Wine antics in Dublin and Cork

TASTE of Dublin isn’t the only show in town next week, and here are two other events wine lovers might enjoy. They happen to centre on the twin pillars of ‘classic’ France, Bordeaux and Bourgogne.

♦ Tindal Wine Merchants is hosting a tasting of its Bordeaux portfolio on Wednesday June 8 from 6pm to 8pm in The Conrad, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. The line-up features great names such as Chateau Ormes de Pez; Chateau Tour Leognan, Frank Phelan and more. At €10 it’s a great value evening. For more information or to book your ticket contact Harriet Tindal on 01-8665680, at, or at

Anne-Claude Leflaive

♦ On Saturday June 11,  Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry Co Cork, hosts two events presented by Anne-Claude Leflaive, winemaker at Domaine Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet, Bourgogne.  Regulars to this blog and my column in the Irish Examiner will be aware of what good value such dinners can be. In general, what happes is that the winemaker, restaurant and distributor all effectively subsidise the event meaning you get top class food and drink at a significant discount – sometimes it’s even a fraction of the retail cost.

Coincidentally, the Puligny-Montrachet appellation came up in a recent column – I mentioned it in passing in regard to the far-from-simple relationship between price and quality:  Faced with some of the wines of that appellation I have occasionally had to revise upward what I regarded as the limits respectable affordability. What I’m saying is that of all the wine areas  synonymous with luxury, the Montrachet appellations are probably nearest to being worth it.  One of the people presiding over this precious patch of earth is Anne-Claude Leflaive. Among other accolades, Decanter awarded her first place in their list of the Top 10 White Winemakers of the World. Discover more about Domaine Leflaive by taking a a look at their website here.

Anne-Claude will be presenting a tutored wine tasting in the afternoon and a special dinner that evening accompanied by wines from Domaine Leflaive’s cellar.

The tasting session alone costs €35 while the dinner is €138 (you can of course attend both for €173). There’s also a package comprising both events along with B&B accommodation, which costs €265 pps. None of these is cheap. But if you’ve got the spons, I think the tasting or dinner represent very good value.

To book, contact Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Co Cork by phone on 021 4652531 or online via ♦


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