• Tasting of Marchesi de Frescobaldi Wines 11th April 2012

    Date & Time: 11th April at 2pm


    Venue: United Arts Club, 3, Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin,2.

    Hugh Murray


    Hugh Murray, Sales Director of Classic Drinks  presented an excellent range of wines from Marchesi de Frescobaldi of the most prestigious Tuscan family winemakers, with a tradition going back some 700 years.
    See Report under Archives/Tastings
  • Odfjell

    ALIARA 2008 – 92 Points
    OUTSTANDING POINTS RECEIVED IN THE LAST
    ROBERT PARKER REVIEW


    We are happy to announce that our Aliara and Orzada wines have received outstanding scores in the last Robert Parker review for the Wine Advocate magazine.

    Aliara 2008 – 92 points

    The 2008 Aliara is a blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Carignan, and 20% Malbec that works beautifully. The wine spent 18 months in new French oak. It displays sandalwood, earthy minerals, black fruits, balsamic, and lavender. Full-bodied, spicy, plush, and complex, this lengthy effort merits another 2-3 years of cellaring and offers a drinking window extending from 2014 to 2023.

    Other scores:

    Orzada Organic Carignan 2008 – 90+ Points

    Orzada Malbec 2009 – 90+ Points

    Orzada Syrah 2008 – 88+ Points

    Orzada Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – 88 Points

    Orzada Carmenère 2009 – 88 Points

    To see more details:

    Complete wine list

    Product Sheet Aliara 2008

    www.erobertparker.com

    www.odfjellvineyards.cl

  • Burgundy Masterclass

    Next Seminar takes place in Limerick- Irish Guild of Sommelier members welcome to attend

    The training seminar is as follows:

    21 May 14:30 – 16:30 at The Savoy Hotel, Limerick

    Register today to attend by emailing your details to elaine@noffla.ie

    Discover the Origin – Burgundy Wines Masterclass

    NOffLA in conjunction with the Discover the Origin campaign, is inviting members to attend a masterclass about Burgundy Wines in Cork.  Discover the Origin is an established European Union campaign designed to educate and excite food and wine fans aboutprecious food and drink products, all with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status. This initiative unites a tantalising fusion of fine food and wine, including Parma Ham, Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese, Burgundy Wines, Port and Douro Wines.  Each product is unique to the region in which it is produced and celebrated the world over for its flavours, history and traditions.

    Discover the Origin, in association with NOffLA, is delighted to invite members to participate in a Burgundy Wines Masterclass. This two hour course, presented by expert wine consultant and writer Kevin Ecock will take you on a journey through the Burgundy wine region and the iconic wines it has to offer showcasing as well exciting recipes and wine pairings.

    Classes are FREE but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  Register today by emailing your details to Elaine@noffla.ie

  • ASI

    We regret to announce that our Honorary President Kazuyoshi Kogai has passed away on 27th March,2012.

    Mr. Kogai was the immediate past President of ASI.

    Yumiko Ueno, Japan Sommelier Association.

    Mr. Kogai

  • Clann Tiobraid Árann Baile Átha Cliath Teo

    Liam Aherne, Honorary member Irish Guild of Sommeliers and proprietor of the Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin was nominated for The Tipperary Association Dublin Hall of Fame Award 2011.

    This award will be presented to Liam at an awards dinner and function on the 28th April,2012 at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Nass Road, Dublin.

    Congratulations from Mary O’ Callaghan, President and Council of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers.

    Oliver Murtagh, Guild Vice President was in attendance at the announcement.

    Noel Dever, Diageo, Liam Aherne & Willie Aherne, Palace Bar, Andrew O' Gorman, Liam Myles, President, Tipperary Association Dublin

  • State Wine

    Tuesday March 20 2012

    MORE than €50,000 was spent last year on restocking the State’s wine cellar.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs spent €51,952 on wine for visits and events in 2011, over four times as much as the previous year. In total, almost €200,000 has been spent on wine since 2005, according to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.

