O’Brien’s are back with their famous Winter Wine Fair which runs from tomorrow, Friday 11th November, for three sessions over two days. It’s a great event and highly recommended for anyone with even a passing interest in wine.
If you’re reading this as soon as I post it (which is probably unlikely) then it’s also currently happening in Cork today too (Thursday 10th November). Otherwise you’ll have to high-tail it to Dublin to partake in the fun.
The Winter Wine Fair is always good craic with a bit of a party atmosphere, which is probably helped by the fact that two of the three sessions are on Friday and Saturday evenings, meaning it’s a handy springboard for a night out (if that’s your kind of thing).
It’s taking place at The Print Works in Dublin Castle at the following times:
- Friday 6-9pm
- Saturday 2-5pm
- Saturday 6-9pm
They’ll have 50 winemakers in attendance presenting over 200 of their wines, making it a sort of wine-based speed dating event in a way.
And the cherry on the icing is that the proceeds all go to charity, with Down Syndrome Ireland and LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice all benefiting this year.
Tickets can be bought in their stores or else ONLINE HERE.
The 9th annual Cases Wine Warehouse Winter Wine Fair takes place in Galway tomorrow, Friday 13th November, with over 100 of their own-import wines on show. I was lucky enough to taste some of their wines a few months ago and I must say they come highly recommended, so if you’re from the area or around Galway this weekend then you really should try and make it.
What’s more, all proceeds from the evening go a locally based beneficiary. This year, all proceeds go directly to the development of a sports hall at Scoil Mhuire National School, Clarinbridge, Co Galway, a school which has experienced an explosive increase in pupil numbers over the last few years.
This charity element has always been a feature of the Winter Wine Fair I believe, and Cases should be applauded for this situation which gives a win-win-win situation: Cases get people in the door to try their wines (which is almost always a precursor to actually buying something), the public get to sample a shed-load of wine and have a nice evening out, and of course a worthy cause gets to benefit too. What’s more there’ll be live music, a raffle, and a blind tasting competition too.
Some of the wines open on the night will be from countries as diverse as Austria and Uruguay; regions as obscure as Bizkaiko Txakolina in the Basque Country and Utiel-Requena near Valencia; and varieties you might not get to experience often such as Verdicchio and Lacrima from Marche in Italy. It’s always good to see unusual options presented to the general public to freely try and taste – anything that helps move people away from Pinot Grigio and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a winner in my book!
The evening runs from 6.30 to 9.30pm at Cases Wine Warehouse on the Tuam Road in Galway. There is plenty of parking outside but, really, watching your alcohol intake at an event like this would completely remove any enjoyment from the evening I think. Best go with one of the many taxis which will be on call for the night.
Tickets, priced at €20 are available from Cases Wine Warehouse, from local shops in Clarinbridge and from members of the Scoil Mhuire Parents’ Association on 087 233 9851.