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Wine Course – Beginners and Advanced

October 10th, 2014

A very quick email to let you know we have finalised the details for both the Beginners and Advanced Wine Courses. The Beginners starts on Thursday October 23rd and has 4 weeks in Red Nose Wine followed by a Wine Dinner ( with accompanying wines ) on November 13th. The cost is €110 including the course, all the wines tasted at the course, the dinner and also the tasting wines on the night of the dinner.

The Advanced course is for people who have already been on the beginners course and will involve 2 classes / tastings in Red Nose Wine, including an Italian Masterclass with an Italian importer. There is a real treat on the final week as we will have a wine dinner with one of Ireland’s foremost wine educators, Mary Gaynor. We will be opening some serious wines, and Mary is a wonderful speaker so this should be a great event. There may be limited spaces at the dinner for those who are not on the course. The price will be €50 for the stand alone dinner and €110 for the course and the dinner. The course will be on Wednesday November 5th and 12th followed by the dinner on the 20th.

We already have a list of people who are interested in both courses, but your place will only be secured by paying the fee in advance. ( We have to insist on this as people have let us down in the past, and we have refused genuine people ).

As always, we put the money into the wine.

Both dinners offer something very different. The beginners will get to put into practice what they have been learning and a great social night will hopefully be enjoyed by all. The advanced class will enjoy Mary Gaynor immensely – she guided me through my advanced exams and she is one of the best in the business. I’ll try to persuade her to bring something special from her extensive cellar.

This really is FIRST COME – FIRST SERVED. Contact Brendan at 052-6182939 or brendan@rednosewine.com

New 4 week wine course

October 16th, 2013

We are delighted to announce details of our much requested wine course. We plan to change the format from the last one and bring in a few guests to add a little spice to proceedings.

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As well as Gary, some of the course will be co presented by Brendan who has many years experience in all aspects of the wine trade and brings additional expertise to the proceedings. BUT, the real stars will be some of our guest presenters.

On one of the evenings we will be having a Spanish theme as the course will precede a Spanish event we are planning with Iván Acebes García of Castello de Medina. Iván will take some of the class and then a Spanish Wine / Tapas evening will follow the class.

Gary visiting Castello de Medina earlier this year

Gary visiting Castello de Medina earlier this year

On another evening a member of the iconic Grubb family has agreed to come in and talk us through wine and Cashel Blue cheese. This will be a great event as they will offer you the chance to pre-order some aged Cashel Blue for Christmas. Much like wine, maturity is vital to fully appreciate great cheese.

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The course will be held in our new custom built shop in The Regal Centre on the Davis Road. It will be a 4 week course commencing Thursday November 7th and will cost €75 person. It will run from 7.30pm to 9pm every Thursday for 4 weeks.

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For those of you who were at last years course in the old premises, I am sure you will appreciate the more comfortable new digs.

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While we have a set course outline, we are also open to adapting it to what the people want to learn about, to a degree. Ernest Hemingway once used the phrase “A Moveable Feast” about Paris and we would like the course to be like this.

In saying all of that there are core fundamentals that we think you would benefit from learning, so this course will be aimed at the beginner but with enough flexibility to challenge those who really want to advance their knowledge.

However, we hope that most of all it will be fun and social. We had a really fun bunch last time and it would be great to create the same atmosphere.

To secure a place on the course, please contact us during shop hours on 052-6182939 or email us on info@rednosewine.com to book your place. Bookings are only secure with payment. Updates will be posted on www.facebook.com/RedNoseWineFanPage

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The Easter Article ( albeit a little late )

April 5th, 2013

What did you give up for lent? I gave up caffeine, sugar and bread. It was part of this regime I am partaking in with a bunch of lunatic warriors I started training with last summer. We swing Kettle Bells and do Crossfit challenges and all seem to share a slight addiction to pain, but with lots of gain. I can’t wait for my cup of coffee on Easter Sunday, served in bed ( hint to no one in particular ).

I was supposed to give up alcohol as part of it, but decided that coffee was enough of a sacrifice. I’m not super human, some times I barely even feel human, but that’s a different article. I do know that some people did give up the drink ( does wine really count? ) for lent. However, your day is nearly here. Easter Sunday will see you ready to enjoy a very nice bottle with the dinner. I am here to offer you guidance and support.

Easter offers a great excuse to trade up and enjoy the finer wines with your dinner. We will be closing the shop on Good Friday, so you’ll need to be in Thursday and Saturday to buy your special wines. While chocolate can of course be matched to wines with varying levels of success, I think lamb is a more suitable delicacy to pair up for that Easter Sunday dinner.

