Mindfulness and wine

Posted on: 5th September, 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.

Mindfulness, focusing on one’s awareness of the present moment, calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings thoughts and sensations –perhaps with a glass of fine wine on hand? I was reflecting recently on some of those perfect moments when everything comes together, the situation, the company, a memorable wine, ideally all three.

When our sons were small boys we took the ferry to Roscoff and made our way by public transport across the coast of the wonderfully named Cotes de Granit Rose and spent our last night in the seaside town of Sables d’Or. After a trip to the local charcuterie where we picked up the ubiquitous baguette and pate and cheese and of course a bottle of French country red, we made our way to a picnic bench and ate while watching the sun slowly set over the Cote d’Emeraude drinking the wine from plastic cups (like Miles at the end of the great wine film Sideways). One of those never-to-be-forgotten moments.

On one of our Italian trips we took an apartment in the characterful Tuscan hilltop town of San Gimignano, famous for the many high towers, which were built to show off the wealth of local mercantile families. We decided to visit nearby Siena but unfortunately the skies opened, as they can do on the continent, and we saw little of Tuscany’s second most famous city. Feeling deflated we went back to San Gimignano where the sun miraculously reappeared and found a lovely ‘enoteca’ where we followed the owner’s advice and drank the most wonderful chianti from proper glasses as we gazed down on the typical Tuscan landscape below, cypress trees and all.

A number of years ago we met up with my sister from Connecticut and her husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary. We agreed upon Paris as Bill had never been and who needs any excuse to visit the city, which recently the ‘What’s Hot’ column in the Irish Times puzzlingly labelled ‘over­rated’. On the short walk from the Hotel des Carmes to the restaurant of choice we passed by Notre Dame and the evening bells started to ring. In La Rotisserie du Beaujolais they gave us a snug overlooking the cathedral and the Seine and we dined well and drank wonderful Morgon, one of the best crus of the Beaujolais region. More recently we reunited and celebrated again this time closer to home, in Deasy’s of Clonakilty, where we drank a great Californian Zinfandel called Gladiator, which was so delicious that when our visitors got back home to New England they immediately sourced it for their Thanksgiving dinner.

Here’s wishing all our readers many such enjoyable mindful wine moments in the future.


Brolio, Chianti Classico. Sensational flagship wine for one of the oldest. Chianti producers, Baron Ricasoli. O’Donovans, Bandon, €24.

Baden Pinot Noir. A rare chance to taste excellent light German red, Aldi, Bandon, €9.99.


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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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