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As part of the Real Wine month being run by Le Caveau wine merchants, Paradiso is hosting a special five-course dinner on Monday 28th April. Each course will focus on pairing a star local and seasonal ingredient with a natural wine.

The menu is a very exciting work-in-progress that will be posted closer to the day, so all I’ll say for now is that we expect to be able to bring you Gortnanain asparagus and artichokes as well as a special selection of Ballyhoura mushrooms, amongst other delights.

The evening will be just one sitting with a 7pm kick-off and is priced at €60 for dinner and matching wines. Tickets are limited and can be booked only by calling the restaurant on 021 4277939.

So, what is a ‘natural’ wine anyway, I hear you ask? One simple definition, from the Le Caveau website, is that natural wines are made from organic or biodynamic grapes with minimal intervention in the winery. Perhaps that suggests a step on from the ‘organic’ and ‘biodynamic’ wines of recent decades, where the philosophy of ‘natural’ is taken further, from the vineyard into the winery, with less refining and additives.

Luckily, we will have Pascal Rossignol of Le Caveau on hand in Paradiso on Monday 28th to talk about natural wines in general and to guide us through the wines he has chosen for the evening. His company has a fabulous selection of hand-picked wines from small producers, many of them biodynamic and natural, and Pascal will be bringing along five to taste on the night.

Get to the telephone if you haven’t already…021 4277939.

Posted on: 2 April 2014

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