The wine of the people

Posted on: 3rd August, 2017

Category: The Wine Buff

Contributor: West Cork People

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.

Readers will be aware that I am fond of the wines of the Piedmont in northern Italy. I wrote about Dolcetto, ‘the little sweet one’ recently, and today our attention turns to wines from the Barbera grape, which along with Sangiovese, is the most widely planted variety in all of Italy, (52,600 acres!)

Wines made from Barbera tend to be overshadowed by those from the Nebbiolo grape, which yields the more weighty and famous Barolo and Barbaresco, known as the King and Queen of Piedmontese wines. And yet there is a place for Barbera, in fact it is know as the ‘wine of the people’ because of its relative affordability and easy drinking qualities. Barbera is meant to be drunk young unlike Barolo and Barbaresco, which need to be carefully aged in order to lose their bitterness.

Traditionally Italians in the northeast of the country in the area, which historically belonged to the Savoyards, would drink Barbera to accompany the local cuisine while saving wines made from Nebbiolo for special occasions.

Oz Clark sums Barbera up as ‘an all around great food wine.’ Low in tannins and bright in acidity the wine pairs well with meats, cheese, mushrooms and is a great pizza wine!

Dark in colour, but light in texture, Barbera tastes of cherry, strawberry, violets and lavender. The best growing areas are near the famous towns of Alba and Asti with the latter possibly producing the finest silky examples.

Barbera has been around for a long time, the first mention of plantings were some 1,000 years before mention of Cabernet Sauvignon! The grape is increasingly found in other parts of Italy such as neighbouring Lombardy and

Puglia in the deep south, also grown in California, Australia and Argentina.

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11th October, 2017  ·  

Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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11th October, 2017  ·  

Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

For further information, please contact Xavier at xavierdubuisson@gmail.com or text at 086/0476124.
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