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Artisan Wine Tasting (Trade and Press)

We are delighted to announce the details of our forthcoming Portfolio tastings (Trade and Wine Press)

The 2 tastings will take place in Dublin and Cork on 12th and 14th April respectively. We are thrilled to be bringing our ‘show’ to Cork for the first time this year, we are huge fans of the incredible diversity of the food scene there and we’re delighted of the interest the Southern Counties are showing to our wines,

We will showcase about 80 wines on both dates, focusing on organic, biodynamic and natural wines (April is Real Wine Month!) and we are thrilled that 11 growers will be present at the tastings:

The estates represented will be: Chateau Turcaud (Bordeaux); Maison Ambroise (Burgundy); Bodegas Menade (Rueda); Wiston’s Estate (UK Sparkling); Guy Allion (Loire); Cockagee Cider (Slane); Tour des Gendres (Bergerac); Beauregard-Mirouze (Corbieres); Clos de Caveau (Rhone); Taylor’s & Fonseca Ports; Highbank Orchards Gin & Liqueur


Drury Buildings

Le Caveau Artisan Wine Tasting

 Trade and Press

Tuesday 12th April, 10.00 to 5.30

Drury Buildings

2nd Floor

Drury Street

Dublin 2


contact/enquiry: orders@lecaveau.ie



Le Caveau Artisan Wine Tasting

Trade and Press

Thursday 14th April, 10.00 to 5.30

L’Atitude 51

1, Union Quay



contact/enquiry: orders@lecaveau.ie

See you there!


The Real Wine Month – April 2014


The Real Wine Month will be running throughout the whole of April to promote natural wines in Ireland and the UK.

Natural wines are made from organic or biodynamic grapes with minimal intervention in the winery. The Real Wine Month will seek to highlight and celebrate these wines in restaurants and independent retailers by making them widely available for consumers to taste, and enjoy.


Over 40 participants so far and counting!


Participating restaurants (Ireland) :

Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry Co.Cork

Fallon and Byrne Restaurant, Dublin 2

Hatch & Sons, St-Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Chapter One, Dublin 1

La Cave wine bar, Dublin 2

Café Paradiso, Cork

Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Co. Waterford

Zuni, Kilkenny

Anocht @ Kilkenny Design Centre, Kilkenny

Campagne, Kilkenny

The Grapevine wine and tapas bar, Kilkenny

Trinity College Cellars, Dublin 2

Etto, Dublin 2

DeVille’s Restaurant, Dalkey, Co.Dublin

The Arch Bistro, Churchtown, Dublin 14

Uki-Yo, Dublin 2

The Box Tree, Stepaside Village, Dublin 18

One Pico, Dublin 2

China Sichuan, Sandyford, Dublin 18

The Green House, Dublin 2

Marcel’s, Dublin 4

The Cliff Townhouse, Dublin 2

The Black Pig Wine Bar, Kinsale, Co. Cork

Ely Wine Bar, Ely Place, Dublin 2

Ely Bar and Brasserie Chq , IFSC, Dublin 1

Ely Gastro Bar Hq, Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2

Ghan House, Carlingford, Co.Louth

Trax Brasserie, Naas, Co. Kildare

Bouchon (Above Kavannagh’s Pub), Naas, Co. Kildare

Taste Matters, Loughrea, Co. Galway

Inis Meain Restaurants and Suites, Aran Islands, Co. Galway

Locks Brasserie, Portobello, Dublin 8

Roly Saul : The Restaurant, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14

Jacques Restaurant, Cork


Participating wine shops and off licences (Ireland) :

The Corkscrew, Dublin 2

64 wines, Glasthule, Co. Dublin

Fallon and Byrne Wine Cellar, Dublin 2

World Wide Wines, Waterford

La Touche Wines, Greystones, Co.Wicklow

Mac Guinness Wine Merchants, Dundalk, Co.Louth

Clontarf Wines, Clontarf, Co.Dublin

Blackrock cellar, Blackrock, Co.Dublin

Liston’s Food Store, Dublin 2

Baggot Street Wines, Dublin 2

Nectar Wines, Sandyford, Dublin 18

Le Caveau, Kilkenny


Restaurants, wine bars, wine shops – Interested in joining in? don’t delay, email us secure@lecaveau.ie or contact 056 77 52166


Real Wine Month Events and Tastings in Ireland:


Alliance Francaise, Dublin 2 –  Wednesday 9th April 2014 – ‘Exploring Bordeaux’ with Claire O’Boyle-Gallagher

– Real Wine Month Natural wine Tasting and Seminar (trade and press) – Wednesday 16th April 2014 – 4 to 6 pm – Ely Wine Bar (upstairs), Ely Place, Dublin 2 – Moderated by Doug Wregg of Les Caves de Pyrene, with guests natural winegrowers: Elena Pantaleoni of La Stoppa (Emilia Romagna, Italy) and Craig Hawkins of Testalonga wines (South Africa) – Places are limited please call Claire, Gary or Pascal to book your seat!

