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Learn About Wine

The next Learn About Wine course will begin on Wednesday 22 January and run each Wednesday for nine weeks. Details on the webpage on the right hand menu.

Book now to secure a place. A deposit of €50 euro is required which is not refundable unless the course does not proceed.


September 2014
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Learn About Wine September 2014

The popular Learn About Wine course returns in September 2014.

The nine week course begins on Wednesday 24th September in the Tasting Room of Sweeeny’s Off-Licence in Glasnevin.

Over the 9 weeks you will have the opportunity to develop your tasting skills as we survey the world’s wines. You can expect to taste about 80 wines during the course and it ends with an opportunity to match food and wine in local restaurant.

More information is available by clicking the link under Courses to the right.

One day wine course – Whats with Wine???

One day wine course 18th October 2014

Our Learn About Wine course has proved very popular over the years it has been running but we have often been asked to provide something shorter for people who wish to dip a toe into the world of wine.

On  18th October 2014, we will run a one-day course in wine.

It is a Saturday and from 10.30 am – 5pm you will explore the 8 major grapes and taste a classic example of each.

An important focus will be the understanding of labels with some practical advice on matching food and wine.

The total cost is €95.00 with only a €25.00 deposit required.

Details in Sweeney’s Off Licence or use the contact form to email.

St. Émilion classification

The  St. Émilion classification has been mired in legal wranglings since it was last attempted in 2006.   In an attempt to clear the slate, a fresh classification is underway and will apply from the 2012 harvest.  In coming to a classification, ten vintages, from 1999 to 2008 will be tasted or 15 vintages if a promoton from grand cru classé to premier grand cru classé is being considered.

Learn About Wine September 2014

The ever popular Learn About Wine course ended on Wednesday 27 March with an excellent wine and food matching dinner at Kennedy’s Bistro in Fairview.   Over seven courses, a range of wines and food were matched and discussion stretched late into the evening.  The next session of Learn About Wine will take place in September and details will be posted here.

Over nine weeks, the course introduces participants to the world of wine, exploring all of the main wine producing regions of the world.  The focus is mainly on still wine but we also cast an eye over sparking wines, fortified wines (port and sherry) as well as dessert wines.

We place a great emphasis on building your tasting skills so that you can apply the factual knowledge you amass to the practical business of wine drinking.  Each night you can expect to taste 8 wines, chosen to give life to what has been discussed in class.

While the classes are well structured and designed to encourage learning, they are also designed to be fun and informal.

The final evening takes place in a local restuarant where, over a carefully considered menu, we examine in a most practical way how to match food with wine.

Book now to secure a place.   You can make a provisional booking by using the contact form on this site but your place will  not be confirmed until you pay a €50 deposit, either by calling into Sweeney’s in Glasnevin or giving the shop a call.  The deposit is not refundable unless the course is not given.

Latest changes to France ACs

The National Committee of the INAO, the French authority for wines and other protected products, met on the 16 November.  They made a number of recommendations which, if implemented, will see the following.

The denominations “Haut Poitou”, “Moselle” and “Côtes d’Auvergne” will be promoted to AC status.

They approved new classification criteria for Premiers Grands Crus Classés and Grands Crus Classés for Saint-Emilion Grand cru which will come into effect for the 2012 harvest.   These focus on the method of production and the quality of the finished product with an emphasis on the independence of the assessment.

They accepted the geographical delimitation for AC Crémant de Bourgogne.  This extends over 391 commumes of which 95 are located in the Côte d’Or.  A similar delimitation was approved for Crémant du Jura which extends over 110 communes in Jura.