Winefest for Malbec Day

The Embassy of Argentina will mark Malbec Day with an Argentine Wine Fair.


The sixth Malbec World Day takes place this year on Sunday April 17th, 2016, and  Embassy, in association with Wines of Argentina will be holding the 4th Argentine Wine Fair on Monday 11th April, 2016.  . 
  For the sixth edition of Malbec World Day, created by Wines of Argentina, under the concept "Celebrating a classic" - hundreds of events will be held in 70 cities across 54 countries.  The festivities will include wine fairs for press and trade, tastings and  promotions in wine shops and restaurants.
  This year in Ireland the  2016 Argentine Trade Tasting will take place  in the Charlemont Suite at the  Hilton (Dublin) Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2. from 12:00 – 18:00.  Trade & Press only. Four Argentine wineries travelling to Dublin will be seeking representation.  
 A Masterclass presented by Tim Atkin MW entitled “The Argentina you don’t know” will take place in the restaurant at the Hilton from 11:00 – 12:30. 
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Fiona Quells the Spices

There is a strong argument that the best alcoholic accompaniment to Asian food is beer or perhaps sake. The mighty


 wine industry is not hiwever happy to permit millions of consumers from  Malaysia to China, (in addition to some millions of Westerners who enjoy Asian food), to become exclusive customers of the brewers, and so there has, for many years been a sustained effort to match Eastern foods with Western wines.
 I am not too sure that the campaign has been a success and personally I usually opt for a Tiger beer or its equivalent in an Asian restaurant.
 Fiona Beckett is on the other hand, a devotee of matching Asian foods with complementary wines and as a renowned food-matching blogger, she knows what she is about.
It was fascinating therefore to taste her wine choices with the splendid Asian cuisine of  Ananda restaurant in  Dundrum, Dublin, as part of the Febvreuary wine festival.
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Brunello with Dante

Frank Corr meets Banfi Ambassador


It’s a small world.
When I met up with Banfi Wines brand ambassador Dante Cecchini, in Bray this week, we went for a coffee to Carpe Diem, my very favourite coffee shop just off the seafront.
Before we even sat down, Dante was chatting in animated Italian to the barista . It turned out that they were both from the same town in Italy.
Eventually we got to talk about Banfi, one of the most interesting of American-Italian wine businesses, best known as the producer of ‘Reunuite’ Lambrusco, which has, for many decades been the biggest-selling imported red wine in the USA.
The business was founded in 1919 by John F Mariani Snr, just as New York went ‘dry’ under Prohibition and it was named after his aunt Teodolino Banfi. Almost out of business before it started, the fledgling wine importer survived Prohibition by importing spices but then got around to importing quality Italian wines. Sons John Jnr. and Harry expanded the portfolio by adding German, Swiss and French wines to the list, but with the launch of ‘Reunite’ the emphasis turned back to Italy.
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