Wine tasting night to see Michael off
THE TANTALISING tastes of the vineyards of the world were sampled at Holland’s Pub last Thursday night.
As part of a fundraiser for Kilmacanogue man Michael Byrne who is setting off with the Niall Mellon trust next March to South Africa, a wine-tasting evening took place.
The successful event raised in the region of ¤3,000 for Michael which will put a great dent in the fundraising kitty.
From 7.30 p.m. onwards the guests discovered the beauty of a full-bodied red to the more fruity delights of white wine.
The art of wine-tasting was explained by wine expert Neville Whiskers.
Guests were told to take a sip of wine, but not to swallow and to roll the wine around in their mouth exposing it to all of their taste buds.
Then they should only be able to detect sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami (think: meaty or savory).
They were also advised to pay attention to the texture and other tactile sensations such as an apparent sense of weight or body.
Throughout the wine-tasting session appetisers and cheese were enjoyed by the guests.
During the evening there was a raffle with some fantastic prizes from dinner for two at local restaurants, to golf gifts, to a tasty fruit basket.
Once everyone had learned all they needed to know about wine, special guest for the evening Mr. Hugh Brennan CEO of the Niall Mellon Trust, gave an interesting and informative speech on the work done by the trust out in the townships of South Africa.
‘The evening was a great success and I would like to thank everybody for their generosity especially Holland’s pub for giving us their space for the evening,’said fundraiser Michael.
Wine-tasting for the NIall Mellon Trust were Ann Elliott, Maeve Hooper, Joyce Bowers, Joan Walker and Hazel Lowry.
John Rochford, Brian Holland and Michael Bannon enjoying sampling the delicious wines.
Emma Luka and Meabh Jones at the evening.