Following on from the huge success of the last two years’ inaugural celebrations, Wines from Spain has organised the third Spanish Wine Week in Ireland, running throughout the country from Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th April.
Spanish Wine Week is perfectly designed for both foodies and wine lovers, giving guests the opportunity to feel the passion and learn more about Spanish wines in a series of events – tastings, talks, special restaurant and wine shop offers and competitions – all organised by Wines from Spain.
The fun begins on Friday, 20th April with two events at CLIFF properties – Cliff House Hotel and Cliff Townhouse. Wines from Spain are partnering with West Waterford Festival of Food to bring a little Spain to the south during the festival weekend with a Chef’s Table Dinner at Cliff House Hotel, Co. Waterford, where Michelin star Chef Martijn Kajuiter will host an intimate Chef’s Table Dinner in House restaurant championing local producers and paired with wines from the Rueda and Bierzo regions. The Chef’s Table Dinner with wines costs €95 per person and starts at 8pm. To book contact www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com.
On the same evening in Dublin, Cliff Townhouse on St. Stephen’s Green will be hosting a Taste of Gran Canaria, a place close to Head Chef Sean Smith whose wife is from the region. The talented chef will pair Spanish dishes including grilled chorizo, quail egg with sourdough, octopus, paprika, olive oil and grilled white asparagus and tomato tartare clams with wines from the region. Each course and wine will be introduced by Sunday Business Post wine writer Tomas Clancy. Dinner costs €79 per person and can booked directly by emailing email@example.com.
On Monday 23rd April, energetic Niall Sabongi will be leading a Klaw Krawl with Rías Baxias taking guests on a walking tour of three locations – Klaw Temple Bar, Klaw Poké and The Seafood Café with signature dishes from each restaurant paired with wines from the Rías Baxias region and some demonstrations throughout. Tickets are €75. Contact Rachel@klaw.ie to book – places are limited.
On Tuesday 24th April, Sunday Business Post wine writer Tomas Clancy will hosting Top Summer Wines at Whelehans Wines at 7.15pm; tickets cost €25 per person. In Cork, Rafael Salazar of Vinostito will be leading a tasting of ‘Atlantic vs Mediterranean’ in L’Atitude 51, the legendary wine café in Cork city. Beginning at 7.30pm, Rafael Salazar will present a selection of wines and the L’Atitude 51 kitchen will prepare some tasty tapas to match.
On Wednesday 25th April, Instituto Cervantes in Dublin will tease the tastebuds and get the hips moving with a night of Flamenco, Fino Tio Pepe and Iberian Ham starting at 6.30 p.m. Flamenco dancer Sandra Palomar and Instituto Cervantes Dublin’s flamenco group will present a show of pure Andalusian art after which all attendees get to taste two of the most recognisable gourmet products of Spanish gastronomy – delicious Iberian ham, and sensational sherry unique to the Andalusian area of Jerez introduced by sherry expert Paddy Murphy. Costing just €5, tickets are extremely limited and can be booked directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday 26th April sees events across the country in Wicklow, Dublin, Kildare and Galway. Greystones in Co. Wicklow will see a Spanish wine dinner with John Wilson in La Touche Wines.
Grand masters of wine in Ireland, ELY BAR & GRILL, will be hosting a Cava & Canapés tasting led by wine expert and sommelier Ian Brosnan starting at 7pm. Tickets cost €40 per person; find out more at www.elywinebar.ie.
Family-run public house in the heart of Kildare town, Boyles of Kildare, host an evening of ‘Hidden Gems & Unknown Regions’ led by Susan Boyle. Visit www.boyleskildare.com for further details.
Woodberry Wines in association with Kasbah Wine Bar are hosting a Spanish tasting dinner pairing 6 wines from Spain. The dinner starts at 8pm and tickets cost €35. Contact www.kasbahwinebar.ie for further details.
On Friday 27th April, Galway’s Woodberry Wines take a trip to a prodigious wine-producing region with A Visit To Rioja, starting at 6pm visit www.woodberrys.ie for more details. In Dublin, El Celler restaurant in Blackrock will host a Spanish wine dinner.
On the same evening in Limerick, No.1 Pery Square are hosting a Spanish dinner prepared by Chef Timothy Harris with dishes including traditional Paella, jamon courgettes and grilled octopus paired with a selection of wines from Spain. Tickets are €59 per person; contact www.oneperysquare.com for further details.
On Saturday 28th April, Suesey Street will host a sparkling wine tasting, led by Corinna Hardgrave wine writer with the Irish Independent, where a selection of fabulous sparkling wines including Cava will be reviewed, followed by lunch in the cosy private dining room of the restaurant and paired with a selection of Spanish wines. The tasting and lunch costs €35 per person; contact www.sueseystreet.ie to book.
On Sunday 29th April, wine supremos and multi award-winning wine obsessives The Twelve take an in-depth look at wines from Rueda, kicking off at 3pm with a tasting of wines from the region introduced by sommelier and general manager Fergus O’Halloran, and followed by supper prepared by talented chef Martin O’Donnell with dishes paired with wines from Rueda. Discovering Rueda at The Twelve costs €60 per person (wine tasting & supper) or €45 per person (supper only). Tickets sold in advance; email email@example.com.
Wine stores will also have a huge selection of offers throughout Spanish Wine Week including The Port House who have special taste flights and Spanish dishes on offer, Woodberry Wines in Galway has 20% off all Spanish wines including cava and sherry during Spanish Wine Week, O’Briens Wines will have in-store discounts, The Winehouse in Howth has discounts on all Spanish wines for the week in store and online, Fallon & Byrne have no corkage on all Spanish wines in their wine cellar for the week, Whelehans Wines are featuring Spanish wines in the ‘Wine of the Week’ and ely wine bar will be offering Spanish wine flights in Ely Place, including a Cava flight and many more.
A loyal Irish customer base has made Spain the third most popular wine producer in this country but there are still plenty of interesting aspects of Spanish viniculture to taste and explore. In the third Spanish Wine Week from April 23rd to April 29th, Wines from Spain has created a fascinating programme to educate, inspire and help make people passionate about the impressive variety and diversity of Spanish winemaking regions, grapes, flavours and style. A su salud – sláinte!