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Borgo del Tiglio

28thAug 2015

 

 

 

We are thrilled to have a small number of wines from Borgo Del Tiglio.

Esteemed wine critic Antonio Galloni writes:
“Borgo del Tiglio is one of the world’s greatest estates. Proprietor Nicola Manferrari crafts brilliant, chiseled whites built on saline-infused minerality and energy that capture the essence of some of Friuli’s most compelling terroirs.

The 2011 Studio di Bianco is drop-dead gorgeous. White flowers, mint, peaches and apricots all flesh out in a wine endowed with stunning purity and finesse. Aromatic and intensely perfumed, the 2011 is firing on all cylinders today. French oak adds shape and volume, but without overwhelming regional or varietal characteristics. Readers who can find the 2011 are in for a real treat. It is a stunner. 94/Drinking window: 2015-2026. ”

 

 

 

Natural Wine @ 64

15thApr 2015

 

 

 

While sounding both simple and good the ‘Natural’ wine category is far from simple and more often challenging rather than good. While we in Ireland have begun to embrace the trend we lag far behind places like London, Paris and New York.

What is Natural wine? Sadly there is no recognised body that regulates the category and as a result it is often left up to winemakers to declare. This leads to confusion, inconsistency and abuse. In theory Natural wines are made with minimal or no intervention, either with chemicals and without the technological tool box. This is further than either ‘Organic’ or ‘Biodynamic’ dare go. These methodologies only govern the growth of the grape and allow for the use of both chemicals and the use of modern technology in the winemaking stage.

For years I have travelled extensively both to wineries and to ‘Natural wine tastings such as Raw Wine in London or La Dive in Saumur,  in my search for an answer on the question of quality.

 In Paris it is getting increasingly difficult to find wine-bars in the trendier areas that sell conventional wines. Some of the leading chefs in the world are converting their lists either to accommodate or to convert to Natural wine. Inaki Aizpitarte of Le Chateaubriand in Paris, Rene Redzepi of Noma in Copenhagen, Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana in Modena, and Claude Bosi of Hibiscus in London are some of the higher profile converts.

I remain circumspect. For me there are three distinctive categories of Natural wine:

-Faulty wines, which having lacked careful handling and the sterilizing effect of SO2. These wines are ruined by Volatile Acidity (vinegar flavours), unacceptably high levels of bretanomyces or oxidatively tainted. I can’t help feeling that the use of ‘Natural wines’ in this context acts as a foil for shoddy wine making.

 

-Extreme Natural wine making but using old traditional wine making techniques such as amphora wines, wines made using lengthy skin contact and oxidative maturation. Some truly great wine makers fall into this category. Josko Gravner, Stanko Radikon, Arianna Occhipinti and Elena Pantaleoni of La Stoppa to name just a handful. These wines are unique and intense, they are honest and crafted with extraordinary skill and know-how. However contrary to the views of many I firmly believe that they do not possess varietal typicity nor do they demonstrate terroir characteristics . They possess similarities regardless of the variety used or their region of origin. They are often tart, bordering on cidery , many are oxidative and share the nutty profile of dry sherry.

-Natural that taste conventional ( or nearly). In this group many wine makers shun the use of the category ‘Natural’. Many have made wine this way all their lives and inherited the respectful approach to nature and biodiversity. However they employ the knowledge of technological advances in ensuring that the wines are made without faults while preserving the integrity of the varietal style and importantly ensure that the wines express themselves through their origin. Terroir is both present and the defining factor of the wines. Great wines like Cos from the Vittoria region of Sicily made by Giusto Occhipinti using Nero d’Avola; i Clivi from Friuli, where Mario Zanusso uses Malvesia, Merlot and Friulano to make intensely pure and fine wines; Olivier Riviere the young handsome French man from Cognac making an extraordinary fresh and intense Rioja with Tempranillo harvested in Rioja Baja; the wines of Elisabetta Foradori which must rate as some of my favourite wines. She makes extraordinarily pure and graceful wines in Northern Italy high in the Dolomites using Teroldogo and Manzoni Bianco;

The highly respected Claus Preisinger from Burgenland, Austria who was a committed biodynamic wine maker is now inching his way to Natural wine making. He is now using amphorae and is attending the Raw Wine fair for the first time.

We carry all the above named wines with the exception of the wines of Josko Gravner. Needless to say we carry none that fit into the first category!!!

