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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May Wine Tastings at L'Atitude 51, Cork

I'm very proud of being from Cork, and living away from Cork can never change how you feel about the place. I do prefer to live in Dublin, but there is something about Cork that will always say home. Therefore, I'm pleased to be able to bring news of some Cork wine events to my rebel readers.

Way back in February, I attended a Little Beauty wine tasting held at L'Atitude 51 on Union Quay. (Those of my generation will better remember this venue as the famous Lobby Bar.) This tasting was part of the Meet the Winemaker series, hosted by L'Atitude 51 in conjunction with various Irish wine importers and merchants. It turned out to be a great opportunity to taste some good wines, eat some good food and most importantly, hear the thoughts of the winemaker themselves. 

I recently received news from L'Atitude 51 of two new upcoming tastings for the month of May, which I'm delighted to share with you. As you might expect at L'Atitude 51, cheeses, charcuterie and light snacks will be served to match each wine. To book your places at these intimate events, just pick up the phone and call L'Atitude 51 at (021)2390219

Beaujolais Tasting - Thursday May 10th (19.00-20.30)

This first event, in association with Karwigs Wines, introduces Loic Teymond of Chateau de Chatelard, a Beaujolais producer, making wines in the Fleurie, Moulin a Vent and Brouilly appellations. Loic will guide you through a tasting of 4 of his wines and introduce you to this interesting  winemaking region in France. 

Beaulolais produces predominantly red wines from the Gamay grape using an unusual technique known as carbonic maceration. Nestled between Burgundy and the Rhone Valley, it often gets overshadowed by its more well-known neighbours; however, Beaujolais also produces some very good quality wines which are well worth investigating. No better opportunity now that we're coming into the summer (or what we hope will be a summer). Vines have been cultivated on the Chateau de Chatelard domain since it was created in the time of Charlemagne in the eighth century. This chateau is fanatical about quality, both in the farming and in the winemaking. 

Cost: €10 per person

Frankland River Tasting - Wednesday May 23rd (18.30-20.00)

The second event, in association with Wines Direct, will introduce Sandy and Rod Hallett of Alkoomi Wines, based in the Frankland River region of Western Australia. Sandy and Rod will give a presentation on the Frankland River area and will guide you through a tasting of 6 of their wines. 

Located in Western Australia’s Great Southern approximately 360 kilometres south-east of Perth, Frankland River is one of Australia’s fastest growing wine regions. Although viticulture began in the Frankland River region in 1969, it has only more recently become known as a significant producer of premium quality Western Australian wines. This is one of the  coolest wine producing regions in Western Australia.

L'Atitude 51, Union Quay, Cork
Tel: +353 (0)21 239021
Twitter:  @Latitude_51

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