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Pasquale and the 2011 harvest

February 6, 2012 by Christine No Comments »

You may think that wine merchants in Ireland never really get their hands dirty with the manufacturing processes. However, to prove you wrong, Rebecca has put together a few shots of Pasquale out in Piemonte (home to fabulous reds such as Barolo, Barbera, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto or amazing whites like Gavi di Gavi and Roero Arneis) lending a hand with the 2011 harvest and taking a tour around some vineyards.


Just click on the link to see what she has prepared

Why do we do these things? – to ensure that when we offer you A Taste of Italy, we are offering the real thing!


Vinchio – Vaglio Serra

December 16, 2011 by Christine No Comments »

Vinchio Vaglio Serra is a “Vinegrowers Association” located near Asti in the town of Vinchio. Far from your typical “social winery,” Vinchio Vaglio Serra controls all aspects of the production process from vine to bottle.

Their wines have garnered the highest possible praise from Gambero Rosso, and for good reason. The Barbera grape thrives in the hills of Monferrato, and Vinchio Vaglio Serra truly knows Barbera.

The many growers associated with Vinchio Vaglio Serra have a long history with the cantina. Founded in 1959, the cantina has dedicated itself to promoting the illustrious, if often under-rated Barbera grape. Although they produce many other wines, Barbera is clearly the focus at this modern winery. All of the members of the winery are committed to working with a low environmental impact, reducing the use of pesticides.

The focus on quality in the vineyard is immediately recognisable when opening a bottle, and affirmed when visiting the vineyards surrounding the town of Vinchio. A more peaceful setting cannot be imagined, with the surrounding hills covered in vines, primarily Barbera.

But Vinchio Vaglio Serra is not limited toBarbera.  Their Barolo and Barbaresco are excellent representations of Nebbiolo, and you can also try their Moscato and Brachetto.

Vinchio – Vaglio Serra wines have won awards across the world.

In our shop you can buy La Romantica  2010 – a cabernet merlot mix which won a bronze medal in the Korean wine challenge.

Or if you prefer Barbera, we have I Tre Vescovi 2009 which was awarded a silver medal in the international wine challenge 2011, a bronze medal in Decanter WWA 2011 and silver (best in class) in IWSC 2011.

Sei Vigne Insynthesis has won Gold medals from Decanter and from ISWC as well as 2 red glasses from Gambero Rosso. This isn’t on the website but is available upon request.

These wines and more are available from our on line shop at

Enjoy a bottle of Vinchio Vaglio Serra wine today


Herb encrusted lamb & Barbaresco

January 18, 2011 by Inez No Comments »

Just because christmas is over doesn’t mean to say the food and wine has to end, well not in my world anyway!! I made this recipe for the girls I live with and it went down a treat.  Im not suprised that it they enjoyed it so much normally they have a diet of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes and Lyons Tea so it was only natural that the lamb was a welcome change!!!

Herb Encrusted Lamb
1 rack of lamb, enough for 4 people with the fat taken off
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp of dried Thyme
1 tbsp of dried Rosemarry
1 tbsp of dried Oregon
1 tbsp of dried Parsley
2 tbsp of bread crumbs
2 or 3 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Method: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.  Mix all of the ingredients into a bowl then simply smear the the herb mixture over the rack of lamb. Place the lamb on any container which will contain the juices and put in the oven for 40-45mins.  Ensure that the oven is not too hot as the herbs on the outside will burn.
I then prepared some mash potatoes with dill, and some carrots and beans with butter and a little onion. 

A dish like this must have a good wine to go with it,  lamb being a highly flavoursome and fairly heavy meat should have an equally flavoursome and full bodied wine to match.  As I was lashing out I decided to have a Barbaresco by Elvio Cogno.Elvio Cogno
Elvio Cogno is a winery situated in the heart of the Langhe district in Piedmonte and naturally they produce two of Italy’s most famous red wines, Barolo and Barbaresco!!! The Barbarescois made from the same Nebbiolo grape as the Barolo however it is not as full bodied as the Barolo.  Barbesco is a very elegant and aromatic wine and this is because of the excellent vinification methods. It must be aged for at least 2 years one of which must be in oak barells, and is best drunk after 5-10 years.  The Barbaresco is rich and spicy and has wonderful flavours of  rose petal, red fruits, tar, and earth.  It does need to be decantered though but after good 30mins it was smooth, and soft and lived up to its name of being a highly elegant wine.  These wondeful array of flavours and aromas make it a perfect match for the lamb and all in all you have an amazing meal on your hands.


Inez O’Shea
“A Taste of Italy”


Italian Grapes!!

June 29, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

This week A Taste of Italy is encouraging you to try something different!! Lets be honest, 99.9% of us have tried a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay,Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz etc etc etc etc, but why not try a grape which is indigenous to Italy??
For me there is something really unique and exciting about trying a wine where the grape is ONLY grown in that particular region in Italy, so not only can you NOT find it in any other country in the world, but more often then not it cant even be found in other regions of Italy!!!!!

For example the Valpolicella wine, is made up of 3 grapes, the Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and the Molinara grapes.  All of these grapes are grown only in the Veneto region of Northern Italy, and for me,  knowing this is what makes drinking a Valpolicella or Amarone a real pleasure!!

Of course there are many other indigenous grapes for example many of the wines from the Pidemonte region i.e. the Nebbiolo grape which is the grape responsibile for the Barolo, and Barbaresco wine, as well as the Barbera and Ruche’ wines. Really the list is endless, but this is what distinguishes New World and Old World wine, being an Australian I’m open to all wines, however this is what makes drinking Old World wines enjoyable for me!!


Inez O’Shea “A taste of Italy”