For further details of some of the Natural Wines mentioned, please check the appropriate category in the Wine section of the website

 

Bordeaux Offers

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Bordeaux Offers

 We have a number of offers on Bordeaux wines by the case:

Echo de Lynch Bages, Pauillac 2011.                   

The 2nd wine of Chateau Lynch Bages. This Pauillac is robust and powerful. Drink 2014 – 2022

 Case of 12 normally €624

Case of 12 now €540 – save €84.00

 

 Chateau du Tertre, Margaux 2010.

 

“This Margaux is more evolved than many in the commune. Round generous and opulent” Robert Parker

90/100 Parker Points

 Case of 12 normally €744

Case price (12) €648 save €96

 

 Chateau Chasse Spleen, Moulis en Medoc 2010  

“A beautiful wine, medium to full bodied. Supple, fleshy & succulent”  Drink 2013 – 2028 Robert Parker

90/100 Parker Points

 Case of 12 normally €576

Case price (12) €504 save €72

 

  Chateau Clauzet, St Estephe 2008  

 

Fruit and spice combine in this fresh elegant Cru Bourgeois which is highly rated by JancisRobinson

 Case of 12 normally €396

Case price (12) €348 save €48

 

 Chateau D’Arcole 2010, St Emilion Grand Cru

This St Emilion Grand Cru is one of the few certified organic producers at this level. The 2010 vintage is simply one of the best ever.

Case of 12 normally €420

Case price (12) €348 save €72

 

 Chateau Cantemerle, Medoc. €55

 

“This is the finest Cantemerle I have encountered..stunning, broad, rich & intense. Lay down 2020 – 2050

94/100 ParkerPoints

Case of 12 normally €660

Case price (12) €576 save €84

 

 Chateau Ormes de Pez, St Estephe. 2010

“ A fleshy upfront style of St Estephe Drink 2013 – 2023”

Robert Parker

 

Case of 12 normally €564

Case price (12) €480 save €84

Natural Wine Tasting

14thMar 2015

Natural Wine Tasting

Wednesday 25th March 7.30pm

Natural wines are an area we have been focusing on for the past couple of years. There are some extraordinary wines being made in this manner and we would like to share some of our favourites with you at a tasting on Wednesday 25th March. There will be 10 wines on tasting from a wide range of countries. The tasting will be gently educational, but more importantly you can try some great new wines. There will be some simple food to accompany the tasting. Tickets are €40 and must be booked in advance. This is a list of the wines on tasting:

 LaStoppa Ageno,Italy                                    €24.00

Foradori Fontanasanto,Italy                            €29.00

Dinavolino,Italy                                                €25.00

Montlouis Mineral+,Loire                                €26.00

Riviere Rayos Uva, Rioja                                  €16.90

LAMPinotage,South Africa                             €18.50

7 Ruede La Pompe,France                             €16.50

Marrionet Vinafera,France                               €21.90

Foillard Morgon Cote du Py, Burgundy             €38.50

New Food at 64 Wine

11thMar 2015

 

 

 

Spring is in the air so we are having a big revamp of our food offering in the Cafe. Over the next few weeks we will be introducing a number of new items on the menu and will have more daily specials to tempt you.

 

 

Event Diary – Spring 2015

31stJan 2015

 

 

 

Wednesday 18th February – 7.30pm

Spanish Wine & Tapas Night

64 Wine is bringing a taste ofSpainto Glasthule. We will be serving four different Spanish Wines and a selection of authentic Tapas. This will be a fun and sociable evening.

Tickets €40

 

Wednesday 25th February – 7.30pm

New Discoveries Tasting Event

We are always on the lookout for new and interesting wines. This will be an opportunity to try a selection of some of the most interesting wines we are sourcing for 2015. There will be some simple food to accompany the tasting.

Tickets €35

Tuesday 10th March – 7.30pm

Riesling & Pinot Noir Tasting

Two of the greatest grape varieties in one tasting. We will be comparing wines of the same grape variety from different countries. There will be some very high caliber wines to taste. There will be some simple food to accompany the tasting.

Tickets €50

Wednesday 25th March – 7.30pm

Natural Wine Tasting

Natural Wines are one of the most controversial areas of modern wine making. There are some quite brilliant winemakers but also many charlatans! We will be selecting some of the best so you can make up your own mind about these styles of wine. There will be some simple food to accompany the tasting.

