Here’s where to enjoy a wine and cheese evening by the sea

    Shells Café Strandhill Sligo Little Shop wine and cheese evenings summer 2021 Easy Food
    All photos (C) Jette Virdi

    Shells is an award-winning seaside cafe and bakery in Strandhill, Sligo. Created by Jane and Myles Lambert, it has become the epicentre of Strandhill — normally bustling with surfers and visitors exploring the seafront. It is the perfect beach café, bright and airy with wooden floors and fabulous (organic, fairtrade) coffee. Shells make all their own breads, bakes and cakes, and they don’t use preservatives — you can taste the difference! Shells draws inspiration from the local landscape, surf, people and Jane and Myles’ extensive travels.

    Shells Café Little Shop is now opening from 6pm-8pm Saturday and Sunday evenings for some gorgeous cheese plates and delicious wines. Customers can enjoy overlooking the sea with a trio of rosés, reds and whites, served by the glass (€8.50 per glass, or 3 x 75ml pours for €20) or by the bottle. The wines are perfectly accompanied by cheese and charcuterie boards.

    Shells Café Strandhill Sligo Little Shop wine and cheese evenings summer 2021 Easy Food

    We’ve got the lowdown on the rosé selection below. It’d put a fierce thirst on you…

    Touraine Rosé ‘lune, Loire Valley, France

    A fresh, pale pink watery sunset-coloured classic dry rosé with red berry aromas and flavours with floral hints. The grapes are harvested by moonlight to maintain their freshness — hence the name “Chant de Lune”.

    Txakoli Rosado ‘Rubentis’ Txacoli, Basque Country, Spain

    A light salmon-pink in colour, this has aromas of summer red fruits, citrus peel and rose petals. On the palate, it’s bone-dry and fresh, with further red fruit flavours leading to a crisp finish.
    Ignacio Ameztoi’s vineyards are cut into incredibly steep terraced slopes overlooking the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic. Hand-harvested, the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks and bottled with residual carbon dioxide which gives the wine its typical light fizz. Served in the local pintxos bars, Txacolis are poured from a height to dissipate the bubbles in the wine.

    Le Roc Ambulle’ Pet Nat Rosé, Fronton, South of France

    A surprisingly rich shade of pink from the use of the Negrette grape native to the area, this is a slightly sparkling medium-dry rosé from biodynamically grown grapes. With aromas of red cherry, strawberry, forest fruits and pear drops, this is crisp and refreshing.