Wine dinners at The Step House and The Lodge at Ashford Castle


    Wines from Spain partners with The Step House Hotel in Carlow and The Lodge at Ashford Castle in Mayo to create two wonderful dining events this winter, showcasing the sensational wines from Ribera del Duero. The wines of the Spanish Denominación de Origen Ribera del Duero pair perfectly with robust winter favourites like game and roast meats.


    On Friday 1st of December, enjoy a winter feast at The Step House Hotel in the picturesque village of Borris in Carlow. Talented head chef Alan Foley will match a selection of exceptional wines from Ribera del Duero with a series of dishes featuring the very best seasonal, local produce. The menu will include foie gras cream with quail cromqesquis, apple vinaigrette, spiced brioche and apple salad; wild pigeon pithivier with onion soubise and madeira jus; and red deer served with chocolate fig purée, charred onion, liquorice jus and spiced granola.
The Ribera del Duero dinner at The Step House will be hosted by Tomás Clancy, wine writer for the Sunday Business Post. It begins at 7pm on Friday 1st December and costs €55 per person including wines, with a special overnight rate at The Step House available from just €45 per person sharing including breakfast.


    On the other side of the country, in the pretty village of Cong, Co. Mayo, chef Jonathan Keane of Wilde’s at The Lodge at Ashford Castle (voted number 2 hotel in Ireland at the recent Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards) will be matching Ribera del Duero wines with fine local ingredients, emphasising the idea of place on a plate. Chef Keane’s menu will showcase the best that game season has to offer including fallow deer and woodland broth and roast duck with chef Keane’s inventive twist. 
Hosted by The Irish Times wine expert, John Wilson, tickets for the Ribera del Duero dinner at Wilde’s at The Lodge at Ashford Castle at 7pm on Friday, December 1st cost €55 per person and are available to book directly with the restaurant. You can extend the event with an overnight stay with breakfast the following morning from €180 per room based on two adults sharing.


    Wine has been produced in the beautiful wine region of Ribera del Duero since Roman times. Just two hours north of Madrid, there are nearly 300 wineries following the banks of the Duero River in the Castilla y León region, a flowing swathe of land approximately 115km long and 35km wide. From the young ‘Joven’ wines to the great ‘Gran Reservas’, these are wines of exemplary depth and balance, powerful and elegant, and great wines for food.
Wines from Spain is delighted to co-host these showcase dinners in The Step House Hotel and Wilde’s at The Lodge at Ashford Castle, and has worked carefully with the finest bodegas across the Ribera del Duero region to choose stand-out wines to complement the two dinners to perfection. Guests will have tasting notes for each wine that is poured, making the evening both informative and delicious in equal measure!


    Pre-booking is required and places can be booked directly with the restaurants at



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