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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.

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 4th - Dublin - Free wine tasting with Domaine de Pas de l'Escalette

Terroirs in Donnybrook are delighted to welcome Julien and Delphine Zernott of Domaine de Pas de l'Escalette from the Languedoc. Julien and Delphine are dynamic wine growers and wine makers dedicated to organic farming in Terrasses du Larzac, one of the youngest French appellation, located north west of Montpellier.
Join them for a free tasting between 11am - 6pm and enjoy the chance to engage with such dedicated vignerons.

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 - Gorey - Wine dinner with The Brotte Vineyard

Marlfield House welcomes you to a Cote du Rhone wine gourmet dinner in conjunction with Cassidy Wines and The Brotte Vineyard.
Tickets cost €85. Call (053) 942 1124 (ext 3) to book.

November 8th - Monkstown - Focus on Cairanne and Vacqueyras

As part of Rhone Wine Week, Searsons are delighted to host a Rhone wine tasting focussing on Vacqueyras and Cairanne (recently raised to Cru status in 2016). Meet Bruno Boisson of Domaine Boisson and Serge Ferigoule of Domaine le Sang des Cailloux and 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 - Cork - Delas wine dinner at the Imperial Hotel

Join the Pembroke Restaurant at the Imperial Hotel for a sumptuous 4 course Delas Freres Rhone wine dinner to celebrate Rhone Wine Week. Etienne Defosse, brand ambassador of Delas Freres will host the evening guiding you through each of the wines and explaining how the wines of the Rhone Valley work so well with the dishes created by the Imperial's head chef Marcel Kolarcik. Delas Freres is a winery of tradition and renewal. Founded 160 years ago in the heart of the northern Cotes du Rhone, today Delas wines are crafted by a panel of experts headed by the talented winemaker Jacques Grange.
Tickets cost €59.07 and can be purchased online.

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 16th - Belfast - Champagne Grand Cru for Christmas

Neill Wine and Ox Cave will present the most detailed taste study of one of the world's greatest wine producing villages. This memorable evening will give you the opportunity to try the most luxurious, hand-grafted grower Champagnes ever to be made. Wines will include the very rare Brice Brut XXeme Grand Cru from magnum, a blend of the fruit of the finest parcels of the past ten years and Arnaud Moreau's stunning non dosage Cuveé Araakis Grand Cru, just released after resting for years within the chalk cellars underneath the streets of Boozy. As well as tasting other Grand Cru Champagne Cuveés from both houses, you will also try the greatest ever still red wine made in Champagne, Boozy Rouge.
Tickets cost £45 and are available from Ox Cave.

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.

November 23rd - Belfast - Wine basics at Ox Cave

Spend an hour with the team at Ox Cave for a fun introduction to the basics of wine.
Tickets are £20 each and include three tasting glasses of wine as well as cheese and charcuterie.

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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