Lets blame the Greeks for everything

Lamb has some classic pairings that are already engrained in the wine vocabulary. There are a number of reasons for this. Going back thousands of years, to ancient Greece and into old France, Spain and Italy, the most popular meat was lamb. The sheep often grazed in the vineyards so the pairing was almost instinctive. Go to Greece (or even your local kebab shop) today and there is quite a lot of lamb on the menu. But add to this practicality, and the fact that the flavour of the lamb lends itself perfectly to wine.

I have my own favourite combinations when matching wines to lamb. It often depends on the cut of lamb and how it is prepared. If money is no object, then I would suggest a Pauillac from the Medoc region of Bordeaux. If your budget can’t stretch to a 1st growth Château Mouton Rothschild or even a 5th growth Lynch Bages, then there are plenty of substitutes.

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There are lots of really good value Bordeaux wines out there and it is the dry tannic nature of the Cabernet Sauvignon that reacts so well with the lamb. In fact we just took in three new Bordeaux’s ranging from €11.99 to €13.99. But why Cabernet and why Bordeaux?

For some it is the minty herbal nature of Cabernet that pairs so well with the lamb, and others think this is a load of rubbish. Pinot Noir tends to show off different sides of the lamb, so if it is not overly lean, I think the Pinot Noir can offer some great flavours.

A good rule of thumb is that a chewier meat should be matched to a chewier wine, and by this I mean a younger tannic wine. The meat will make the wines seem smoother than they would be on their own. Other wines that go with Lamb for much the same reasons are Spanish Rioja’s and Italian Chianti or Sangiovese varieties. The really great news is that I have a huge selection of all of the above at all prices.

If you wanted to get some great value for your purchases and were willing to step off of the road a little and go to a region that is not quite as famous, you can really do well. I’m talking about swapping your Rioja for a Navarra or for a Valencia. Try a Tuscan Sangiovese instead of a Chianti. You’d be surprised how good they can be. One of my best wines is a humble Cotes du Rhone but it is made by the man who makes my Chateauneuf du Papes and it punches way above it weight. Grapes find their expression in both the place and the winemaker’s guiding hand.

What about those white drinkers

For the white wine drinkers, I think you will be fine if you go with a heavier style wine. The Archange wine from Domaine des Anges is a perfect example of a full bodied oaked wine that would sit wonderfully with lamb. You could also try an oaked Chardonnay from Burgundy or possibly even the white wines from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s estate in Provence, Chateau Miraval. Brad and Angie have recently gotten involved themselves.

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As mentioned the last time, we are finalizing plans for another wine course. This time we are looking at a few different options. We plan to repeat the classic 5 week course on a Thursday night but we are also looking at a slimmed down ½ day version, more than likely at the weekend.

Depending on interest, we have also investigated the possibility of some Magical Mystery Tours. This basically means a mini bus, a foodie destination with lots of wine to match. You do the drinking, we organize the driving. We can’t do it if we don’t get the numbers, so get in contact and express an interest ( if you have one ).

In the last article I mentioned Cheltenham and the few horses I chance every year. I’m delighted to tell you all that I ended up winning the Dalys Bar tipsters competition much to the horror of some of the more seasoned tipsters. I owe some of my genius selections to a Clonmel man living in Twickenham. Thanks Nigel.

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For anyone who would like more information and can’t make it into the shop, please feel free to contact me at info@rednosewine.com

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5 week Wine Course in Tipperary

September 26th, 2012

We are delighted to announce that we are finally holding our first wine course. It will be a 5 week course commencing Thursday October 11th and will cost €75 person. It will run from 7.30pm to 9pm every Thursday for 5 weeks.

While we have a set course outline, we are also open to adapting it to what the people want to learn about, to a degree. Ernest Hemingway once used the phrase “A Moveable Feast” about Paris and we would like the course to be like this.

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In saying all of that there are core fundamentals that we think you would benefit from learning, so this course will be aimed at the beginner but hopefully there will be enough for all lovers of the vine.

The basic outline will revolve around :

• What is wine ?
• How to Taste Wine
• Wine Serving & Storage

• Grape Varieties – 3 White & 3 Red

• Wine & Food

• Wine Regions

• Wine Styles ( Dry, Fruity, Sweet & any many more )

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We will be bringing the class offsite for at least one of the nights. We will do the food-matching portion of the course in a suitable venue, where we can enjoy both wine and food. We are not entirely sure where yet and this is not included in the €75, but we will keep this cost down to a minimum. We will negotiate a set menu and heavily subsidize the wine.

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To secure a place on the course, please contact us during shop hours on 052-6182939 or email us on info@rednosewine.com to book your place. Bookings are only secure with payment. Updates will be posted on www.facebook.com/RedNoseWineFanPage

“Life is much too short to drink bad wine”

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