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Christmas Gifts for Wine and Spirit Lovers!

There’s no two ways about it – Christmas can be incredibly hectic. There are sled-loads of gifts to be bought, relatives to organise, countless meals to be planned and that’s just the start. So here at J&C Kenny we want to help lighten the load just a little by providing you with some fantastic boozy gifts, guaranteed to bring a smile this Christmas!

Our Christmas gift selections are ideal as corporate presents, to say a heartfelt thank you, or for the special person in your life. Hey, even as a treat for yourself! Our incredible gifts will bring some festive cheer this Christmas season and help start the New Year with a pop!

So, let’s dive right in!

 

Wine

 

We have a wealth of wine gift options available so you’re sure to find something to suit any taste. First up, our Cardboard Twin and Three Bottle packs.

 

Stylishly presented with the bottle labels visible, these wine packs are a fantastic budget friendly gift. Each box is themed to a particular country or wine region, containing both a red and a white from some of the world’s finest vineyards. You can choose from France, South Africa, Chile or Italy, featuring such delicious wines as Paraiso and the Lyngrove Collection.

 

If you want to buy more than a couple of bottles then our Wooden Box gifts are for you! These range from Twin Packs all the way up to 12 Bottle packs, covering a huge variety of New and Old World wines.

 

Like the Cardboard range, each Wooden Box is themed to a country or wine region with your wine elegantly displayed in an incredible sliding top wooden crate. You’ll find collections from Bordeaux and Australia, to name but a couple, in the smaller packs. In the Four Bottle selection, why not gift our ‘Rocking Rioja’ selection, featuring the exquisite Finca Amalia and Glorioso varieties.

 


 

Want to make a real impression? The Six Bottle ‘New World’ or ‘Old Word’ boxes will do just the trick, as will the 12 Bottle Wooden Box! The ‘French Fancy’ contains 12 of some of France’s best wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Alsace and the Rhone and Loire Valleys.

 

Another fantastic wine option is our range of Magnum bottles! A Magnum bottle is a staggering 1.5L of wine – we know, all bottles should be that size right?! We have three bottles in our a range with two coming from Bordeaux; the Château Caillou les Martins 2010 and Château Le Tonnell Cru Bourgeois 2010. The third is Ayni by Chakana, which just so happened to be voted ‘Best Red for Christmas’ by Food & Wine Magazine!

 

 

Spirits & Bubbles
 

Are your gift recipients this year a little more into their whiskeys or champagnes? Well we have you covered there as well with an extravagant range of bottles and gift packs!

 

The majority of our spirits come in packs including some charming drinking glasses, such as the Glenmorangie ‘Craftsman Cup’ 2 Glass Pack or the exquisite Hennessy XO & Ice 2 Glass Exclusive Collection. There’s also some old favourites in there – the Jameson and Bushmills 10 Year Old gift packs in particular proving popular year in, year out!

 

There are also many delights to be found in our Premium Spirits. From the impeccable Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin to the incomparable Red Breast 12 Year Old whiskey, they are all sure to be popular on Christmas morning!

 

Fancy a bit of fizz over the festive period? Then why not treat that loved one to the Champagne Boizel Brut Reserve N.V, which comes in a gorgeous gift box with 2 Opale crystal flutes. Or how about the Italian Sensi 18k Prosecco, where you have a choice of Gold or Rosé, guaranteed to add a touch of class to any of your festive tipples.

 

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Check out this link, http://bit.ly/JCKxmas, for our complete Christmas brochure where you’ll find even more gift ideas!

 

For further information, please do get in touch with our friendly team on 091 794308, through info@jckenny.ie, or through our social channels.

 

Merry Christmas!

 

6 Merlots You Need to Try for International #MerlotDay!

It’s international #MerlotDay! That’s right, wine is such an incredible beverage that we have international celebrations even for it’s many different varieties. Along with cabernet sauvignon, merlot is one of the world’s most popular grape varieties, particularly in the Bordeaux region. It’s dark grapes provide a deliciously dark wine with an incredibly diverse array of food pairings, from red meats to fish dishes.

We thought we’d take this opportunity to go over the tasting notes from some of the favourite and most popular merlots in our range!
 

Paraiso
From the Central Valley in Chile, the Paraiso is an intense red conjuring up deep red berries and spicy aromas. It is a smooth-bodied wine for a pleasant finish.

