I had a really enjoyable experience at Jacob’s Creek Wine & Dine last Tuesday evening. Jacob’s Creek are hosting their ‘Wine & Dine Experience’ in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Waterford this March and April. For one night only, 50 guests in each location are invited to take part in a free wine tasting masterclass and delicious dining experience, which will encourage them to ‘See Beyond The Label’ and discover the true character of the wine and food on offer. And all I had to do to reserve a space at this event was to visit the ‘Wine & Dine Experience’ tab on the left of their Facebook page.

The Dublin event took place in Tailors Hall which dates from 1706 and is the only remaining Guild Hall in Dublin. It was the meeting place of the Guild of Merchant Tailors from 1706 to 1841. It is now the headquarters of An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland. On the night we were introduced to the wines from the Jacob’s Creek winery by top wine expert, TV3’s David Whelehan and enjoyed a delicious three course meal prepared by award winning Chef, Neil Shirt who has used the Jacob’s Creek wine range as inspiration for his menu.

We arrived at 7pm and were greeted with a glass of sparkling rose and a string quartet. We were introduced to the chef, Neil Shirt who explained his inspiration behind the menu and his love for Irish produce. We started off with an amuse bouche of McConnell’s Smoked Irish Duck with Horseradish, Poached Rhubarb and Lamb’s Lettuce followed by a starter of Marinated Clare Island Organic Salmon with Warm potato, lemon and chive salad. Both of which were lovely dishes but the star of the show was the main course of slow cooked shoulder of wicklow lamb with spring vegetables, pressed potato and red wine jus. It was melt in the mouth and cooked for 16 hours at 80 degrees. Each course was served with a selection of Jacob’s Creek wines from the classic and the reserve range introduced by wine expert, David Whelehan. The cheese selection was a choice of Irish and continental cheeses followed by tea, coffee and petit fours. All in all it was a truly enjoyable experience and we left feeling pleasantly full after the delicious food, a little merry and with more knowledge of wine to rival any expert, well at least to know to look out for Jacob’s Creek on the supermarket shelves!

There are more evenings planned in Cork, Galway and Waterford so if you are in those locations, I’d recommend entering the competition for a really lovely evening. Simply go to the Jacob’s Creek Facebook page for more details.

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