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These Award-Winning Venues will Host Extraordinary Ribera del Duero Wine Dinners this December
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These Award-Winning Venues will Host Extraordinary Ribera del Duero Wine Dinners this December

With their intensity, richness and renown quality, wines from the Spanish DO Ribera del Duero are perfect to pair with delectable winter warmer dishes this season.

Wine and food lovers will be able to experience the finest of union between wines from this region and dishes from two prestigious venues as Wines from Spain has teamed up with The Step House Hotel in Carlow and The Lodge at Ashford Castle in Mayo to organise two wonderful dining events this December 1st, to showcase the sensational flavours from Ribera del Duero.

Arrive to The Step House Hotel in the picturesque village of Borris in Carlow to savour a winter feast created by talented head chef Alan Foley. The menu, which emphasises local and fresh produce, includes exquisite dishes such as foie gras cream with quail cromqesquis, apple vinaigrette, spiced brioche and apple salad; wild pigeon pithivier with onion soubise and madeira jus; and red deer served with chocolate fig puree, charred onion, liquorice jus and spiced granola.

Dinner at The Step House will be hosted by wine writer Tomás Clancy. Dinner begins at 7:00 pm and tickets are €55 per person including wines.

For those wishing to stay, there is a special rate available from just €45 per person sharing including breakfast. Contact the hotel for more information.

Oenophiles can also enjoy the finest wines on this evening, along with the culinary creations of chef Jonathan Keane of Wilde’s at The Lodge at Ashford Castle (voted number 2 hotel in Ireland at the recent Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards), located in the charming village of charming Cong, in co. Mayo,

This memorable dinner starts at 7:00 pm and it will highlight the idea of place on a plate. The menu will focus on game and the menu will include fallow deer and woodland broth and roast duck with chef Keane’s inventive twist.

The evening will be hosted by The Irish Times wine expert, John Wilson. Tickets for this event are €55 per person and are available to book directly with the restaurant. If you fancy staying overnight, packages including breakfast the following morning are available from €180 per room based on two adults sharing.


Wine has been produced in the beautiful wine region of Ribera del Duero since Roman times. Just two hours north of Madrid, there are nearly 300 wineries following the banks of the Duero River in the Castilla y León region, a flowing swathe of land that’s approximately 115 kms long and 35 kms wide. From the young ‘Joven’ wines to the great ‘Gran Reservas’, these are wines of exemplary depth and balance, powerful and elegant, and great wines for food.

Wines from Spain is delighted to co-host these showcase dinners in The Step House Hotel and Wilde’s at The Lodge at Ashford Castle, and has worked carefully with the finest bodegas across the region to choose stand-out wines to complement the two dinners to perfection. Guests will have tasting notes for each wine that is poured, making the evening both informative and delicious in equal measure!


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