Spearheaded by Kilkenny’s artisan wine importers Le Caveau, Real Wine Month is bringing together restaurants, wine bars, shops and off licenses around the country in a celebration of all things real wine. Last year’s initiative ran for the month of April and brought together over 50 outlets, the hope for 2015 being that more will be involved by the end of the month.
Officially getting underway today, Real Wine Month runs until 31 May. Those involved this year so far include Ballymaloe House (Cork), Chapter One (Dublin), China Sichuan (Dublin), Whitefriar Grill (Dublin), Cliff House Hotel (Waterford), World Wide Wines (Waterford), La Touche Wines (Wicklow) and more.
Locally to me in Kilkenny, Le Caveau are on board along with Zuni, Anocht at Kilkenny Design, Campagne and The Grapvevine on Rose Inn Street.
Along with outlets promoting wines to their diners and customers, there are demos, tastings and interviews planned with more details going live on realwinemonth.com later today.
What is real wine?
Ask the experts behind the initiative and you’ll be told that real wine is “wine that has been made organically or biodynamically and with minimal intervention in the winery”. We’re talking no chemicals, no secret ingredients, just pure fermented grape juice, lovingly crafted into something beautiful. Sounds good, doesn’t it?