California Wine Week in Ireland 2017 – Discover the Taste of the Golden State from May 5th to 12th
California Wines are having more than a moment in the sun, the region’s wines are growing in popularity globally and they have earned a name among the world’s finest. With an increasing interest in bottles from this versatile land, May 2017 will see Ireland’s first California Wine Week, an ideal occasion to taste and discover the best that the different sub-regions of the Golden State have to offer.
From May 5th to the 12th, wine lovers in Ireland will be able to satisfy their thirst for knowledge (and for a glass or two) of California wines, thanks to a series of events, offers and more to celebrate this fascinating wine region.To celebrate this wonderful occasion, California Wines has teamed up with TheTaste to offer our readers the opportunity to win dinner for two, including a bottle of wine, at Restaurant Forty One, an award-winning, fine dining venue known for it’s top quality cuisine, enviable wine selection and world class service.
FRIDAY 5th to SATURDAY 6th MAY
O’Briens Wine Spring Wine Fair
Come and say hello to California Wines at the O’Briens Wine Fair, where they’ll will be pouring some iconic California Wines available nationwide at O’Briens Wines. Browse through our information and even, why not, plan a holiday to California while you are there! They will be giving away 6 bottles of wine from California, so make sure to pop by their stand.
TUESDAY 9th MAY
Exclusive launch of California Wine Week
Exclusive launch of California Wines at the Deputy Ambassador’s residence, our speaker for the evening will be Lynne Coyle MW, who will bring us through some delightful wines.
WEDNESDAY 10th MAY
64Wine & Ely restaurants present California Wines by John Wilson
Irish Times wine writer John Wilson will guide guests through the styles of California wines stopping to present the ‘Sideways Challenge’ and revisiting the ‘Judgement of Paris’. Pinot Noir vs Merlot, Chateau Montelena Chardonnay & Stags Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Cakebread, Shafer, Othello by Dominus and many more icons. Dishes by ely Excecutive Chef Ryan Stringer, showcasing fine Irish produce, including organic meats from the ely family farm in Clare.
THURSDAY 11th MAY
Join us for a Californian wine evening of discovery with the chance to taste top estates Clos du Val, Freemark Abbey and Cambria hosted by wine experts Tomas Clancy of the Sunday Business Post and Lynne Coyle Master of Wine, no wine stone will be left unturned in the quest to discover these unique wines.
FRIDAY 12th MAY
For the finale of the week, we move to the fabulous Residence Club on St. Stephen’s Green. The evening will start with some bubbles and canapes, Liam Campbell of TheTaste.ie will give a worldwind tour of California with 6 beautiful wines, including, Macmurray estate wine, La Crema, Black Stallion and Chateau Montelena, served with delectable tasting plates. To finish off the event we invite our guests to celebrate the end of California Wine Week with a classic American Cocktail.
When: 7:00 pm | Where: Residence Club, St. Stephen’s Green.
Tickets €20 only. Buy tickets HERE
Pan Roasted Salmon Recipe with Caramelized Endive from California Wines
This Pan Roasted Salmon Recipe has a nice twist to it as it is served with caramelized endive. It is subtly bittersweet—and a perfect partner for tender crispy-skinned salmon filets. Pair with California Chardonnay or Pinot Noir…
Garlic Prawns with Warm Cucumber and Ginger Salad Recipe by California Wines
This light and zesty salad recipe features the warming touch of red pepper flakes and it will pair well with either California Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir, so no matter if you like whites or reds, mix it and enjoy!
Mussels and Prawns in a Saffron Lemon Cream Sauce with Fried Sage Recipe by California Wines
The briny taste of the sea, the earthy sweetness of saffron and the crunch of fried sage take center stage in this dish by California Wines. Pair it with California Sauvignon Blanc or California Chardonnay.
The 10 Best California Wineries to Visit
Having recently returned from a week in the sunshine state, traveling up and down to find you the best winery experiences to check out, ( we know it’s not easy but we love our readers ) we’ve compiled our top ten to pop on you radar if you find yourself on this journey of “Grape to Glass”.
Napa Valley Food & Drink Travel Guide
Napa Valley is about an hour drive north from San Francisco – the perfect day trip or weekend get away if you love anything food and wine! Napa county consists of several little towns, most famous for its wineries and restaurants are Downtown Napa, Yountville & St. Helena.
California: Regions to Drink Outside the Napa Valley Box
“It wasn’t always like this. Before Paris, people didn’t drink our wine. I mean, my friends did. But you could hardly consider their palates discerning…” Chris Pine’s character Bo Barret says this in wine-inspired film Bottle Shock (2008) referring to the Judgement of Paris, the 1976 competition that meant a before and after for Californian wine.
Dimitri Mesnard, Master Sommelier and Brand Ambassador for Jackson Family Wines
Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting not just a Sommelier, but a most rarified elevation within that noble profession, a Master Sommelier, Dimitri Mesnard. Only 233 have ever achieved the distinction since the first examination was held when man first landed on the moon in 1969.
California Drinking: Surf the Wine Waves of the Golden State
Close your eyes and imagine yourself on a fast convertible road-tripping over the Pacific Coast Highway while the sun tans your face and the wind brushes your hair. As you pass charming sea villages and camping-perfect forests, you arrive to a stunning colonial style mansion where superb wines await you.
Three Californian Wines Inspired by La La Land to Make you Sing and Dance
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Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Viognier 2011
Viognier is an Ace up the sleeve of California, and lovers of full bodied, aromatic whites will find it a winner. The variety, stellar in the Rhône Valley, benefits from Napa Valley’s warm weather, where it ripens beautifully, developing generous amounts of sugars.
Gnarly Head Zinfandel
Lodi is the Zinfandel Capital of the World. The Californian city is surrounded by vineyards where the variety stars. Approximately 40% of California’s premium Zinfandel is actually from Lodi and while the region’s name is not currently as popular as Napa, Santa Barbara or Sonoma, that’s surely going to change soon.