Tickets €40

Tuesday 7th April – 7.30pm

Burgundy Fine Wine Tasting

 Burgundyproduces the most complex and refined wines. This is an opportunity to sample some of the best wines in the world and to gain a greater understanding of this complex region. There will be some simple food to accompany the tasting.

Tickets €100

Christmas Fair at 64 Wine

30thNov 2014

 

 

 

On Sunday 7th December we are having a small Christmas Fair in the shop. There will be wines and cheeses to taste as well as mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. We will be offering advice on the perfect wines for Christmas. In addition, Santa will be arriving in Glasthule village during the afternoon so it will be a nice day out for all the family. The event runs from 1.00 to 5.30pm

Lismore Food Company

11thNov 2014

 

 

We just received in our first stock of these wonderful sweet biscuits. A range of five flavours: All Butter Irish Shortbread, Dark Chocolate and Cardamom Biscuits, Lemon Polenta Biscuits, Hazelnut, Cinnamon and Raisin Biscuits and also the gluten free variety
Golden Ginger and Cacao Nibs Biscuits. We are very excited to have these in stock and hope that you will also be very impressed. Hand-made using a two hundred year old tradition of baking, Beth-Ann Smith and brothers Owen and Ken Madden are the makers and purveyors of these outstanding fine biscuits.

Perfect as gifts or for coffee mornings, these biscuits are housed in very striking and clever packaging and ideal to take anywhere. These are truely a wonderful Irish product!

64 Wine – Autumn Diary

13thSep 2014


 

 

Here are some details of tastings events at 64 Wine in the coming months. Our tastings are always popular and booking is essential.

Tue 23rd September  Spain Fine Wine Tasting No 1         €65   FULL

The first of two tastings dedicatedSpain: We will be looking at some of the best wines from Rioja & Ribera del Duero. This tasting is aimed at the serious wine connoisseur who wants to try some top end wines and have a serious discussion about them.

Limited to 12 people.

Tue 7th October      Discovering Germany                               €30

Some of the best wines in the world come from Germany, but most people have only tried the worst! We are passionate about high quality German wine and this will be an opportunity to see why! Delicious reds & whites that may change your perception of German wines forever.

 

Tue 28th October      Spain Fine Wine Tasting No 2           €65

The second of our Spanish Fine Wine tastings will explore everything except Tempranillo. This will be an interesting tour of different regions and grape varieties.

Limited to 12 people

 

Tue 11th November  Christmas Tasting                                   €40

This is always one of the most popular tastings of the year. We will be tasting wines to suit every occasion over the Christmas period. There will be whites, sparkling, reds and dessert wine. A fun and informative tasting which is a nice way to kick off the festive season.

Tue 25th November  Bordeaux Fine Wine Tasting            €100

One of the strengths of 64 Wine is our superb selection of serious Bordeaux wines. This will be a chance to sample some of the best Bordeaux has to offer.

 

     Private Tasting Events

We host a number of private tasting events for companies or individuals. If you have group of 12 or more, you can book a customized tasting event at 64 Wine. We have the following dates available for private tastings: Wed 15th October, Tuesday 21st October or Wednesday 5th of November. Private tasting prices start at €35 per head and can be based around specific themes or interests. If you are interested, please contact Kevin or Rafa on 01 280 5664 to discuss your requirements.

Millbank Smoked Salmon

10thSep 2014

 

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Organic Smoked Salmon from the artisan smoke house of Geraldine Bass in Buttevant, Co Cork. This award winning smoked salmon is a best seller in our shop and café.

Established in 1995, Geraldine Bass began to supply her superb smoked salmon, along with her trout and pate, to restaurants and shops and in the local markets. This salmon is pure and deliciously soft as no artificial ingredients are used, giving the salmon a real and natural taste and feel. Simply smoked in a traditional way using beech and oak, smoking the fish slowly brings out a subtle but distinctive delicate flavour: This is fine Irish Organic smoked salmon at its best – delicious and indulgent.

The salmon is sliced and vacuum packed and is available in many different sizes including 110gm, 200gm and 400gm and 1kg (Side) weights.

Why not pick up a packet of the Millbank Smoked Salmon to take home from our deli counter. Gerard recommends you pair it  with our Italian Pieropan Soave  from our wine shop or you can try our Salmon plate in the relaxed surroundings of 64 Wine.

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