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Gorey Agricultural Show

June 16, 2011 by Christine 2 Comments »

If anyone is in North Wexford this weekend, come and find us at Gorey Agricultural Show ( You’ll have a chance to taste all of the Tola wines and try some prosecco too.

We’ll also have some great pasta, sauces, breadsticks and dips on sale.

We look forward to seeing you there.



Recipe for the week!!!

August 30, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

Champagne Rice!!!                                                 


This is a recipe for the ladies!! So Gentelmen if you’re wishing to make a good impression, keep this recipe in mind!!


1 lt of  vegetable stock
1 cup of freshly grated Parmesan                                                   
1/4 onion
2 handlfuls of risotto per person
3-4 tablespoons of butter
1.5 cups of Prosecco or Champagne
(This recipe is for 4 people)

Dice the onion and brown with a tablespoon of butter.  At the same time heat up the stock so its hot but not boiling. Add the rice to and stir for a few seconds,using a wood spoon so that it is a little crunchy. Keep the heat low, and now add one glass of champagne. Wait until the rice has abosorbed the champagne and with a ladle add 1 ladle of stock, continue to stir the rice until again it has been absorbed, repeat this process for about 20 mintues or so until you can see that the rice is a thick consistency and if you try a small amount on a spoon, it should be soft!! Just before its ready, add 1 cup of parmesan, half a glass of champagne, and a good dollp of butter, and continue to stir!!
Serve in a bowl, and if you wish add some cracked pepper and a little more parmesan on top.

Enjoy with the remaining champage, but once this has finished, you could move onto a good glass of Greco. Greco, by Cantina Tabourno is from Campania, near Napoli!! Its a step up from the light crisp Prosecco and for me I prefer to enjoy with the rice as I find that with all the different flavours of the risotto, a wine with a bit of body really adds to it and seems to accentuate all of the different flavours not only in the rice but also in the wine as well!!
Greco by Cantina Tabourno, is medium bodied.  You will notice hints of almonds, this is due to the volcanic soil.  The aroma’s are of lemons and tropical fruits.  To drink its FULL of flavour yet suprisingly smooth, it is refreshing and quite crisp, with the predmoninant flavours being of  lemons, pears and toasted almonds!!

Greco comes from a very warm environment, and there are many influences on its flavours. First and formost the Volcanic soil of Campania really changes the taste of the wine, it gives the wine the mineral notes which it is extremely famous for. Then of course being right on the sea it has the influences of the fresh sea breezes and not to forget the intense  sun of Napoli. With all of these elements combined a spectacular white wine has been born!

I hope you enjoy the meal and my recommendations!!

Enjoy!!Inez O’Shea
” A taste of Italy”


Cocktail Recipe

August 24, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

Ok Summer is still here and its still not too late to whip up a cocktail!!!

This week I suggest a simple and easy recipe, no blenders, no crushed ice, just nice  cold ingredients and away you go!!!

Take 1 bottle of Prosecco
1/2 litre of Cranberry Juice
2 cap fulls of Contreau
4 or 5 sprigs of mint

As you can see it doesnt take much other then  large punch bowl and a group of enthuastic drinkers!!!


Inez “A taste of Italy”


“Credo” Wine and Pizza tasting

June 28, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

Royalty Free RF Clipart Illustration Of A 3d Chef Henry Character Serving A Pizza Pie Version 1 by Julos“Credo” is a new up and coming take away pizza shop in Dublin, they are situatied very close to St Stephens Green and are the first take away shop in Ireland which can deliver pizza and wine together, so when you ring up to order your pizza, not only can you order the pizza but a bottle of wine to go with it!! “Credo” prides itself on its genuine Italian pizza, with all Italian staff trained in pizza making. The pizza’s are about 10 steps up from a fast food pizza as the dough is made by hand and the ingredients are fresh and of a very good quality, not only this but it is very reasonably priced!!

 This week kicking off from Tuesday the 29th of June “Credo” will begin a week of wine tasting showcasing all of the wines which they stock.  The agenda for the week is as follows
Tuesday the 29th – 
-Cortese Divino, by Produttori Del Gavi 2009
-Greco, by Cantina del Taburno 2009
– Valpolicella Ripasso, by Le Tobele 2008

Wednesday 30th
– San Vincenzo, by Anselmi 2009 (A taste of Italy)
– Chianti Colli Senesi, by Salchetto 2008  (A taste of Italy)
– Dolcetto d’Alba, by Sandrone 2008  (A taste of Italy)

Thursday 1st
-Aglianico, by Koine 2008 (Wicklow Wines)
-Prosecco, by Viticolturi Ponte (Wicklow Wines)
-Merlot and Nero D’Avola, by Lunate 2008  (Wicklow Wines)
-San Giovese, by Piane di Maggio 2008 (Wicklow Wines)

Friday 2nd July
– All of the above wines including
-Amarone Della Valpolicella, by Lo Tobele 2006  (A taste of Italy)

The music will be pumping and the pizza and wine flowing, so it will be a great opportunity to enjoy a bit of wine and pizza after work and a really good opportunity to to try a variety of wines so when you do order a pizza you know exactly what wine you would like to go with it!!

