Not just for holidays

Wine reviews – By Michael Wolsey

And Spanish ale will bring you hope, wrote the the poet Mangan in his translation of My

Dark Rosaleen. There’s not much demand for Spanish ale in Ireland nowadays, although

Cruzcampo and San Miguel are quite popular, but there are plenty of excellent Spanish wines in both off-licences and supermarkets.

And here comes Spanish Wine Week to celebrate them.

Spanish food is also on the menu. And not just tapas. That trend has become way overworked and if I never see tapas in a restaurant again, I will be perfectly happy.

Spanish Wine Week runs from April 23 to 29. Most of the events are in Dublin but on April 20 a preview is being run in partnership with the West Waterford Festival of Food.

Martijn Kajuiter will host a Chef’s Table Dinner at Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, paired with wines from the Rueda and Bierzo regions; €95pp, book at

On the same evening, at Cliff Townhouse on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin, Sean Smith will pair Spanish dishes with wines from their regions; €79pp, to book email

On Monday April 23, Niall Sabongi leads a Klaw Krawl with Rías Baixas, taking guests on a walking tour of three fishy locations – Klaw Temple Bar, Klaw Poké and The Seafood Café – with signature dishes from each restaurant paired with wines from the region; €75pp, to book email On Thursday 26, Ely Bar and Grill’s sommelier Ian Brosnan hosts a Cava and Canapés tasting starting at 7pm; €40pp,

Meanwhile, Boyles of Kildare is putting on Hidden Gems and Unknown Regions led by Susan Boyle. See for further details. The week finishes at The Twelve in Barna, Co Galway, paired with wines

from Rueda; €45/€60pp, email

There are many more events than I have mentioned here.

For more information, see