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In the past few months, I’ve really become interested in learning more about wine. Of course, I’m a wine lover, but only lately am I understanding and appreciating both red & white wine. Therefore I was delighted when earlier this month (June 7), I was invited to join a select few for an exclusive preview of the Campo Viejo Tapas Trail, a collaboration of wine and food in association with Deliveroo. The wine hails from Rioja, one of the supreme winemaking regions of Spain, where Campo Viejo create barrels and bottles of fruity, smooth wine. Using the most advanced techniques available, this allows for modern twists on traditional methods to help deliver progressive styles of Rioja wines to satisfy all palates. The venue was an architect’s private apartment on Camden Street, where the outdoor terrace garden was as impressive as the whole architecture & interior design – and I was just in awe.
Following the reception and introductory talks by winemaker Clara Canals, the afternoon was quite an exciting one as the winemakers of Campo Viejo treated us to a special wine tasting, titled the ‘Campo Viejo Colour Lab’. In the kitchen of this stunning apartment, atop a white marble top island were black glasses, each filled with one of the three wines by Campo Viejo Rioja; Reserva, Tempranillo & Viura-Tempranillo Blanco. What made this experience so unique was that we were to taste each wine in the different lights (white, red, green & blue), to see how our perception of light can influence the taste of the red & white wines, from changing intensity to being more fruity or fresher. Sommelier Federico Lleonart also encouraged us to fill in the scorecards to mark in how each light did alter our taste of each wine; and I found that the red light definitely made the most notable difference. The Reserva and Tempranillo wines seemingly became more fruity and slightly more intense, whereas the Viura-Tempranillo Blanco was fresher in the green light. It was definitely a fun experience, and helped pick up more notes within the wines. The wines themselves were delicious; strong and full of flavour, with notes of grapes and berries, very smooth and not dry – and too easy to drink! As a white wine lover, I was surprised that actually I preferred the Tempranillo red wine more!
The Campo Viejo Tapas TrAil allows guests to immerse themselves in the expressive culture of Rioja through a food and wine experience brought to life through the bold and balanced Campo Viejo range of wines, specially created restaurant menus.
We were also treated to tasty tapas courtesy of Drury Buildings, delivered by the speedy Deliveroo, and dined in another gorgeous room of the aforementioned apartment. Our meal consisted of breads, cold meats & cheese to start, followed by the tapas; chicken wings, ham hock & cheese croquette and meatballs in sauce. The food was truly delicious and flavoursome, and alongside the wine, it felt very much as though we were dining in Spain.
Discover the true passion, generosity and vibrancy of Spain while strolling from eatery to eatery, sharing a selection of authentic Spanish tapas and enjoying a glass of Campo Viejo in each restaurant.
For the public, the Campo Viejo Tapas Trail package consists of a selection of tapas in 4 different restaurants alongside 5 wines by the Spanish wine giants. The restaurants you would visit are Drury Buildings, Fallon & Byrne, Eden Bar & Grill and The Market Bar. This is ideal for yourself and a group of friends, a business evening or with the family. (Please note: tickets for over 18s only)
Click to buy your Campo Viejo Tapas Trail tickets for the Dublin events: every Wednesday & Sunday throughout June and July 2017
And, for the first time, you can now opt for home delivery, thanks to the new partnership with Deliveroo, for this unique experience, to share with family & friends – the way tapas is meant to be! Serving up authentically Spanish food and wine, the Campo Viejo Tapas Trails have partnered with a select number of restaurants in counties Dublin, Cork and Galway, this package is not to be missed! The home delivery package consists of packages tapas that range from €24 to €48, and all include a bottle of Campo Viejo with free delivery! The restaurants to avail of the Tapas & Wine include Drury Buildings and Havana Tapas Bar in Dublin, Eco Restaurant in Cork, and Lime Restaurant in Galway.
Click to order your Tapas & Wine Package via Deliveroo; Drury Buildings and Havana Tapas Bar in Dublin, Eco Restaurant in Cork, and Lime Restaurant in Galway
A BIG THANK YOU TO Laura Connell & Edelman PR Team FOR THE INVITE AND COORDINATION, AND TO Clara Canals of Campo Viejo and Federico Lleonart FOR THEIR generosity and expertise, To Drury Buildings for their tasty tapas AND TO Deliveroo!
Images © Nirina Plunkett, Kieran Harnett, Edelman Ireland
*I did attend as a non-paying guest for this experience, but that does not influence the authenticity of this review.