    The four-fold increase in expenditure in 2011 has been attributed to visits by Queen Elizabeth and President Barack Obama as well as the presidential election.

    “The department’s stock of wine is maintained for use in relation to state and official hospitality.

    “Expenditure in 2011 reflects the significant number of high-level events and visits during the year and the need to plan ahead and restock for events relating to Ireland‘s chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in 2012 and the EU presidency in 2013.

    “Stock is reviewed on a regular basis to maintain levels and ensure value for money. In general, expenditure averages €28,000 a year,” a spokesperson for the department said.

    The cellar holds 2,807 bottles of red and white wine with 610 of the bottles purchased costing over €50 each.

    The most expensive wine stored is the 2001 Chateau Lynch Bages, Grand Cru Classe (left) which cost the department €79 a bottle. The oldest bottle of wine is the French Chateau Lynch Talbot (1995) which cost €38.41, now worth approximately €80.

    The cheapest bottle is the Protocolo Tinto (2007) from Spain which costs €8.09 per bottle.

  • Next Small Thing

    The Next Big Thing
    Written by Frank Corr
    Monday, 19 March 2012
    Could an obscure vine from eastern Europe be the ‘Next Big Thing’ for the New Zealand wine industry?

    ‘Well- maybe the next small thing’, says Matt Thompson , wine maker at Saint Claire Family Estate who visited Dublin in February.

    He is among a small, but growing band of New Zealand wine producers who are experimenting with Gruner Veltliner, the signature grape of Austria,  but which is also grown in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and more recently in Australia’s Adelaide Hills.

    The New Zealand growers are attracted to the grape because it can be used to make food-friendly wine, with its citrus and peach flavours and spicy overtones. So far they have planted only around 30 hectares of the vine, 80% of which are to be found in Marlborough, but interest is growing all the time and some of the big time producers are keeping an eye on developments.

    Introducing nine different expressions of  NZ Gruner Veltliner,  Matt Thompson said that the grape retains its European characteristics, although it tends to be more aromatic than its Austrian cousin. ‘It tends to perform best where water and nutrients are plentiful’, Matt Thompson said. In that respect it is similar to Sauvignon Blanc which has been highly successful in New Zealand.’

    ‘We conducted extensive research before planting and what consistently came through from the Austrians was that Grüner needed reasonable vigour because it is a nutrient and water hungry variety, like Sauvignon Blanc’, he added.

    The wines tasted at the presentation spanned Marlborough, Gisborne and Nelson but did not include examples of plantings in Hawkes Bay or Otago.

    ‘The Paddler’ from Marlborough, which is available here through Liberty Wines, had excellent acidity and a nice peppery element and this was followed by ‘The Groover’  from Coopers Creek in Gisborne, which the first winery to commercially release a ‘Gru Vee’ in 2008 from vines acquired from a nursery four years earlier. This is available from Musgraves. Seifried Gruner Veltliner 2011 from Nelson was elegant with prominent citrus flavours and is distributed in Ireland by Classic Drinks. The final three wines were from Marlborough- Hans Herzog GV 2011 which is not available here, Yealands GV 2011, a cool climate expression with a distinctive saltiness distributed by Liberty Wines and finally Matt’s own Saint Clair Pioneer Block 5 GV 2011 which is available through Findlater Wine and Spirit Group.

    Matt Thompson spoke of some issues relating to the making of  Gruner Veltliner, notably the need for a very clean ferment and treating the thick-skinned grape carefully to avoid extracting phenolics.

    It will be some time yet before New Zealand puts a major marketing drive behind Gruner Veltliner, but consumers are being advised to ‘watch this space.’

