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Cocktail Recipes

April 27, 2011 by Inez No Comments »

Here are some cool little white wine cocktail recipes to get you into the summer spirit!!!




Aloha Bubbly Recipe

2 glasses dry white wine 
2 glasses pineapple juice
2 glasses club soda 
1/2 tsp  sugarInstructions:
Pour the last 3 ingredients in a tall glass and stir well.  Add the crushed ice and the white wine.  Add some more club soda and stir again. Garnish with a strawberry.

Capri Cooler1 shot Schnapps, peach
1/2 glass (Pinot Grigio) Wine, white
1/2 glass Cranberry Juice

Pour 1 shot of peach schnapps into the bottom of your glass. Fill glass halfway with Pinot Grigio wine, then the rest with cranberry juice. Add a few ice cubes, stir and enjoy


1 oz white rum
1 oz fruity white wine
2 thin ginger slices
3-4 pineapple chunks
0.5 oz ginger syrup
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
Top with a fruity sparkling white wine
crushed ice
Garnish pineapple stick and mint
Muddle ginger, pineapple and ginger syrup in shaker. Add fresh lime juice and rum, shake. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice and top with sparkling white wine. Garnish with pineapple stick and mint.

This drink is perfect on a warm sunny day before or after a hot meal.

WINE CAIPIRINHAwine-caipirinha

½ lime cut in quarters
1 tsp fine raw sugar
1 oz cachaca (i used Leblon)
1 oz white wine with citrus fruit notes
1 oz jamaica (or sub 0.5 oz hibiscus grenadine)
Top with sparkling rosè wine
Muddle lime and sugar, add cachaca, wine and 0.5 oz jamaica and shake over ice and pour into a rocks glass with crushed ice. Top with sparkiling rosè wine and remaining jamaica.  Garnish with a lime wheel spiral.

I enjoy serving an assortment of cheeses and nice fresh foods like Bruschetta, lightly fried octopus, octopus salad with a good olive oil or calamari. 


Inez O’Shea
“A Taste of Italy”


Cantina Endrizzi

February 15, 2011 by Inez 1 Comment »

vendita trentinoCantina Endrizzi is one of our main suppliers, and the reason for this being is the excellent quality of their wines.  There are many factors which all contribute to the end product. 
Undoubtedly the location of the vinyard is possibly one of the greatest factors.  Every vinyard even if it’s located in the same area will have different soil, different amounts of sunlight, and a different micro-climate etc, all of these environmental factors is known as the “terroir”.  As you can imagine a
vinyard which has an alpine climate, soil made up of limstone, warm days and cool nights will produce a wine dramatically different wine to a vinyard which is for example in a hot environment, at a lower altitude, with soil made up of clay or granite!! 

Endrizzi is based in Trentino Alto Adige which is just 8km’s from the Austrian border.  Trentino Alto Adige is in the heart of the Dolomites which is famous for its skiing, hiking and spectacular Alps.  Despite the fact that in the winter it is freezing, the climate in summer is quite moderate with warm days, cool nights and a cool mediterinean breeze. 

In the vinyard, to combat insects which damage the vines and eat the grapes, Endrizzi has adopted a natural method, where by 25 birds nests have been planted, these birds feed off the insects which would normally attack the vine and grapes. This method is “organic” and far better for us as well as the environment.  Endrizzi then practices “Short pruning”, “short pruning” involves removing some of the leaves which shade the cluster of grapes, as maximum sunlight and ventilation is best for the grape.  They then also use a “Cluster thinning” method, this practice involves removing some of the grapes on the vine in order to ensure that the remaining grapes can reach above median sugar levels.   All grapes are then hand picked with scrupolous care and attention and placed in baskets so as not to damage the grape once it is off the vine.    
Endrizzi takes as much care in the winery as it does in the vinyard.  With the use of modern technology the white wines are gently pressed then placed into special fermentation containers called a “Ganymede” This “Ganymede” ensures that the quality from the vineyard remains intact in the wine. 
They have also completely rejected chemical cleaners within the winery and to use ozone-enriched water instead.

Endrizzi offers a broad range of wines, however all are indigenous grapes of this region ie Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Muller Thurgau, Nosiola, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Nero, Teroldego, and Lagrein.  They also make a small line of spectacular desert wines as well as  Grappa and Mustards.

We hope you not only enjoy their wines but appreciate the effort and work  and high level of  care that goes into making these wines so special.

Inez O’Shea
“A Taste of Italy”


D’Vine Wine Bar

February 9, 2011 by Inez No Comments »

D’vine Wine bar is a charming little cosy wine bar which has recently opened on Bachelors Walk in central Dublin. It is directly opposite Temple Bar and looks out on to the Liffey River. Appart from their great location D’vine has a great range of Italian wines, being an Italian style wine bar they have all the classic Italian wines ie Chianti, Pinot Grigio, Valpolicella Ripasso etc but also some other quirky little wines which make the wine list intersting and gives it some variety.  Food to enjoy with the wine includes cheese boards and cold meat platters, they also have a small pizza oven where they can whip up some simple but tasty little pizzas and paninni’s in case you feel for something warm.

