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Culinary Schools in Dublin and Galway


Culinary schools in Dublin and Galway 


In the autumn, Wines from Rioja teamed up with culinary schools in the gastronomic hubs of Galway and Dublin. The aim of the masterclasses was to engage with future front of house staff who will become the gatekeepers and ambassadors of Rioja.



The first masterclass was hosted by Elizabeth Fox at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology on 26th October with six Rioja wines representing the different styles and ageing periods. Thirty students participated in the session and Elizabeth shares, “The students were surprised at the diversity of Rioja wines produced; from the easy drinking, densely coloured, concentrated unoaked wines to the traditional Tempranillo aged in American oak casks including the more modern blends which are released after a shorter time in barrel and bottle.”


The second masterclass took place on 28th November at the Dublin Institute of Technology where John Wilson took 35 students through seven of his top Rioja wines. Again, the wines showed the diversity in the region both in terms of styles and also price points. John Wilson expressed, “The wines were very well received, and caused a few surprises, with white Rioja, unoaked Rioja and Maturana taking their place alongside classics like Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva.”


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