Events: WhatsOn!

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Its an interesting concept. Lidl is bringing in Specials for each of what they describe as their Iberian, French and Italian Wine Cellars. Each sale will last six weeks.


From June 11th the French Cellar Specials at Lidl are open for business. Try these two while the sunshine lasts. You won’t be disappointed.

White: Bordeaux AOP Cour de Mandalotte 2016 €8.99 Refreshing bright fruit with lots of depth and interest. Great for a warm evening! Serve well chilled.French Bordeaux AOP Cour de Mandelotte (212053)

Red: Bordeaux Le Ballon Bleu 2016 €8.99  Lovely simplicity here. Fruit and enjoyment with just enough structure that the barbecue will be all the better for the wine! Super value. 

French Bordeaux Le Ballon Bleu (227480)

From April the 30th to the 10th of June they are showing off  Spanish and Portuguese wines. Here are a few crackers worth looking out for:

Portugal’s white wines are better than ever. Here are two gems:

Adega de Vila Real Premium Douro 2016 13.5%   €9.99    Very interesting wine with a strong fruit presence and a great personality. Nothing frivolous here! All definite and tight and rich and embracing 

Encosta de Caiz Grande Escolha Porto Region 2017 12%  €8.99  Refreshing summer style wine where the fruit is bursting from the glass in a light and delicate way. 

      … and a number of reds from the peninsula that keeps bringing us excellent choice …

Spanish Jumilla D.O. Gamellón (220594) (002)

Jumilla Gamellon 2015 Spain 14.5%  €9.99   I love the rich textured tones of wines from Jumilla. Thing is they are a bit alcoholic and so its always good to find one where the balance between fruit, and all the other bits is just right ….  

Ribera del Duero Joven 2016 Spain 13%  €8.99     way up north Ribera gives us some of the finest wines in Spain. Its seldom we get one that’s so good at this price! Fine structure here.

Torre de Ferro Dao 2015 Portugal 13.5%   €7.99     What great value this winPortuguese Montes Claros Reserva Alentejo (225478)_ (002)e is! rich and soft and long. Defy anyone not to like this at the barbecue. 

Montes Claros Reserva Alentejo 2014 Portugal 14%  €11.99   Go for it. Big and rich and alcoholic but at the same time oh, so modern. Love the wine making here where structure and fruit have a super balance.  

Watch out for our recommendations from the Lidl French Cellar beginning June 11th20180430_120027.jpg


 O’Briens French Wine Sale   –   NOW ON until May 7th

Sale ends 7th of May but runs for the WHOLE of the long weekend!!

Loads n Loads of excellent offers.
For the barbecue and the hot, hot weather we’ll be having!

Chatelain Desjacques Sauv Blan

Les Beauchamps Syrah


Chatelain Desjacques   zingy Sauvignon from the Loire at only €9.95

or for the same price go for the Beauchamps Syrah from the Languedoc.




Want to splash out or bring a gift?    no need to break the bank …

L' Ostal Cazes Estibals

at €12.95 l’Ostal Cazes Estibals from the Minervois is classy, rich  and impressive. They look great and make a really excellent pair.                                         Domaine L'Ostal Cazes Blanc


 Spanish Wine Week 2018
April 23rd to April 29th

Here’s the Deal. Don’t Miss Out

Spanish Wine Week is perfectly designed for both foodies and wine lovers, giving guests the opportunity to feel the passion and learn more about Spanish wines in a series of events – tastings, talks, special restaurant and wine shop offers and competitions – all organised by Wines from Spain. 

Every day of Spanish Wine Week gives people the opportunity to experience a different area, aspect or flavour from the wide variety of excitingly diverse areas and regions that make up the most widely planted wine-producing nation and the third largest producer of wine in the world.  

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The fun begins on Friday, 20th April with two events at CLIFF properties – Cliff House Hotel and Cliff Townhouse. Wines from Spain are partnering with West Waterford Festival of Food to bring a little Spain to the south during the festival weekend with a Chef’s Table Dinner at Cliff House Hotel, Co. Waterford where Michelin star Chef Martijn Kajuiter will host an intimate Chef’s Table Dinner in House restaurant championing local producers and paired with wines from the Rueda and Bierzo regions. The Chef’s Table Dinner with wines costs €95 per person and starts at 8.00pm. To book contact

On the same evening in Dublin, Cliff Townhouse on St. Stephen’s Green will be hosting a Taste of Gran Canaria, a place close to Head Chef Sean Smith whose wife is from the region. The talented chef will pair Spanish dishes including grilled chorizo, quail egg with sourdough, octopus, paprika, olive oil and grilled white asparagus and tomato tartare clams with wines from the region. Each course and wine will be introduced by Sunday Business Post wine writer Tomas Clancy. Dinner costs €79.00 per person and can booked directly by emailing

On Monday 23rd April, energetic Niall Sabongi will be leading a Klaw Krawl with Rías Baxias taking guests on a walking tour of three locations – Klaw Temple Bar, Klaw Poké and The Seafood Café with signature dishes from each restaurant paired with wines from the Rías Baxias region and some demonstrations throughout. Tickets are €75.00. Contact  to book – places are limited.