All in all D’vine is a quaint and homey wine bar, which has a romantic Italian feel yet is smack bang in the heart of Dublin!! Well worth popping in to.

Inez O’Shea
“A Taste of Italy”


A Taste of Spain!!!

November 2, 2010 by Inez 3 Comments »

I know we are “A taste of Italy” however on the weekend I strayed from my usual stomping ground and went to Spain, and what a pleasure it was, despite the fact that my wallet was stolen the Spanish hospitality and culture was its usual friendly, relaxed, and hospitable self.  The reason for my visit was to see a friend, and she, like me “lives and breathes” food and wine, so the first stop was to the deli to buy copious amounts of Jamon, Chorizo, and as many types of Spanish cheeses we could get our hands on!!!

The next objective was to prepare the famous “Paella”. I know I must seem like a bit of “Jack of all trades, Master of none” (as my Dad would say) by cooking Italian, Asian, Malaysian, foods but I really do like to try my hand at everything. Which is exactly what we did. Here is a lovely little recipe which we thorougly enjoyed.  Dont be daunted by the list of ingredients, once you have the ingredients and chopped them up,  its smooth sailing, so long as you follow the method closely,  you will have a delicious Spanish speciality to enjoy!!

weinflascheBecause the majority of the ingredients are white meat, ie chicken or rabbit and seafood I would recommend the Pinot Grigio by Cantina Terlano. Cantina Terlano is a famous winery from Trentino Alto Adige and they produce elegant crisp wines. They are of an extremely high quality and this is due to their scrupulous production methods and also the “Terroir”  of the winery ie volcanic soil, high alpine altitude and the high quality of their grapes, as a result the wine is crisp in flavour yet highly elegant. I personally found the Pinot Grigio by Terlano so light and subtle I was truly amazed. Often I find Pinot Grigio’s to be quite powerful and sharp however this wine is quite the opposite it has aromas reminiscent of ripe honeydew melons, and on the palate the flavours are of pear, apples and slight almond notes. It is soft and balanced with a long finish. It goes extremely well with the Paella as it doesn’t overpower the seafood or chicken and is nicely complimented by the flavours of the chilli, paprika, and garlic.


  • 170g/6oz chorizo, cut into thin slices
    pancetta, cut into small dice
    2 cloves
    garlic finely chopped
    1 large Spanish
    onion, finely diced
    1 red pepper, diced                                                        

    1 tsp soft
    thyme leaves
    ¼ tsp dried red chilli flakes
    570ml/1pint calasparra (Spanish short-grain) rice

    1 tsp
    125ml/4fl oz dry white wine
    1.2 litres/2 pints chicken stock, heated with ¼ tsp saffron strands
    chicken thighs, each chopped in half and browned
    18 small
    clams, cleaned
    110g/4oz fresh or frozen
    4 large tomatoes, de-seeded and diced
    125ml/4fl oz good
    olive oilPaella
    1 head
    garlic, cloves separated and peeled
    12 jumbo raw
    prawns, in shells
    squid, cleaned and chopped into bite-sized pieces
    5 tbsp chopped flatleaf
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper



Preparation method

  1. Heat half the olive oil in a paella dish or heavy-based saucepan. Add the chorizo and pancetta and fry until crisp. Add the garlic, onion and pepper and heat until softened. Add the thyme, chilli flakes and calasparra rice, and stir until all the grains of rice are nicely coated and glossy. Now add the paprika and dry white wine and when it is bubbling, pour in the hot chicken stock, add the chicken thighs and cook for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Now place the clams into the dish with the join facing down so that the edges open outwards. Sprinkle in the peas and chopped tomatoes and continue to cook gently for another 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil with the garlic cloves in a separate pan and add the prawns. Fry quickly for a minute or two then add them to the paella. Now do the same with the squid and add them to the paella too.
  4. Scatter the chopped parsley over the paella and serve immediately

Inez O’Shea
“A taste of Italy”


Terlano Wines!!

June 8, 2010 by Inez 2 Comments »

Terlano is one of the top 10 wineries in Italy, and have been producing wine since 1893.  Terlano is in Trentino region in the North of Italy, and what makes this wine so special is the fact that it is based at the foot of a large mountain where the vinyard faces South, consequently it recieves a high rate of sunshine and has almost a Mediterranean climate, the fact that it has this particular climate is amazing considering it is in an alpine region, bordering Austria!! 

The soil in the vineyards  lie on a striking red porphyry base, which is volcanic rock .  As a result of the unique environment and soil of the region, along with expert wine making skills, Terlano has produced spectacular wines. The wines are famous for being elegent,  fruity, with big body, full complexity and longevity.  The white wines produced by Terlano are the stars of the show, however their red’s are also exceptional!!

“A taste of Italy” currently stocks the

Sauvignon Winkle,
Terlano Terla
Pinot Grigio,
Sauvignon Quarz,
Terlano Lagrein Porphyr

Now is the ideal time to be enjoying these wines as summer is here and on a warm summers afternoon you will really appreciate the crisp, fruity yet elegant wines of Terlano!!


Inez O’Shea “A taste of Italy”