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2017 wine tastings

Wine tastings are a wonderful way to sample and compare many different wines all at once. Professionals and wine enthusiasts can develop their knowledge of the market and offerings, while wine fans can try out new wines and regions. Professional wine events will often feature masterclasses and private tasting sessions, but the doors are usually opened to the public later in the day. For a small entrance fee, wine fans get get to talk to experts, meet winemakers and enjoy some good wines. 

If you know of a wine event taking place in 2017, please get in touch so that I can add it to this listings page.

October 17th - Dublin - Italian wine tasting with Cantine Montfort

Cavern Baggot Street are delighted to be joined by Federico from Cantine Monfort, a family-run winery based in the beautiful region of Trentino, Italy. Federico is the son and winemaker for the Maso Cantanghel range, an exclusive range of single vineyard, limited production wines. Cantina Monfort focuses on organic wines which are an outstanding expression of this lesser-known and enchanting region of Northern Italy. In addition to tasting 5 wines, a premium Italian cheese and meat platter will be served on the evening.
Tickets cost €29.95, and must be booked in advance.

October 18th - Dublin - Thomas Barton dinner

The team at the Marker Hotel are delighted to announce their next wine dinner which will place in the Brasserie in association with Thomas Barton wines and Findlaters. The night will begin with a canapé reception on the stunning Marker Rooftop bar, before settling into the Brasserie for a four course menu and beautiful Bordeaux wine pairings.
Tickets cost €75 per person. For further information, contact the Marker at or (01) 687 5104, or register your interest here.

October 19th - Belfast - Exclusive Burgundies at Ox Cave

Ox Cave welcomes back local wine merchant and Burgundy specialist - Neill Wine. This showcase range will include the tiny superlative vineyard Montgenas Chardonnay from Chateau du Poncie, dynamic single vineyard Chablis from Domaine des Malandes and domaine-crafted Puligny Montrachet from Bouchard Pere et Fils. As for the enchanting and seductive Pinot Noir, Robert Neill as always, promises a surprise or two. A sneak peak will reveal an outstanding single vineyard Hautes Cotes du Nuits, some very famous village wines and a 1er cru not to be missed.
Tickets cost £35 each. Contact Ox Cave to book on +44 28 9023 2567 or

October 20th - Cork - Speed tasting at L'Atitude 51

Due to popular demand, Cork's L'Atitude 51 is bringing back their Speed Tasting event. It's open to anyone who likes wine, socialising, having fun, and above all, enjoys a challenge. They'll teach you the basics of how to taste wine, and then it's over to you. You'll taste 6 wines over the course of the evening, but you'll be on the move: a different table, a different wine and different co-tasters. You'll taste all the wines blind and it's up to you to work with your co-tasteers to guess based on the information provided at the start. There's a prize for the person who correctly identifies all 6 wines.
Tickets cost €30 per person and includes a prosecco reception, introduction to wine tasting, tasting of 6 wines and canapés. Spaces are limited and booking is essential.

October 20th - Galway - Rias Baixas dinner

Wines from Spain is partnering with RAW at the Radisson Galway to create a sensational tasting dinner, showcasing the popular Rias Baixas with a taste of Japan. Talented chef Hisashi Kumagi and food and wine expert Leslie Williams will match a selection of exceptional Albarino wines with a series of Japanese dishes, to showcase the different styles of Albarino from the saltier notes of the coastal areas to the riper, more aromatic flavours found in the warmer inland areas.
Pre-booking is required and spaces are limited. Tickets for the evening are priced at €50. To book contact RAW by email or call (091) 538 300.

October 26th - Belfast - Cave wine club

Cave at Ox Belfast invite you to spend an hour with the team for a fun introduction to the basics of wines. This tasting will include 3 tasting glasses of wine as well as cheese and charcuterie.
Tickets cost £20. Contact Ox Cave to book on +44 28 9023 2567 or

October 26th - Drogheda - Natural wine dinner at Eastern Seaboard

The Eastern Seaboard restaurant is pleased to host a beautiful supper to celebrate natural wine. Enjoy an aperitif, hors d'oeuvre, followed by 5 courses paired with natural wines, poured by Seamus from Quintessential Wines.
Spaces are limited and cost €90 per person. Contact to reserve.

November 2nd - Dublin - Wine dinner at Avalon restaurant

Enjoy a 5 course wine pairing dinner with wines from France, all hand-picked by one of the finest wine importers in Ireland, and bought to you by Donnybrook's Avalon restaurant. Gavin Keogh of Wines Direct will guide through a tasting, paired to a menu created by Chef Alex Cojocea.
Tickets cost €95 each and there is limited availability. For more information, please contact (01) 614 4849 or email

November 3rd - Kilmessan - Boyne Valley food and drink tasting

Enjoy a special evening at the Signal Restaurant, in the Station House Hotel, Kilmessan. Join Simon Tyrell, wine specialist and owner of the Rhone Valley winery Les Duex Cols, in partnership with Tindal Wine and Patrick Cooney from the award winning Boyne Brewhouse. Enjoy a 7 course tasting menu, created by Executive Chef Killian O'Donohoe and featuring the finest of local Boyne Valley produce.
The 7 course tasting menu, paired with drinks costs €39.95 per person. Overnight accommodation packages are also available starting from €84.95 per person which includes the tasting dinner and bed & breakfast. A courtesy shuttle bus will be available for guests within a 10km radius. For more info and to book your place, book online, contact the Station House at (046) 902 5239 or via  email

November 4th - Blackrock - Southern Rhone Tasting

Blackrock Cellar and Vinos Tito will host an open tasting of Souther Rhone wines as part of Rhone Wine Week. The event is free and open to all between 3pm - 7pm.