The wine tasting is from 5:00-7:00pm on Montague st (off Lower Camden st). 
Look forward to seeing you all there!!

Inez O’Shea – A taste of Italy


Easter Menu!!

March 17, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

We Irish always eat Lamb at Easter!!

A good hearty leg of lamb and a bottle of wine is the perfect Easter lunch!!

Recipe for Easter Sunday lunch!!

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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2kg/4lb leg of lamb
  • 2tbsp plain flour
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 75cl dry white wine
  • 600ml/1 pint chicken stock
  • 1tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp redcurrent jellyy
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

1. Pre heat the oven to 170 degrees
2. Pour the oil into a large, sturdy roasting tin and set it over the hob
3. Season the lamb, then roll it in the flour.  Brown the lamb all over in the hot oil for 5-10mins
4. Add the onions and cook for a further 5-10mins, turning the lamb and stirring the onions until both are nicely browned.
5. Add the garlic, white wine, stock, oregano, redcurrent jelly, bring to simmer and cook in the over for 3-3.5 hours, basting now and again with the liquor. There should be a good quantity of wine left in the bottom of the tin to serve with the lamb and if you feel it is getting  too dry just cover with foil.
6. Take the lamb out of the tin and place on a large board to rest in a warm place. While the lamb is resting, sit the tin back on the hob and simmer the pan juices for a few minutes, reducing the luquid if there is a lot, to make a tasty gravy.
7. Cut the lamb into thick slices- you’ll find the meat fall away from the bone!!
8. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes and the wine gravy!!

Wine Menu for Easter Sunday!!!

  • Before Lunch enjoy our Vinvita Prosecco!!
  • With your the lunch perfect wine to compliment the lamb is our Valpolicella Ripasso, by Le Tobele!!
  • After lunch try our sweet Endrizzi Moscato Rosa!!

Tasting Notes:

Valpolicella Classico Ripasso D.O.C.

Grapes:         Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Rondinella.
Colour:          Ruby red
Aroma:         Vinous and delicate.

Taste:             Dry, harmonious and soft
Drink with:   All meats and cheeses.

Moscato Rosa  2006

Grape:              Moscato Rosa
Aroma:             Rich, complex and elegent bouquet with an aroma that strongly recalls Roses
Taste:                The rich mouth-feel and pleasantly sweet-taste charm with their special harmony and finesse.
Drink with:       A special aperitif. Typical meditation wine to be enjoyed alone or with dry pastries.



Mother’s Day Special

March 10, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

To celebrate Mother’s Day we are having a special on our Prosecco Vin Vita!!

Treat your Mother to a bottle our lovely Prosecco, as it makes a great present!! We recomend…

Prosecco Breakfast or Brunch

A picnic with a bottle of chilled Prosecco

Mother and daughters night out, beginning with a bottle of Prosecco and strawberries and moving on to cocktails

Recipe for a Bellini is as follows-

  • Take 1/2 a peach and cut into small quarter’s and put it into a blender
  • Add 1/4 of a bottle of Prosecco
  • Add some sugar or sugar syrup
  • Line the top of the glass with sugar
  • Blend it all together and ENJOY

Prepare a seafood dinner for your mam and enjoy with some Prosecco

Finish the night with a lovely box of chocolates and Proscco

Inez O’Shea “A taste of Italy”




Endrizzi wine evenings

March 5, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

This week we welcomed Mr Thommas Kemmler from Endrizzi wines, we had 2 lovely evenings the first evening was a wine dinner at the Elephant and Castle and the 2nd night was an information and tasting at Manifesto restaurant in Rathmines.  

The Elephant and Castle served a 4 course meal, and with each course a different wine was served, starting with the Endrizzi Prosecco Frizzante, followed by the Masetto Bianco, the Masetto Nero and finally Moscato Rosa. The Elephant and Castle did a supurb  job of pairing the  food with the wine and Thomas gave a great talk about the wines. 

The 2nd evening was at Manifesto, a new Italian restaurant in Rathmines.  The wines were a slightly different choice but all wines went very well with Manifesto’s menu.  The wine choices were  Masetto Bianco, Nosiola, Tereldego and Serpaiolo.   We hope that everyone who attended enjoyed the evening, and we would like to thank Thomas for his visit!!!

Inez O”Shea”A taste of Italy”


Wine Tasting

March 1, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

Hi Everyone tomorrow night there will be a wine tasting at the “Elephant and Castle” in Temple Bar. We have the producer himself, Thomas Endrizzi who will be on hand to explain and talk all about his wines.

We have a lovely selection of wines begenning with the Prosecco Valdobbiane, followed by the Masetto Bianco, Masetto Nero and finally the Moscato Rosa.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Endrizzi, Endrizzi is from the North of Italy, very close to Austria, and they produce a large variety of wines which are well worth trying!!

The tasting will begin at 7:00pm.

We’re really looking foward to seeing you all there!!

Inez “A taste of Italy”