Finally having its moment in the spotlight, sherry has always been seen by those in the know as a superb food wine and has recently been winning a new generation of fans.
Often dismissed in the past as a Christmas tipple (your granny drinks it so it can’t be cool!), the Sherry Tasting Dinner in Brioche will demonstrate why sherry works so well with food, pairing five courses of chef patron Gavin McDonagh’s contemporary, carefully crafted dishes that are gorgeous to look at but that are all about flavour, with five fine sherries.
Each course will be perfectly paired with a different sherry from Spain’s ‘sherry triangle’, with diners introduced to the range of sophisticated sherry flavours from the delicate and dry style of Fino to the richness of Oloroso.
The tasting menu in Brioche begins with cured & charred salmon, cucumber, vadouvan, yogurt & dill served with Fino, monkfish and octopus with pork scratchings paired with Manzanilla, roast carrots, baked turnips and artichokes matched with Amontillado, pigeon, red cabbage and beetroot with an Oloroso, and finally a Jerusalem artichoke cheesecake with PX ice cream accompanied by Pedro Ximénez.
Sherry expert and educator Paddy Murphy from The Vine Inspiration will introduce each sherry during this once-off dining experience – a five-course dinner solely paired with sherry is not something you see every day – and to give his expert explanation on the pairing with each different dish.
Brioche’s sherry tasting menu will showcase the very best of Irish produce, beautifully matched by a selection of these under-appreciated, yet perfect food wines in an evening of exploration and pleasure.
The Sherry Tasting Dinner is on Thursday April 7th in Brioche restaurant in Ranelagh, and costs €50 per person including sherries. For more information or to book your place (bookings must be made in advance for this dinner) visit www.brioche.ie or call 014979163