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ely wine bar sommelier - Ian Brosnan


For more information or if you have any queries, please contact wine manager, Ian Brosnan via wineclub@elywinebar.com or call (01) 678 7867


Wine is what we do, and wine tastings are what we do best!

Wine tastings @ ely are fun, informative and educational, and cover everything from tasting and assessing wine to food and wine pairing. You’ll also learn how to spot a fault,  pick up a bargain or navigate a wine list.  The theme for the tastings can be anything you want, from Old World Classics to New World Icons, Organic & Biodynamic, or Lesser Known France. Our award-winning Sommelier, Ian Brosnan, will be on hand to share his knowledge and answer all your questions.

See the full list of upcoming wine tastings events below and book an award-winning ely wine experience of your choice.
Don't forget you can also book our 4 week wine appreciation course below!
Best of Award of Excellence 2016 & 2015
(Wine Spectator Magazine)
Best Wine Experience in Ireland 2015 & 2014
(Food & Wine Magazine Awards)
1st & 2nd Best Wine Bars in Ireland 2015 & 2014
(Sunday Business Post)

Upcoming Wine Tasting Events

Champagne & Sparkling wines

Champagne & Sparkling wines

Champagne is by some distance the benchmark for sparkling wines, but it is by no means out on its own. From England to Italy, Australia to Argentina there has been a surge in quality and variety of sparkling wines. With more of these wines available to us than ever before, there’s never been a better time to experiment and explore these fantastic wines.

Cost: €55.00sold out

4 Week Wine Course October-November

4 Week Wine Course October-November

the last course of the year will begin in October. The course will run on Tuesdays, and cover all aspects of wine knowledge including wine tasting, wine regions and grape varieties, wine production and food and wine matching. We’ll also discuss wine faults, how to navigate a wine list, spot a bargain and much more. Each evening of the course we will serve supper, a dish chosen from our menu to complement the wines we are tasting. Detailed notes will be provided each week, and homework -of the tasting kind- will be assigned! Dates October 24th & 31st, November 7th & 14th.

Cost: €0.00
Date: 24 Oct 2017Time: 7pmLocation: ely bar & brasserieCost: €240.00sold out

The Big Rhone Tasting

The Big Rhone Tasting

This November see the return of Rhone wine Week, the fantastic celebration of all things Rhone! As usual, ely will host the main event – The Big Rhone Tasting – on Thursday November 9th in ely, IFSC. Similar to our hugely popular ‘Big Tasting’, it will feature a spectacular selection of wines from the many, varied regions of the Rhone Valley- easily the most exciting wine region in France. From the Southern superstars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas & Vacqueyras, to the savoury elegance of Côte Rôtie, Hermitage and St. Joseph, but not forgetting the likes of Brézème, Cornas, Condrieu and, of course, Cotes du Rhone. This promises to be the most comprehensive Rhone tasting ever, with many world-renowned wine makers in attendance.

Date: 09 Nov 2017Time: 6pmLocation: ely bar & brasserieCost: €20.00sold out

Bordeaux Left Bank tasting @ ely CHQ

Bordeaux Left Bank tasting @ ely CHQ

The left Bank in Bordeaux is home to some of the most famous wines in the world- names like Ch. Latour & Ch. Margaux instantly spring to mind. This Cabernet-dominated region produces superb, long-lived & regal wines. We will look at the Left Bank style, and taste some of the world famous communes within –Pauillac, St. Julien, Margaux & the Medoc.

Date: 18 Jan 2018Time: 7pmLocation: ely bar & brasserieCost: €60.00book now

Pinot Noir tasting @ ely CHQ

Pinot Noir tasting @ ely CHQ

The ultimate wine lover’s wine. There is no question that Burgundy produces many of the finest examples of this variety, but you may be surprised where else it excels. We know of the quality found in New Zealand and Australia, it can be superb from Chile and the north-western States of Oregon & Washington. But have you tried Pinot from the Italian Alps, or Germany for that matter. There may even be one more region you haven’t thought of where Pinot reigns supreme...

Date: 19 Jan 2018Time: 7pmLocation: ely bar & brasserieCost: €60.00book now

Bordeaux Right Bank tasting @ ely CHQ

Bordeaux Right Bank tasting @ ely CHQ

Whereas the Left Bank wines are all about power and structure, the Right Bank wines exude the rich and supple fruit associated with the best expressions of Merlot. St. Emilion and Pomerol are certainly the two most famed examples, but the Right Bank of Bordeaux is also home to some of the most interesting and – believe it or not - best value wines in Bordeaux.

