My “Wine of the Week” post usually comes along on Wine Wednesday, but due to Whole Grain Sampling Day, it’s a little late. Better late then never, eh? I think a wine recommendation is a good thing any day of the week, especially on Friday!
On our visit to Ireland, I got to spend our last afternoon in Galway relaxing with family at one of my favorite spots. Sheridan’s Wine Bar. It’s bright, airy, full of good wine and food, and it overlooks my old apartment and the Galway Saturday market.
They had many wines open the day we visited, and they were eager to let us try them all. When we happened upon this Castello di Verduno Basadone, I halted the rest of my tasting and went straight in for a glass of this beautiful wine.
This wine is a stunning, light ruby red with summery, fresh, fruity notes, lots of brightness and acidity, and a finish that evokes spice and dried fruit. We kept saying beautiful with each sip and swirling our glasses to admire the color in the sunlit room.
Wine tasting made us hungry, and a cheese board was just the thing to curb our appetites until dinner. Sheridan’s Cheesemonger is downstairs, and it is fabulous.
My favorite cheese was the most local one, a Galway cheese studded with fenugreek. Afternoons spent lingering over wine and cheese while watching the action in the market are one of the best ways to spend the last day of a vacation.
A place like Sheridan’s is perfect for discovering new favorite wines. They are so passionate about what they do, and they are excellent at taking what you normally drink and offering something similar to taste.
We finished off this wine tasting afternoon with a walk along the river to the Galway Cathedral, tea and music in the Meyrick, a big dinner, and songs at the Crane Bar. I have so many more Galway adventures left to share!