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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”

 

Amarone, What a Red!!!

July 13, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

Certainly there are wines which are very subtle and you really need to look deep into them to feel and sense their flavours, and then there are others which nearly knock you out.  One which stands out in particular for me is the Amarone. For those who have never tried an Amarone  its an explosion of flavour!

To begin with just the colour is amazing, a deep intense, ruby red. Just by looking at it, I had a rough idea of what I was getting myself into. Of course the aromas are just as strong and powerful as I imagined, rich and fruity, along with aromas of red berries and spices.  Drinking this wine is the pinnacle of the whole experience.   It is intense, rich, luscious, and fruity. It is also very smooth and velvety while at the same time quite thick, and unbelievably fruity!! I really had never tried anything like it, and was completely blown away.!  Now to the reason why this is such a unique wine….

In a nutshel Amarone delle Valpolicella comes from the Veneto region in Northern Italy.  Amarone is a blend of the Corvina, Molinara, and Rondinella grapes.  The grapes after being picked are dried for several months on straw mats in the lofts above the farm houses or barns at the winery before being pressed and fermented. The dried fruit has a higher residual sugar which is mostly fermented away. This results in a dry wine of tremendous depth and intensity; in addition to a generally higher alcohol content, normally around 15% but sometimes even higher. Its this process which makes the wine so concentrated with such a distinct flavour. 

I recommend this wine with pasta or red meat dishes, or simply with a nice cheese board. However be careful the fruity flavours leave you wanting more and its a wine which can easily be “sat on” for a long time, so watch the old 15%, it catches up you!!!

Enjoy!!
Inez “A taste of Italy”

                                          The drying process of  the grapes     

 

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!!

Enjoy!!

Inez O’Shea “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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Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:
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.