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.
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’.
No doubt the recent Hunter’s Moon shone down on Fabien Jouves biodynamic Granache/Malbec, which should attract the eco-drinkers this Christmas, and for the festive meal there was a splendid, full-bodied Rosignol from Pietro Zardini , perfectly described on the Quintessential list as ‘Amarone in disguise’.