10.21am, Saturday 1st October, Drury Street, Dublin central, Ireland
Well, folks, the ‘heatwave’ of the last few days here in Dublin is definitely over. It’s a bit of a shame because the city has been on a real high just because of the unseasonal sunshine. In the local papers, one headline read “Our weather is Oz-Some” where they’ve compared the 25 degrees Celsius on Wednesday here with that temperature being “hotter than the Australian Outback” on the same day.
So the fact that it’s raining helps keep me chained to the workbook inside! Here’s where we start catching up – first spot is GALWAY.
We have a long standing outpost of support up in the northwest of Ireland in Galway, all revolving around Dec & Sandra Owen with their wine store Thomas Woodberrys in the old town. They also supply a lot of the local restaurants and pubs, and our headquarters whenever we’re in town is the lovely Park House Hotel, which sits on the bottom of Eyre Square in the centre of Galway. It has been privately owned by Kitty Carr and Eamon Doyle for over 30 years, and they have gradually expanded and improved the hotel to where today it features The Park restaurant, with Bob O Keefe the chef in charge, and the Blue Room and Boss Doyle bars. We did our masterclass in the Blue Room on the night and worked through a set of nine wines that showcased what we’ve been up to in the past 12 months, with the new wine added to Thomas Woodberrys shelves only this week being the star – the 2010 Yalumba Galway Vintage – our cherry choc middleweight Shiraz. No surprises that wine conversation continued in The Blue Room late into the evening.
So this is what you need to know if you’re chasing good wine and food in Galway. Here’s Thomas Woodberrys wine store in the old town, all dressed up for the Rugby World Cup.
Here’s the man in charge of the store, Tadhg Byrne (a good reason to visit the store gals! And his offsider Christian is the information machine as well).
And here is one of the Yalumba ‘fortresses’ that Declan has established for us in Galway – the Park House Hotel.
Thanks a huge amount to you all for looking after us – from Woodberrys – Dec, Sandra,Tadhg, Christian, new man Peter; and from Park House Miss Carr, Mary Therese and Bob.See you next year hopefully when it’s the Galway Races!