jean@jeansmullen.com or phone  086-8168468.

In the Examiner on Saturday I’ll be giving the once-over to two contrasting styles of sweet wine — fully-fledged dessert stickies, and delicious off-dry whites. In my opinion, the tender sweetness and slightly lower alcohol of the latter group make them ideal for the warmer weather that is surely our due.  ♦

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