Artisan Wine Tasting – Trade and Press
Fallon and Byrne, 6th February 2014
10:30 to 17:30
Our annual Portfolio tasting took place on Thursday 6th February, in Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. This is the event which kicks off the new year for us as it is the time where we present our new wines, new vintages and fresh-from-the-printer wholesale list to sommeliers, restaurateurs, wine buyers, wine writers and journalists.
As always, a few wine growers and winery export Managers came up to introduce their wines – Corina from Solar de Urbezo (Carinena, Spain); Laure from Clos de Caveau (Vacqueyras, Rhone Valley); Pedro from Bodegas Fuentenarro (Ribera del Duero); Carlo of Monte dall’Ora (Veneto); Felice of Cantina Frentana (Abruzzo); Pedro of Framingham Vineyards (New Zealand), Stéphane paid us a fourth consecutive visit and introduced his Bordeaux wines from Chateau Turcaud and Dario of Les Caves de Pyrene, another regular to our tastings, came up from London. Their presence give an extra dimension to our tasting and we are very grateful they took the time off their busy schedule to come over and assist us.
The turn-out was brilliant, there was a great buzz in the room all day and we would like to sincerely thank everyone who came. The wines showed up very well, there are days you feel wines are closed, and feel a bit numb, but luckily, this wasn’t the case last Thursday (probably a fruit day in the biodynamic calendar?) – Incidentally, we had 2 faulty bottles out of over 190 openned, again this is fair and it certainly proves the cork industry have cleaned up their act over recent years.
The day ended with growers (and ourselves!) being very satisfied with the turn-out and commenting on the professionalism and knowledge of the tasters, and this is a real tribute to the Irish wine scene.
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