November 8th - Belfast - Delas wine tasting dinner

Join La Bastille restaurant and Febvre Wines for a Delas wine tasting dinner as part of Rhone Wine Week.
More details to follow.

November 8th - Cork - Chateau Pesquie wine tasting dinner

Meet Cindy Albero from Chateau Pesquie at Greenes Restaurant Cork in conjunction with Tindal Wine Merchants as part of Rhone Wine Week. Hosts Joe McNamee and Leslie Williams will guide you through a special tasting menu created by Head Chef Bryan McCarthy.
Tickets cost €65 each and can be booked online.

November 8th - Dublin - Beaucastel dinner

Michelin two star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud will play host to a Beaucastel wine tasting dinner in conjunction with La Rousse Wines as part of Rhone Wine Week.
More details to follow.

November 8th - Monkstown - Focus on Cairanne

Meet Bruno Boisson of Domaine Boisson and Jean Etienne Alary from Domaine Alary from the Rhone village of Cairanne, recently raised to Cru status. Taste wine with the winemakers themselves in the intimate surroundings of Searsons, Monkstown at a unique interactive event.
Tickets cost €15 each and can be booked online.

November 9th - Cork - O'Briens Winter Wine Fair

Join O'Briens in the Clayton Hotel, Lapps Quay for a fantastic evening of wine tasting and the chance to meet over 25 winemakers who will travel to Cork to present over 100 wines. The ticket price includes all wine samples, and a complimentary Tipperary Crystal wine glass to take home. All proceeds are in aid of O'Briens charity partner, the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Early bird tickets are on sale at 2 for €30 and can be purchased in any O'Briens store or online.

November 9th - Dublin - Big Rhone tasting

The famous Big Rhone tasting returns to ely bar & brasserie as part of Rhone Wine Week. With 15 independent Irish wine importers and over 120 wines from the north to south of the Rhone Valley, from Chateauneufs and Cote-Roties to Condrieu and Ventoux, and all that's in between.
Tickets cost €20 each and can be booked online with Ely.

November 10th  - Dublin - Wine dinner at O'Connells

Meet Cindy Albero from Chateau Pesquie, a family estate at the foot of the Ventoux mountains, and taste your way through a range of their wines, starting with an aperitif and then a tasting paired with a 3 course set menu.
Tickets cost €60 per person and can be booked online.

November 10th & 11th - Dublin - O'Briens Winter Wine Fair

O'Briens bring their annual Winter Wine Fair to the Print Works at Dublin Castle for a fantastic weekend of wine tasting and the opportunity to meet over 60 winemakers who will travel to Dublin to present over 250 of their wines. Countries covered will include Australia, New Zealand, France, Chile, Germany, Spain, USA and Italy. The ticket price includes all wine samples, and a complimentary Tipperary Crystal wine glass to take home. All proceeds are in aid of O'Briens charity partner, the Jack & Jill Foundation.
Early bird tickets are available now for 2 for €40 and can be purchase in any O'Briens store or online.

November 22nd - Cork - California tasting

Many of us have long associated California wines with mass-market brands and with overly sweet, overly oaked wines and for may year, many people were unaware of the state's ability to produce some very fine wines. Then came the film Sideways, with wine-anorak and Pinot-obsessed Miles opening up our eyes to the existence of boutique or craft wineries all along the Central Coast. California is a fascinating wine region. Although midsummer temperatures are blisteringly hot, there are mitigated by cooling fogs that arise off the Pacific. This fog delays ripening and allows really interesting flavours and structure to develop.
L'Atitude 51, in association with California Wine, are delighted to host a presentation and tasting of a selection of wines from some of the more interesting winemakers that reflect the diversity of California wines. Canapés to match will be provided by the L'Atitude 51 kitchen.
Tickets cost €18. Spaces are limited so booking is essential.

December 1st - Killyleagh - Wine tasting dinner at Tullyveery House

Start your Christmas season in style with an exclusive 5 course gourmet dinner at the beautiful Tullyveery House, Killyleagh, just 30 minutes from Belfast. The dinner will be prepared by Jane's Kitchen of Broughshane, using a range of local ingredients. Each course will be paired with a wine chosen by James Nicholson of JN Wine from his Christmas 2017 rage. This dinner will also recognise the work done by Queens University Belfast into ovarian cancer research.
Tickets cost £85 and can be purchased online

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