Food and Drink Spotting

Food and Drink Spotting

Chateau Bauduc at the Cornstore

Cork’s Cornstore is the place to be on Thursday 18th October when ace wine-maker Gavin Quinney of Chateau Bauduc presents some of his top wines. And it won’t be just the wine. The Cornstore have an accomplished team and they be keeping their end up with five fabulous courses. Five courses, five wines, all for €45.00.

Matt Kane, of Curious Wines who are also associated with the event, tells me Gavin’s wines need little introduction: “House white at the three Michelin-star Restaurant Gordon Ramsay for eleven consecutive years, special selection at Rick Stein's and regulars in our own top 10 sellers, Château Bauduc are the essence of modern Bordeaux. The best known are perhaps are the Bauduc Sauvignon Blanc and the red Clos des Quinze.”

Château Bauduc is just 25 kilometres south east of Bordeaux and has been run by the Quinneys since 1999. They have been wowing the critics since soon after.

Take this quote from Oz Clarke as an example: "Since the first vintage in 2000 the Quinneys have made Bauduc into a very smart operation, selling direct to consumers through mail order and the internet, and gaining regular listings with such star chefs as Gordon Ramsay and Rick Stein. The wine deserves it. Red, pink and white, they are utterly drinkable, each possessing a classic, mouth-watering Bordeaux texture and easy going fruit."

Haven’t got the menu to hand yet but, knowing the Cornstore form in previous wine dinners, you can be sure it will be top class. A fantastic evening is on the cards.

Where: The Cornstore, 40A Cornmarket Street, Cork. Bookings: 021-4274777.
When: Thursday, 18th October, 2012, 7.00pm to 10.00pm.
Tickets from Curious Wines: €45, bookable online here  or by calling free on 1800 99 18 44. Includes five course dinner and matching wines.

Santa Rita Competition
Santa Rita, the leading Chilean wine range in Ireland, is offering wine connoisseurs the ultimate ‘money can’t buy’ prize, an opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the world’s most renowned wine makers. If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal and ask all those need to know questions then here is your chance!
To enter just create your personalised wine label and you could be in with a chance to win one of the fantastic prizes.

Prize 1: An exclusive evening with Santa Rita wine makers at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on January 18th, 2013. Enjoy a unique wine tasting experience accompanied by gourmet food in the company of people who grew, nurtured and produced our outstanding wines.

“We've a pair of tickets to this event to win every week. A personalised case of delicious Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc wine that comes complete with your name on the label. We've got a case to give away every month."

To enter click here

Cheese and Wine Pairing
Recently L’Atitude 51 had a Cheese Wine Pairing evening.
First up was St. Tola Irish organic goat cheese log paired with Domaine de Chatelard Fleurie (Beaujolais Cru)
Smooth creamy textured cheese. Full flavoured, sweet with honey undertones that develop further as the cheese matures.
The low supple tannins of the Beaujolais complement the texture of the cheese. Its fruitiness works really well with the cheese’s naturally high acidity
A crisp dry white such as a Sauvignon Blanc or a Riesling would work really well with this cheese also.
Read all about the other pairings here

‎The annual Savour Kilkenny Food Festival has another action packed schedule this year, starting on October 25th running through to Monday October 29th.
There are lots of new events, suitable for all the family, including 'The Mad Hatters Tea Party' & 'Savour Taste Buds' both in the Castle Yard as well as the Kids Agri tour at Cillin Hill.
In addition to the food market and celebrity chefs' cookery demonstrations on the Parade Plaza, there are foraging walks, food talks and many very appealing  dining events in restaurants and eateries throughout the city and county.
Full details on all events on Savour Kilkenny.


Amicus Restaurant
“Our new restaurant, La Lavanda, is opening on today, Thur 11th October, where the old Amicus in Douglas used to be...the next few days will be crazy but we love it! “

Rising Tide "On Fri 2nd Nov our Fancy Dress Halloween Party will take place. 4-course meal with champagne on arrival for €25p.p."

West Cork Garlic ‏Seed garlic now available.

A great resource: Bord Bia Recipes