Don’t you love this time of year?
The leaves are finally turning, Halloween has got us back in the party spirit and the December diary is starting to fill up with get-togethers of old pals who don’t see enough of eachother and reunions with loved ones returning to these shores. Any week now and we’ll be saddling up and heading across the festive frontier, so it’s a great time to give some thought to what supplies you might want to bring there with you.
With this in mind, I thought it timely to remind you of two excellent wine fairs happening this weekend, both in aid of great charities (not to mention in aid of the betterment of your festivities).
On Sunday (10th November), one of my favourite Dublin wine-merchants will up sticks from their Clarendon Street base and set up shop around the corner in The Westbury hotel for their annual Corkscrew Winter Wine Fair. Expect to pay €25 on the door, for which you can come and go as you please between 12.30pm–5.30pm and taste “over 100 of the best wines available in Ireland today” (their words, but I would concur – they’ve a really excellent selection of wines, some available exclusively, others from some of Ireland’s top wine importers, some of whom will be there on Sunday). The lovely Corkscrew lads also add: “We advise some restraint, but don’t necessarily expect it – three laps of the room should cover the most of what’s on offer from white, red, sparkling and fortified wines that come from all corners of the earth.” See www.thecorkscrew.ie for more details.
But before that particular extravaganza, O’Brien’s Wines will be hosting their own annual wine fair, the O’Brien’s Winemaker Experience, over two days at Dublin’s Mansion House. Tickets cost €15 each, or €20 for a pair, with all proceeds going to Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services. You can opt for one of three sessions: Fri 8th 6-9pm, Sat 1-4pm, Sat 5-8pm (…unless you win a pair of tickets that get you into all three sessions, that is: keep an eye out here tomorrow morning for details on how to win). There will be up to 45 wine producers in attendance, showcasing 250 wines. See www.obrienswine.ie for more details, including some of the highlighted wineries being represented. I’ll be popping along a little early on Friday for a preview tasting, and will pop up a few recommendations here for you to seek out if you make it along.
So, lots of fine sipping (and maybe just a little spitting) to look forward to. Like I said, I love this time of year, don’t you?