The Dundalk Wine Circle – Wednesday 23rd April – ‘Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines’ with Claire O’Boyle-Gallagher

Fallon and Byrne, Dublin 2 – ‘Real Wine Tutored Tasting’ – Thursday 24th April – 7pm – wine@fallonandbyrne.com – tel: 01 4721012 – €25

Blackrock cellar, Blackrock, Co.Dublin – ‘Organic, Bodynamic and Natural Wines Tasting’ – Friday 25th April – 6pm-8pm – Contact: Graham Kearney  – Tel: 01 2783844

Baggot Street Wines, Dublin 2 – Thursday 17th April – 5 to 7 pm – Natural wine tasting with Claire O’Boyle-Gallagher – free

World Wide Wines, Waterford – ‘Real wine tasting’ – Friday 25th April 2014 – 4 to 8pm – declan@worldwidewines.ie – tel: 051 878 798 – free

Café Paradiso, Cork – Monday 28th April – 7pm – ‘Real Food and Wine Dinner’ – 5-course dinner with matching wines – info@cafeparadiso.ie – tel: 21 4277939 – €60


Related posts / blogs:

The Vine Inspiration, March 6th 2014

Matthew Nugent, The Irish Sun March 8th 2014



and also don’t miss …….. The Real Wine Fair London

RealWineFair1                             Meet the winemakers


13th – 14th April 2014

    • Sunday April 13th (Trade & Public) 10am – 6pm
    • Monday April 14th (Trade) 10am – 6pm

VENUE | Tobacco Dock, Wapping, E1W 2SF

over 150 growers will present their wines in London during these 2 days (Sunday is open to the public)


Full list of participants to the Real Wine Month (UK and Ireland) here



Ballymaloe LitFest 2013 ‘Going Natural’ and more

Just back from the first edition of Ballymaloe LitFest, and what a wonderful week-end that was;  the line-up of International and Irish speakers was unique, and so was the quality of the presentations, forums, pop-ups, tasting and demos. No doubt as Food and Wine festivals go,  there will be a pre and a post-LitFest.

Colm McCan (Ballymaloe Sommelier)

Colm McCan (Ballymaloe Sommelier)

On the wine side, there was a mountain of interesting events, Ballymaloe resident-Sommelier Colm McCan  lined up an impressive list of talks, tasting and presentations,

Our own presentation with Mary Dowey ‘Going Natural, new trends in wine’  went really well – we had a full house at the Carrigaun Room, and the wines showed very well.

The themes of the presentations were:

Biodynamic Wines, illustrated with Valpolicella Classico ‘Saseti’ 2011, Monte dall’Ora

Natural wines, Vouvray ‘la dilettante’ 2011, Pierre et Catherine Breton

No Sulphites addedVina Almate Tempranillo 2012, Alfredo Maestro Tejero

Old Vines, Vinsobres 2010, Chaume-Arnaud

If you want to read more about our event and the LitFest festival, look-up Billy Lyons’ excellent blog here


Jancis Robinson with Pascal Rossignol (Le Caveau Kilkenny)

Jancis Robinson with Pascal Rossignol (Le Caveau Kilkenny)

The next day, it was Jancis Robinson’s inspiring ‘Wine Grapes’ presentation and tasting. Jancis lined-up 8 wines, including two of our imports:

Chateau du Cedre, Cahors Cuvée GC 2007

Charles Hours Jurancon 2011 ‘Clos Uroulat’

Read Jancis Robinson own report here


And to the Big Shed… what a brilliant place to be, the food, the atmosphere, the family-friendliness, and the party atmosphere in the evening were memorable. If you enjoyed the wines served there, chances are they were one of these:

Alain Brumont, Gros Manseng-Sauvignon 2011, Pays de Gascogne

Vouvray ‘la dilettante’ 2011, Pierre et Catherine Breton

Valpolicella Classico ‘Saseti’ 2011, Monte dall’Ora


read more on what went on in the big shed in Joe McNamee’s brilliant piece here


Full report on LitFest by John and Sally McKenna & Team here




LitFest 2013, Ballymaloe 3rd – 6th May 2013

This coming May Bank Holiday week-end, the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine will bring some of the world’s best known chefs, critics, commentators, kitchen gardeners, foragers and wine experts to East Cork.
The festival will be held at Ballymaloe House and Ballymaloe Cookery School. In addition to the usual festival activities (readings, talks, panel discussions) there will be demonstrations, tastings, producer visits, foraging expeditions, lunches and dinners.

The objective of the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine is to bring together a wide, varied and international group of cookery writers, journalists, bloggers and critics whilst also offering a varied programme for professional and non-professional food enthusiasts from Ireland and abroad.

We are delighted to be involved in what promises to be one absolutely brilliant week-end!

see the full list of events here:

and the wine events here: