Food news: Viva la vino!
The second annual Spanish Wine Week runs from April 23 to April 30, with events throughout the country organised by Wines from Spain.
On Sunday 23rd, The Twelve Hotel in Barna, Co Galway, will host a five-course Hidden Gems late lunch, with Martin O'Donnell's food paired with wines from Cava, Rueda, Ribera del Duero, Albariño and Jumilla, each course and wine introduced by sommelier Fergus O'Halloran (€50 per person).
On Monday 24, Boyle's of Kildare will host an evening of Tasting & Storytelling in Kildare town, featuring three whites from Galicia and three reds from Navarra (€15 per person).
On Tuesday 25, Green Man Wines in Dublin 6 is holding a wine tasting focusing on The Magnificent Seven Under €25 with wine writer Tomás Clancy. The evening will focus on interesting, authentic bottles with a story to tell (€25 per person). On the same day, 64 Wine in Glasthule, Co Dublin, is hosting a tasting of lesser-known Spanish wines with Rafael Salazar of wine distributor Vinostito and featuring winemaker Dani Landi. Tapas will be served (€40 per person). And over on Camden Street, Pickle will host a Spanish wine dinner with wine writer John Wilson, pairing Spanish wines with four courses of Sunil Ghai's Indian food (€50 per person).
Wednesday 26 sees Rafael Salazar leading a tasting of organic and natural wines in L'Atitude 51 in Cork city to include tapas (€18 per person), while the Instituto Cervantes in Dublin hosts a night of Flamenco, Sherry and Iberian Ham starting at 6.30pm (€5 per person; tickets limited and can be booked directly on firstname.lastname@example.org. On the same night, Brioche in Ranelagh hosts a Rioja dinner led by Liam Campbell (€45 per person) and Woodberrys Wines in Galway hosts a Rioja tasting of wines from Bodegas Ostatu, Gómez Cruzado and Hazaña.
On Thursday 27, Ely Wine Bar on Dublin's Ely Place holds a Spanish Spring Roast with wine pairings for €50, while the Farmgate Café in Cork's English Market hosts a special Spanish Supper Club for €45. On the same night, there's a Spanish wine dinner with John Wilson in La Touche Wines in Greystones, Co Wicklow, and a masterclass in Spanish Wines by Lynne Coyle, Master of Wine, in Smock Alley, Temple Bar. On Friday 28 and Saturday 29, The Winehouse in Howth, Co Dublin, hosts a Spanish wine tasting each day, featuring six different Spanish wines.
Wine stores around the country will also have a selection of offers throughout Spanish Wine Week. Visit spanishwineweek.ie
Party like it's 1999!
The Grapevine in Dalkey is celebrating 18 years in business, and the first anniversary of its move to Castle Street. From today until April 8, the wine shop will be selling 18 of its most popular wines at 1999 prices, which sounds like a very good reason to beat a path, sharpish; onthegrapevine.ie
Think outside the box
If you haven't been able to land an evening table at the Camden Street hotspot, you can now try out Karl Whelan's take on Chinese food at lunchtime when there's a daily special priced at between €9 and €13, for eat in or take out. Check out each day's offering on Instagram @hangdaichinese
Help to get your food business cooking
Food Works has launched its 2017 search for ambitious food and drink start-ups to join its accelerator programme, and is holding introductory meetings in Dundalk, Dublin, Cork and Galway between now and the end of June. See foodworks.ie