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Wine Academy: Toasting and Hosting with Wine

The last of our wine series will focus on entertaining with wines and runs over 2nd and 3rd November – just in time for the party season.

Topics covered over the course of the weekend will include:

  • Bubbles – Champagne vs Prosecco vs sparkling wines – the difference between each.
  • Preparing wine – opening the bottle, serving, what glasses to use.
  • Food and wine pairing.
  • Guests will visit Vanilla Grape, purveyors of fine wine in Kenmare. Alain Bras, owner of the shop, is a qualified sommelier and award-winning wine expert. He stocks an array of quality wines now imported directly from small, passionate and knowledgeable producers. Alain will give guests recommendations for buying wine for Christmas. A 10% discount will also be offered to guests in the shop during their visit. 
  • Pascal Playon is our guest speaker this weekend. Pascal arrived in Ireland to work as a sommelier in Dromoland Castle for a few years. He has now joined the team of Anthony Tindal, wine merchant and importer, which has given Pascal the opportunity to travel the world to discover wine from the start of its production wherever it is made.

€599 in total for two people sharing in a Classic Room overlooking Kenmare Bay. €435 in total for a single occupancy Classic Room.

Arrive at leisure on Friday afternoon and join our Sommelier for a welcome-drinks reception that evening. He will outline the plans for the weekend and timings then. Course content will be covered on Saturday afternoon finishing with a group dinner that evening with accompanying wines. Breakfast is included each morning for all guests, as well as complimentary use of the leisure facilities in Easanna Spa

(Supplements apply for higher room categories and rates are subject to availability)

Our other courses in the series are focused on choosing the right wine and how geography shapes wine, through the soil and the grape type.