'Another Bl**dy Tasting'

The invitation was irresistible. ‘Not Another Bl**dy Tasting’ , was the heading, and the trendy Market Bar on Dublin’s Fade Street was the venue.image001 2
Seamus Daly of Quintessential Wines was showing his seasonal collection with an eye to the Christmas market and, as usual, he had much of interest to offer,
A former restaurant manager and now a wine importer, retailer and distributor, Seamus has an eye for high quality and ‘below the radar’ producers. His business is focussed on the on-trade where his wines slip effortlessly onto restaurant wine lists, waiting to be ‘discovered’ by diners.
He has enviable contacts in Italy and the tasting featured several specialties such as Cantina Tibaldi Langhe made from Favorita grapes. This winery is owned and operated by two sisters.  Also among the whites, a Petit Arvine from a French-speaking community in Aosta and made by Elio Ottin, was lively and ‘fresh as a daisy’. 
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Nov 17 is 'Nouveau' Day

“It’s Beaujolais Nouveau time” and enthusiasts around the world will enjoy their first sip of this vin de primeur on 17th November 2016 to celebrate the arrival of the new vintage!  Celebrating the end of the harvest, George Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau will be distributed around the world for its global launch on that day. 
Harvesting the 2016 Beaujolais started on 15th September and took place over three weeks of phenomenal weather said to have been the warmest and sunniest September in the region for 50 years.  As a  result, this year’s harvest has been of excellent quality. Each vintage is unique and the 2016 Beaujolais Nouveau is an expression of weather, time and the craft of the wine maker.
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Lebanese Wine Tasting

A tasting of Lebanese Wines will be held in Dublin on Wed 26th October, 2016.  


 The tasting will include twelve wines from six of Lebanon’s leading producers including  Obeideh and old vine Cinsault
 Explaining the aim of the initiative, Michael said: “We want to raise the profile of Lebanese wine in key markets in a more mobile and cost-effective way.”Presented by Michael Karam, author of “Wines of Lebanon” the  event is part of a global initiative that has been dubbed the “Wine Traveller” programme. It  has seen Michael,  show Lebanese wines at tastings and dinners in the Far East, the US and Europe over the past two years.
 The event will be open to trade in the afternoon and consumers in the evening and will feature two wines, a white and a red, from the six participating producers:  Château Kefraya, Château Ksara, Château St Thomas, Domaine des Tourelles, Domaine Wardy, and Ixsir.
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