John, David and I had a first visit for food to Fern & Co post-Golf (congratulations Dave!). The layout is the same as the previous Wild Boar entity with the Decor ‘Mahoganied’ up in the Bar and Restaurant. Fern have recently changed the menu and made the pricing more accessible. Not a bad meal.
Les Mouginels, Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc 2015
The white: very light, floral
– acceptable but lacking any depth though washed down my tasty Asparagus and Broad Beans, followed by the Sea Bass.
Torre del Falasco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso, Cantina Valpantena, 2014
Cherries & Chocolate with a spicy sweet finish. A competent yet expensive Ripasso @ €38 from Cantina Valpantena in the Veneto.
Another bauble from the wineonline.ie bin end case.
The Ink dark colour would suggest a mouthbuster hit but delivery is quite reserved. A light, slighty gritty, fruity cloying taste. Not unpleasant and perhaps more Merlot than Syrah in the blend. Good party wine.
Mas Belles Eaux is a sister vineyard to Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron. It is owned by French insurance company AXA and was run by Jean-Michel Cazes of Château Lynch-Bages – makers of our other current favourite Rose L’Ostal Cazes – for a while.
And this doesn’t disappoint, recommended by the Assistant Manager in O’Briens Sandymount.
Well constructed, pink tint with delicate berry nose and very smooth dry moreish taste. Delicious.
We all enjoyed this celebrating Ian’s Birthday on a humid and wet summer Sunday.
Summer Rose offer: Buy one Get One half price @ €14.49