Date: 25 Jan 2018Time: 7pmLocation: ely bar & brasserieCost: €60.00book now

Syrah/ Shiraz tasting @ ely CHQ

Syrah/ Shiraz tasting @ ely CHQ

Syrah, the majestic grape of the Northern Rhone, not to mention the adopted variety of Australia, is now finding its form in many places in between. New Zealand, South Africa, California, not to mention Italy and Spain are producing stunning examples of this most wonderful grape. With a dazzling array of aromas and flavours, Syrah/Shiraz has proven itself to be the world’s most exciting variety!

Date: 26 Jan 2018Time: 7pmLocation: ely bar & brasserieCost: €60.00book now

Grand Cru -France's finest @ ely CHQ

Grand Cru -France's finest @ ely CHQ

Does France deserve its reputation as the source of the world’s greatest wines? It is certainly a justifiable question, and one which can only be answered by examining the evidence! From the Grand Cru of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Alsace through to the very finest of the Loire, Rhone & Languedoc, we will taste wines which argue that when it comes to quality and range, France simply has no equal.

Date: 01 Feb 2018Time: 7pmLocation: ely bar & brasserieCost: €75.00book now

New World Icons tasting @ ely CHQ

New World Icons tasting @ ely CHQ

Do the long held ideas of “Old World” and “New world” still hold sway, or is that just outdated thinking by outdated people? Is the balance of power in the wine world shifting? There is no question that some of the most interesting wines and respected winemakers are hailing from lands far beyond Europe’s shores. These iconic wines, from all over the “New World” are stating their case to be recognised as being amongst the very best in the world.

Date: 08 Feb 2018Time: 7pmLocation: ely bar & brasserieCost: €60.00book now

Champagne and Sparkling tasting @ ely CHQ

Champagne and Sparkling tasting @ ely CHQ

The wines of Champagne need no introduction, being unquestionably the finest examples of sparkling wines to be found on the planet. But, they are by no means the only ones, with outstanding sparkling wines now produced the world over. It’s not just the obvious ones – we can now sample sparkling wines from every continent, including some very special ones produced very, very close to home.

Date: 15 Feb 2018Time: 7pmLocation: ely bar & brasserieCost: €55.00book now

Tuscany tasting @ ely CHQ

Tuscany tasting @ ely CHQ

In Tuscany, Sangiovese is king- a grape variety whose qualities and charms increase exponentially when paired with food. High in acidity and tannins, it is not always a wine for easy enjoyment. However, when matched with the right dish, its aromas and flavours of cherry, plum and dried herb explode to life, and the characteristic acidity becomes cleansing and refreshing. There is no better food wine. We will taste wines such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile de Montepulciano and more, and show the true greatness of this variety.

Date: 22 Feb 2018Time: 7pmLocation: ely bar & brasserieCost: €60.00book now

Northern Rhone tasting @ ely CHQ

Northern Rhone tasting @ ely CHQ

The Northern Rhone valley is the spiritual home of Syrah, and still produces the most stunning examples of this exceptional variety. From the power and intensity of Hermitage, to the savoury, spiciness of St. Joseph, through to the almost Pinot-like elegance of Cote Rotie, the range of styles is almost as fascinating as the variety itself. Add to that some sensational, if somewhat under-appreciated whites, and you have a wine region that demands to be explored.

Date: 01 Mar 2018Time: 7pmLocation: ely bar & brasserieCost: €60.00book now

4 Week Wine appreciation course Jan/Feb 2018

4 Week Wine appreciation course Jan/Feb 2018

The first wine course of 2018! The course will run on Tuesdays, and cover all aspects of wine knowledge including wine tasting, wine regions and grape varieties, wine production and food and wine matching. We’ll also discuss wine faults, how to navigate a wine list, spot a bargain and much more. Each evening of the course we will serve supper, a dish chosen from our menu to complement the wines we are tasting. Detailed notes will be provided each week, and homework -of the tasting kind- will be assigned! Dates are Jan 16th, 23rd, 30th & Feb 6th.

Date: 16 Jan 2018Time: 7pmLocation: ely bar & brasserieCost: €240.00book now

4 Week Wine appreciation course Feb/March 2018

4 Week Wine appreciation course Feb/March 2018

The course will run on Tuesdays, and cover all aspects of wine knowledge including wine tasting, wine regions and grape varieties, wine production and food and wine matching. We’ll also discuss wine faults, how to navigate a wine list, spot a bargain and much more. Each evening of the course we will serve supper, a dish chosen from our menu to complement the wines we are tasting. Detailed notes will be provided each week, and homework -of the tasting kind- will be assigned! Dates are Feb 20th, 27th, March 6th & 13th.

Date: 20 Feb 2018Time: 7pmLocation: ely bar & brasserieCost: €240.00book now
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