A special wine for a special occasion

Posted on: 5th December, 2016

Category: The Wine Buff

Contributor: Tony Eklof

Tony Eklof, originally from New England, has settled in Clonakilty after a career as a librarian at University College Dublin. His knowledge and passion for wine has been inspired by frequent visits to the wine growing regions of the continent, particularly Italy and France.

When my brother-in-law was visiting in November a few years ago we were shopping in Bunratty when the lady serving us said to him ‘Happy Christmas’ to which he replied ‘have I missed Thanksgiving?’

Thanksgiving arrives just one month before Christmas. I have often been asked what exactly Thanksgiving means to Americans, and being a New Englander and growing up just down the road from where the Pilgrims first arrived from England, (America’s first immigrants?) I feel well positioned to answer the question. As I write this, tomorrow is the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving Day.

The first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1621 to celebrate a good harvest. The celebrants had arrived the previous year to escape religious persecution in England. They first dropped anchor at the tip of Cape Cod where I grew up, but then moved further up the coast to Plymouth where you can view the famous rock where they first set foot before building their settlement and where you also can board a wonderful replica of the Mayflower, the ship they arrived on after a difficult journey across the Atlantic. The celebration was shared by the settlers and the local Wampanoag natives and included turkey, seafood, pumpkin, squash and berries. Today’s feast typically but not exclusively features turkey, squash, cornbread, cranberries grown on the bogs of Cape Cod, and of course pumpkin pie.

In the past Thanksgiving was observed on different days in the various states. It was President Abraham Lincoln who in 1863 decreed that all states celebrate on the same day. Today Thanksgiving is all about getting together with the extended family for a generous meal to give thanks for all that is good in life. Presents are not exchanged, which adds to the more relaxed atmosphere of Thanksgiving compared to Christmas.

When I was small boy in a large family, we were allowed a small glass of red wine with our special dinner. Perhaps the beginnings of my affinity for fine wine? As for food matching, since the traditional meal is similar to the typical Christmas dinner the following wines would enhance both meals. Do keep in mind that the only real rule is that you pick a special wine for the occasion, be it Thanksgiving or Christmas, and enjoy!

Recommendations:

Meadowhawk California Zinfandel, Lodi. Aldi, €12. Classy wine and a real bargain.

Cupcake California Chardonnay. €15, M&S. Delicious peachy white, great with the special dinner.

Jean Bouchard Montagny Premier Cru, Aldi, €17. Classic white Burgundy for the traditionalists!

Chateau Deyrem Valentin Margaux, 2011, Lidl, €23. For those who believe it just has to be a fine claret.

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13th April, 2018  ·  

An evening on the 'Balance of Feeling Good' by Clonakilty Gaa Club Health and Wellbeing Committee followed by Guest Speaker, Cork GAA Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy.

Paddy Duggan, former Principal of Clonakilty Community College, will be MC on the night, facilitating a discussion on getting the balance of feeling good.
Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
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12th April, 2018  ·  

The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

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