    Matt Thompson’s masterclass was part of the annual New Zealand Wine Fair which has a tradition of pleasant surprises and innovations. This time around we could taste from four educational tables highlighting Riesling, Chardonnay, Sparkling Wines and Bordeaux Blends. In this part of the world we do not usually associate NZ with blended red wines, but the examples on the tasting table could stand their ground in any European company. New Zealand has been growing Cabernet Sauvignon since the 1800s, but Merlot is a relative newcomer dating only to the 1980s. Apart from Pinot Noir, which is produced as a varietal, most NZ reds  are Bordeaux blends with Merlot from the North,  predominating. Initially these wines were sold principally on the home market but exports of Merlot/Cabernet blends have grown by 83% over the past five years to 3.4m litres. Among the wines to catch the taste buds were Crossroads Talisman, Hawkes Bay 2009 (€23.99 Evergreen Wines), Vidal Reserve Series Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Hawkes Bay (Barry and Fitzwilliam) and Babich ‘The Patriarch’ Hawkes Bay (Ampersand).

    No New Zealand tasting would be complete without its Pinot Noir and it was interesting to learn that ‘tannin structure and tertiary development’ are now the focus of many growers including Forrest Wines.

  • John Pearson

    John Pearson, Managing Director of Edward Dillon and Co. Ltd., is to retire from the Company on April 30th after 19 years’ service. He will be succeeded by Andy O’Hara, currently Commercial Director for the company.

    AOG 15/3/2012.

  • Spain

    GRUPO TERRAS GAUDA

    Bodegas Terras Gauda, parent company of the Group, was founded in 1989 at O Rosal. The winery’s philosophy was that the Albariño, being a noble variety, could achieve greater dimensions in combination with other native strains to provide it with new shades.
    It has 160 hectares of vineyards located in a privileged spot near the mouth of the Rio Miño.

    R&D+I

    The winery since its founding commitment to R & D + I for added quality and uniqueness of its wines respecting the local varieties, and enhancers. In just two decades has positioned itself as a leader in research and development.
    Has pioneered the study of clonal selection of Albariño grapes and the first patent for yeast Albariño with the CSIC, the only winery in Galicia and one of the few places in Spain that has its own yeast isolated in the vineyard.
    In 2010 recorded a new patent with the prestigious scientific body, which represents a fundamental advance in the winery’s knowledge of a variety so important to the development of their wines such as Albariño and culminates the successful cooperation with CSIC.

    He has also recovered a native variety, the White Caíño, which was practically defunct, and has released the first wine made from this variety, LA MAR.

    Wines

    Annually sells more than 1.5 million bottles of wines TERRAS GAUDA, TERRAS GAUDA black label, ABADÍA DE SAN CAMPIO and LA MAR, and distillates PORTA DO MIÑO (white rum, herbs and coffee liqueur)

    Diversification and expansion

    The winery has experienced significant growth in national and international level in recent years, it has also added three new business projects forming the TERRAS GAUDA GROUP:

    Bodegas PITTACUM (D. O. Bierzo) – 2002

    A ROSALEIRA – 2007

    QUINTA SARDONIA (Ribera del Duero) – 2010

    BODEGAS PITTACUM

    Fits Group philosophy of producing wines with a marked individuality and personality, in identifying the origin and provenance. It is located in Arganza, local wine with a long tradition for 2,000 years.
    Founded in 1999, has 8 hectares of vineyards with old vines, aged between 50 and 80 years old, located on poor soils.
    PITTACUM pioneered the 90 in the Bierzo with a new model of wine, which are specially cared for the vine and incorporating the quality and production processes, eliminating the acidity and gain authenticity.

    Wines

    Sells 100% Mencia wines PITTACUM,  PITTACUM AUREA, pink TRES OBISPOS and in 2010 launched LA PROHIBICIÓN, made from Garnacha vineyards Tintorera centenarians after a careful process of breeding, selection and processing.

    Expansion Project
    PITTACUM currently developing a winery expansion project after the acquisition of three buildings and adjoining rural land to increase the area of vineyards and increased production of the winery, which is 200,000 bottles a year.