On Tuesday 24th April, Sunday Business Post wine writer Tomas Clancy will hosting Top Summer Wines at Whelehans Wines at 7.15pm, tickets cost €25 per person. In Cork, Rafael Salazar of Vinostito will be leading a tasting of ‘Atlantic vs Mediterranean’ in L’Atitude 51, the legendary wine café in Cork city. Beginning at 7.30 pm. Rafael Salazar will present a selection of wines and the L’Atitude 51 kitchen will prepare some tasty tapas to match.


On Wednesday 25th April, Instituto Cervantes in Dublin will tease the tastebuds and get the hips moving with a night of Flamenco, Fino Tio Pepe and Iberian Ham starting at 6.30 p.m. Flamenco dancer Sandra Palomar and Instituto Cervantes Dublin’s flamenco group will present a show of pure Andalusian art after which all attendees get to taste two of the most recognisable gourmet products of Spanish gastronomy – delicious Iberian ham, and sensational sherry unique to the Andalusian area of Jerez introduced by sherry expert Paddy Murphy. Costing just €5, tickets are extremely limited and can be booked directly on

On the same night, Rafael Salazar of Vinostito will be hosting a ‘Spain, no bull’ talk and tasting at Green Man Wines from 7pm and tickets cost €35.

Thursday 26th April sees events across the country – Wicklow, Dublin, Kildare and Galway – a Spanish wine dinner with John Wilson in La Touche Wines in Greystones.

Grand masters of wine in Ireland, ELY BAR & GRILL, will be hosting a Cava & Canapés tasting led by wine expert and sommelier Ian Brosnan starting at 7pm, tickets cost €40 per person find out more at

Family-run public house in the heart of Kildare town, Boyles of Kildare, host an evening of ‘Hidden Gems & Unknown Regions’ led by Susan Boyle. Contact for further details.

Woodberry Wines in association with Kasbah Wine Bar are hosting a Spanish tasting dinner pairing 6 wines from Spain. The dinner starts at 8pm and tickets cost €35. Contact  for further details.

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On Friday 27th April, Galway’s Woodberry Wines take a trip to a prodigious wine-producing region with A Visit To Rioja, starting at 6pm visit for more details. In Dublin, El Celler restaurant in Blackrock will host a Spanish wine dinner.

On the same evening in Limerick, No.1 Percy Square are hosting a Spanish dinner prepared by Chef Timothy Harris with dishes including traditional Paella, jamon courgettes and grilled octopus paired with a selection of wines from Spain. Tickets are €59 per person contact  for further details.

On Saturday 28th April, Suesey Street at 25 Fitzwilliam Place will host a sparkling wine tasting, led by Corinna Hardgrave wine writer with the Irish Independent, where a selection of fabulous sparkling wines including Cava will be reviewed followed by lunch in the elegant dining room of No.25 paired with a selection of Spanish wines. The tasting and lunch costs €35 per person contact to book.

On Sunday 29th April wine supremos and multi award-winning wine obsessives The Twelve, take an in-depth look at wines from Rueda. Kicking off at 3 p.m. with a tasting of wines from the region introduced in his own inimitable style by flame-haired sommelier and general manager, Fergus O’Halloran and followed by supper prepared by talented chef Martin O’Donnell with dishes paired with wines from Rueda. Discovering Rueda at The Twelve costs €60 per person (wine tasting & supper) or €45 per person (supper only). Tickets sold in advance .

Wine stores will also have a huge selection of offers throughout Spanish Wine Week including The Port House who have special taste flights and Spanish dishes on offer, Woodberry Wines in Galway has 20% off all Spanish wines including Cava and Sherry during Spanish Wine Week, O’Briens Wines will have in-store discounts, The Winehouse in Howth has discounts on all Spanish wines for the week in store and online, Fallon & Byrne have no corkage on all Spanish wines in their wine cellar for the week, Whelehans Wines are featuring Spanish wines in the ‘Wine of the Week’ and ely wine bar will be offering Spanish wine flights in Ely Place, including a Cava flight and many more.

Serving Spanish wine

A loyal Irish customer base has made Spain the third most popular wine producer in this country but there are still plenty of interesting aspects of Spanish viniculture to taste and explore.

In the third Spanish Wine Week from April 23rd to April 29th, Wines from Spain has created a fascinating programme to educate, inspire and help make people passionate about the impressive variety and diversity of Spanish winemaking regions, grapes, flavours and style. A su salud – sláinte!

Further information about all the activities and promotions can be seen at the website:

For further information or to book a place at specific events, please contact the host venue directly.

Spanish wine and tapa mix