One for wine lovers this – the Jacob’s Creek Wine & Dine Experience is hitting the road for a series of free events in Dublin, Cork and Galway this month and next. For one night only in each of the locations, 50 guests in each location will be given the opportunity to take part in a free wine tasting masterclass and delicious dining experience. The roadshow hits Dublin on 27th March, Cork on 4th April and Waterford on 26th April.
Using only their senses as a guide, guests will be taken on a virtual whistle stop tour through the Jacob’s Creek winery by top wine expert TV3’s David Whelehan, who will use the quality portfolio of Jacob’s Creek wines to reveal classic tips like how to understand a wine label and how to identify different grape varieties and wine styles. Throughout the evening, David will conduct blindfolded wine tastings to help guests develop their sense of smell and recognise the aromas of different wines. An award winning chef in each county will create a three course dinner menu using the Jacob’s Creek wine range for inspiration. Food on the night is guaranteed to tickle the taste buds and further tantalise the senses.
Aimee Milne, Jacob’s Creek Brand Manager, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, said
“Last year’s event in the Crypt Christchurch, Dublin was a great success and we saw a great demand from Facebook fans to bring the event closer to them. We decided to take the ‘Wine & Dine Experience’ on the road and offer food and wine fans in four locations around Ireland the opportunity to take part in the event. In keeping with the theme of seeing beyond the label, guests this year will enjoy wine and food in the unique surroundings of a contemporary art gallery, a 19th Century Jail, a museum and a Georgian Guild Hall. The Jacob’s Creek ‘Wine & Dine Experience’ is a fun and interesting way for consumers to learn something new about food and wine while enjoying Jacob’s Creek.”
The Jacob’s Creek ‘Wine & Dine Experience’ will take place over the following dates: Dublin 27th March, Cork 4th April, Galway 19th April and Waterford 26th April. To request a reservation at these special culinary events, visit Jacob’s Creek Ireland on Facebook and enter your details on the ‘The Wine and Dine Experience’ tab or email email@example.com with Jacob’s Creek ‘Wine & Dine Experience’ in the subject line, your name, date of birth (as drinks will be served), and contact details for you and a guest. Also please include which county event you would like to attend. Places are limited and guests will be chosen at random.
I picked up a few bottles of wine for herself’s family in the run in to Christmas with Le Caveau at Market Yard in Kilkenny the choice for the Christmas wine shop. It’s long a favourite of my grandfather who had informed me the same day that he was well stocked for the winter after a trip to his favourite wine haunt. Browsing, shopping, chatting and picking up leaflets (if there’s material to read in a shop you can be sure I’m coming home with it), I spotted that they’re running tutored wine tastings through 2011, having already gotten underway with one earlier this month.
Hosted by proprietor Pascal Rossignol, the wine tasting evenings are designed to get you learning about wine regions, wingrowers and their methods, and to get you familiar with “well-known and lesser-known grape varieties”. The emphasis is on naturally-made wines and organically-managed vineyeards. Relaxed, unstuff and informative evenings!
I’ve counted six evenings for the calendar for 2011 which looks as follows:
Each of the dates listed above is a Wednesday, they all start at 7pm, taking place in the function room at Bollard’s on Kieran Street(just off Market Yard) and each night costs €20. I don’t know if there’s a discount in signing up for every class in advance though I’m sure there’s no harm in asking. If you are interested, boopkings can be made through the shop at Le Caveau, Market Year, Kilkenny, by phone on 056-7725166, emaiul to firstname.lastname@example.org or via their website at LeCaveau.ie.