    QUINTA SARDONIA

    Taking 75% share of the winery in Ribera del Duero QUINTA SARDONIA has been an important added value for the wine group positioning in the premium wine industry because they belong to one of the most renowned wine regions and greater global outreach.

    QUINTA SARDONIA is located on a farm Sardon del Duero (Valladolid) and 400 meters from the banks of the River Duero. In 20 acres of vineyards with 11 different payments with a wealth of soil (gypsum, marl and limestone).

    Wines

    Makes the wines and QS2 QS, based on the principles of biodynamics to achieve balance between soil, climate, variety and natural environment, under the direction field and hold the prestigious French winemaker Jerome Bougnaud and advice of Peter Sisseck.

    A ROSALEIRA

    Terras Gauda in 2007 diversified its business with the acquisition of A ROSALEIRA, handmade works of high quality canned vegetables in O Rosal founded in 1934.

    GRUPO TERRAS GAUDA

    Bodegas Terras Gauda, parent company of the Group, was founded in 1989 at O Rosal. The winery’s philosophy was that the Albariño, being a noble variety, could achieve greater dimensions in combination with other native strains to provide it with new shades.
    It has 160 hectares of vineyards located in a privileged spot near the mouth of the Rio Miño.

    R&D+I

    The winery since its founding commitment to R & D + I for added quality and uniqueness of its wines respecting the local varieties, and enhancers. In just two decades has positioned itself as a leader in research and development.
    Has pioneered the study of clonal selection of Albariño grapes and the first patent for yeast Albariño with the CSIC, the only winery in Galicia and one of the few places in Spain that has its own yeast isolated in the vineyard.
    In 2010 recorded a new patent with the prestigious scientific body, which represents a fundamental advance in the winery’s knowledge of a variety so important to the development of their wines such as Albariño and culminates the successful cooperation with CSIC.

    He has also recovered a native variety, the White Caíño, which was practically defunct, and has released the first wine made from this variety, LA MAR.

    Wines

    Annually sells more than 1.5 million bottles of wines TERRAS GAUDA, TERRAS GAUDA black label, ABADÍA DE SAN CAMPIO and LA MAR, and distillates PORTA DO MIÑO (white rum, herbs and coffee liqueur)

    Diversification and expansion

    The winery has experienced significant growth in national and international level in recent years, it has also added three new business projects forming the TERRAS GAUDA GROUP:

    Bodegas PITTACUM (D. O. Bierzo) – 2002

    A ROSALEIRA – 2007

    QUINTA SARDONIA (Ribera del Duero) – 2010

    BODEGAS PITTACUM

    Fits Group philosophy of producing wines with a marked individuality and personality, in identifying the origin and provenance. It is located in Arganza, local wine with a long tradition for 2,000 years.
    Founded in 1999, has 8 hectares of vineyards with old vines, aged between 50 and 80 years old, located on poor soils.
    PITTACUM pioneered the 90 in the Bierzo with a new model of wine, which are specially cared for the vine and incorporating the quality and production processes, eliminating the acidity and gain authenticity.

    Wines

    Sells 100% Mencia wines PITTACUM,  PITTACUM AUREA, pink TRES OBISPOS and in 2010 launched LA PROHIBICIÓN, made from Garnacha vineyards Tintorera centenarians after a careful process of breeding, selection and processing.

    Expansion Project
    PITTACUM currently developing a winery expansion project after the acquisition of three buildings and adjoining rural land to increase the area of vineyards and increased production of the winery, which is 200,000 bottles a year.

    QUINTA SARDONIA

    Taking 75% share of the winery in Ribera del Duero QUINTA SARDONIA has been an important added value for the wine group positioning in the premium wine industry because they belong to one of the most renowned wine regions and greater global outreach.

    QUINTA SARDONIA is located on a farm Sardon del Duero (Valladolid) and 400 meters from the banks of the River Duero. In 20 acres of vineyards with 11 different payments with a wealth of soil (gypsum, marl and limestone).

