• Australia Trade Tasting 29 January,2015

    The Australian wine celebration continues in Ireland on January 29 where we will host 25 brands in Dublin. The event promotes the diversity of Australia’s wine regions and gives Irish trade and press the opportunity to meet a selection of our leading producers and their respective teams.

    In an Irish first, we will be offering a food and wine matching element enabling attendees to explore different styles with various sample dishes. Our aim is to demonstrate the versatility of Australian wine and how it can be the ideal accompaniment to a myriad of dishes. Two focus tables of Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon will be set up to showcase Australia’s regionality and varietal diversity.

    Guests will also have the chance to attend a Chardonnay and Shiraz Masterclass with 10 stylistically and regionally distinctive wines to taste as they learn more about two of Australia’s most well-known varieties.

    If you are interested in attending this event, please make sure you register. Registrations will open early in the new year.

    For more information please contact Wine Australia European Events Manager Camilla Coste atcamilla.coste@wineaustralia.com or +44 207 887 5195.

  • BEST WHISKEY BAR IN LEINSTER: The Palace Bar, Dublin

    BEST WHISKEY BAR IN LEINSTER: The Palace Bar, Dublin

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    It is 125 years since Dublin had its own distillery but the Teeling family are changing that. Working alongside them in the renewal of Dublin whiskey is another famous family, the Ahernes, who bought the Palace from the Widow Ryan in the late 1940s.

    William Ryan came up from Tipperary and started bottling his own whiskey on the premises, a common enough task at the time. His son Liam took over in turn and now Liam’s son Willie has played his part by reinventing the upstairs lounge into the Whiskey Palace, a purpose-designed whiskey bar steeped in history and nostalgia.

    The shelves and cupboards are stacked with the best Irish whiskeys in the world but it’s the return of the Palace own label that has captured people’s attention. A single malt known as the Fourth Estate that features a former editor of The Irish Times on its label stands proudly beside a wonderful nine-year-old and a fantastic 14-year-old (itself married with a 21-year-old).

    It is a steady coupling and far from the blends that characterised whisky drinking of old. Nowadays Ahern loves to pitch whiskey to new arrivals on the scene and points them towards single pot stills. He was a fan of Yellow Spot before it was common on Dublin shelves and is a great fan of Teelings. Writers Tears from the Walsh Distillery is another great whiskey that deserves mention, he says, and a brand that has its world market firmly in sight.

  • Tasting 12th December,2014

    Tasting of  Biblia Chora Sauvignon from Greece and Prieure Saint Jean de Bebian – well worth popping in for! The tasting is on from 4.30pm-6.00pm at the Celtic Whiskey Shop, Dawson Street, Dublin