Irish Examiner - Weekend - - Food - Les­lie Wil­liams Con­tact Les­lie Wil­liams at wine@ex­am­

Sum­mer is of­fi­cially over and we are all back to school on Monday but with any luck you are read­ing this at the of­fi­cial last blowout of sum­mer — Elec­tric Pic­nic. If you are in Strad­bally, or are mak­ing your way down for Sun­day as a day-trip­per, then make sure to visit The­atre of Food at the Mind Field (near the Com­edy Tent) where there are free food and drinks events hap­pen­ing all week­end — text your friends!

I will be host­ing a wine Q&A and tast­ing on Sun­day at 5.30pm, and all week­end there will be tast­ings of var­i­ous beers, wines and spir­its in­clud­ing the newly launched Slane Whiskey (see Spirit of the Week, p 27.) At 2.30pm to­day I will be in­tro­duc­ing the spir­its used by Bir­gitta Curtin of Bur­ren Smoke­house to make three kinds of Salmon Gravad­lax (Mi­cil Poitín, Slane Whiskey and Bom­bay Gin). At 6.45pm this evening there is a tast­ing and dis­cus­sion of Nat­u­ral Wines from Pas­cal Ros­sig­nol and Colm McCan of Le Caveau — some of the wines they are pre­sent­ing are rec­om­mended be­low so if you are not at EP you can at least get a flavour of what you missed.

My se­lec­tions this week are all or­ganic in­clud­ing some “nat­u­ral wines”. Nat­u­ral wines have more than one def­i­ni­tion but usu­ally th­ese are wines made with very low sul­phur ad­di­tion and with min­i­mal in­ter­ven­tion. As this is back to school month don’t for­get the many wine cour­ses and mas­ter­classes that are avail­able all over the coun­try. Most in­de­pen­dent off-li­cences run tast­ings ev­ery au­tumn and many run full cour­ses. The Cork Wine School run by O’Dono­vans Off-Li­cences have a range of cour­ses and you can find out more at odono­van­sof­fli­

L’Ati­tude 51 Wine Bar has lots of events over the coming months with their Wine Fun­da­men­tals course be­gin­ning on Satur­day, Septem­ber 30. In ad­di­tion there movie nights, Speed Tast­ing events (think ‘wine tast­ing with a hint of dat­ing’) and mas­ter­classes.

My own Wine Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Course in Rath­mines Col­lege be­gins Septem­ber 18 (en­rol­ment is on the evenings of Septem­ber 4, 5, 11 and 12.) Cost is €200, visit: www.rath­mi­nescol­

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