    Wines

    Makes the wines and QS2 QS, based on the principles of biodynamics to achieve balance between soil, climate, variety and natural environment, under the direction field and hold the prestigious French winemaker Jerome Bougnaud and advice of Peter Sisseck.

    A ROSALEIRA

    Terras Gauda in 2007 diversified its business with the acquisition of A ROSALEIRA, handmade works of high quality canned vegetables in O Rosal founded in 1934.

  • Grupo Terras Gauda

    GRUPO TERRAS GAUDA

    Bodegas Terras Gauda, parent company of the Group, was founded in 1989 at O Rosal. The winery’s philosophy was that the Albariño, being a noble variety, could achieve greater dimensions in combination with other native strains to provide it with new shades.
    It has 160 hectares of vineyards located in a privileged spot near the mouth of the Rio Miño.

    R&D+I

    The winery since its founding commitment to R & D + I for added quality and uniqueness of its wines respecting the local varieties, and enhancers. In just two decades has positioned itself as a leader in research and development.
    Has pioneered the study of clonal selection of Albariño grapes and the first patent for yeast Albariño with the CSIC, the only winery in Galicia and one of the few places in Spain that has its own yeast isolated in the vineyard.
    In 2010 recorded a new patent with the prestigious scientific body, which represents a fundamental advance in the winery’s knowledge of a variety so important to the development of their wines such as Albariño and culminates the successful cooperation with CSIC.

    He has also recovered a native variety, the White Caíño, which was practically defunct, and has released the first wine made from this variety, LA MAR.

    Wines

    Annually sells more than 1.5 million bottles of wines TERRAS GAUDA, TERRAS GAUDA black label, ABADÍA DE SAN CAMPIO and LA MAR, and distillates PORTA DO MIÑO (white rum, herbs and coffee liqueur)

    Diversification and expansion

    The winery has experienced significant growth in national and international level in recent years, it has also added three new business projects forming the TERRAS GAUDA GROUP:

    Bodegas PITTACUM (D. O. Bierzo) – 2002

    A ROSALEIRA – 2007

    QUINTA SARDONIA (Ribera del Duero) – 2010

    BODEGAS PITTACUM

    Fits Group philosophy of producing wines with a marked individuality and personality, in identifying the origin and provenance. It is located in Arganza, local wine with a long tradition for 2,000 years.
    Founded in 1999, has 8 hectares of vineyards with old vines, aged between 50 and 80 years old, located on poor soils.
    PITTACUM pioneered the 90 in the Bierzo with a new model of wine, which are specially cared for the vine and incorporating the quality and production processes, eliminating the acidity and gain authenticity.

    Wines

    Sells 100% Mencia wines PITTACUM,  PITTACUM AUREA, pink TRES OBISPOS and in 2010 launched LA PROHIBICIÓN, made from Garnacha vineyards Tintorera centenarians after a careful process of breeding, selection and processing.

    Expansion Project
    PITTACUM currently developing a winery expansion project after the acquisition of three buildings and adjoining rural land to increase the area of vineyards and increased production of the winery, which is 200,000 bottles a year.

    QUINTA SARDONIA

    Taking 75% share of the winery in Ribera del Duero QUINTA SARDONIA has been an important added value for the wine group positioning in the premium wine industry because they belong to one of the most renowned wine regions and greater global outreach.

    QUINTA SARDONIA is located on a farm Sardon del Duero (Valladolid) and 400 meters from the banks of the River Duero. In 20 acres of vineyards with 11 different payments with a wealth of soil (gypsum, marl and limestone).

    Wines

    Makes the wines and QS2 QS, based on the principles of biodynamics to achieve balance between soil, climate, variety and natural environment, under the direction field and hold the prestigious French winemaker Jerome Bougnaud and advice of Peter Sisseck.

    A ROSALEIRA

    Terras Gauda in 2007 diversified its business with the acquisition of A ROSALEIRA, handmade works of high quality canned vegetables in O Rosal founded in 1934.