 


Sensi Collezione

 

The famous Sensi of Tuscany put their own spin on the variety with this fine example of a stylish Italian merlot. A full bodied wine with excellent weight of warm black cherry and plum fruits, well rounded tannins with light oak ageing.
San Esteban

 

Another delight from Chile, this time from the world renowned Aconcagua Valley, is the San Esteban. The wine is medium bodied with bright with deep red highlights. On the nose you’ll discover plum and berry aromas with spicy notes on the finish.
Tres Palacios

 

The Maipo Valley is a wine region close to Chile’s capital of Santiago and is home to the Tres Palacios winery. Their merlot has a full and chunky mouth, with good fruit expression and weight. It is soft and velvety; all combining for a truly unique elegance.
Valdivieso

 

The Valdivieso Single Valley Lot merlot hails from the Curicó Valley, part of the aforementioned Central Valley. It is dark red with violet tones and intense dark fruits, ripe cherries, plums and spicy notes from ageing in oak barrels. The palate is elegant and smooth.
Les Cabanelles

 

Something from a little closer to home is the Les Cabanelles merlot from the Languedoc region in France. It has soft, fruity aromas of cherry, blackcurrant and strawberry fruit. Intense flavours on the palate with good balance and ripe, supple tannins.
What merlots will you be trying tonight to celebrate World #MerlotDay? We’d love to hear so be sure to let us know through our social channels!

If you’d like to find out more about our vast range merlots and other wine varieties, or some tips on how to pick the perfect wines, then please do get in touch through info@jckenny.ie or on 091 794308.

Try some Irish Craft Beers for Oktoberfest

While we’d happily talk wine all year round, and we often do, we now find ourselves in October and that means one thing: Oktoberfest! Yes, the nights are closing in that little bit sooner and the autumnal leaves have arrived but it’s not all bad when you get to enjoy a good pint, or a stein if you’re going all out!

 

So what better month to try out a few new brews? We have you covered with our little guide to craft beer. Now wait, craft beer isn’t just for fellas with plaid shirts and abnormally long beards! It’s a booming industry and there really is something for everyone’s tastebuds. Not only that, but some of the best are close to home, brewing away in our own lovely Galway.

 

So what is craft beer? And what makes it different to…normal beer? Well, craft beer is beer brewed by independently owned and operated microbreweries. They are generally small operations and specialise in creating new recipes and brews, offering some fascinating alternatives to the global brands you might be more used to. They also specialise in wacky names but that’s besides the point!

 


 

There are now so many microbreweries in Ireland that the ICBI, or Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland to you and me, have recently created a symbol for microbreweries to use to let you know you’re drinking a true craft beer. This symbol will certify that the beer was brewed and bottled in Ireland by an independently-owned brewery. In the words of ICBI spokeswoman Carley Donegan, the symbol lets the “beer drinker know that he or she is helping the guy down the road and not some multinational”. Well there you go, you can enjoy a new beer and help out the Irish economy!

 

So what are a couple of our homegrown favs?

 

Galway Bay

 

Easily one of Ireland’s more well-known beer crafters, Galway Bay Brewery have their own constantly-busy bars in Galway and Dublin. From IPAs to a Milk Chocolate Stout, they have you covered with their diverse range.

 

Which to try first? The Stormy Port!

 

“This rich and complex beer boasts its roasted coffee notes and hides certain sweetness and chocolate flavours in the background. The Stormy Port is most at home with rich stews, roast meat dishes and can find its place alongside dessert dishes.”

 

O’Hara’s

 

Brewing out of Carlow since the 1990’s, O’Hara’s are another familiar sight to fans of the Irish craft beer scene and they too have an impressive variety to cater to all tastes.

 

Which to try first? The Irish Red!

“This Red stands out in this beer style category. The malt body is as impressive as a bock, albeit in a uniquely Irish way. With an incredibly smooth malt body complimented by caramel tones and perfectly balanced in bitterness, this Irish Red is much more complex than its mainstream rivals.”

 

Want to know more about craft beer? Don’t hesitate to get in touch! You can reach us on our social channels or through info@jckenny.ie.

Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

It’s Wine Award season which means we get to talk about wine even more than we usually do (which is a lot) and the biggest and best have recently been announced – the Decanter World Wine awards! Think of them like the Oscars but with less actors but probably just as many beverages.

 

Decanter magazine itself is sold worldwide so it’s only fitting that they’re annual awards accept over 15,000 entries from all over; from Bordeaux to the Barossa Valley and everywhere in between. Founded in 2004, the DWWA is the largest wine competition in the world, judged by an array of expert wine lovers, makers and tasters.

 

Here at J&C Kenny we of course take a vested interest to see if any of our favourite wines make the cut and we’re delighted to say that a lot of them did, with three Gold winners in our catalogue!

 

 

Here’s a complete rundown of all the winners and commendations, organised by country, that we stock.

 

Argentina

 

Gold: Chakana ‘Nuna Estate’ Malbec

Bronze: Ayni by Chakana

Bronze: Chakana Estate Selection Chardonnay

 

Australia

 

Bronze: Shotfire Shiraz

Commended: Mount Crawford Rielsing

Commended: Terra Barossa Shiraz

 

Spain

 

Bronze: Glorioso Crianza

Bronze: Glorioso Reserva

 

Portugal

 

Gold: Calem Ruby Port

Commended: Calem Vintage 1985

 

Chile

 

Bronze: Caballo Loco No 16

Commended: Tres Palacios Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Italy

 

Silver: Sensi Ninfanto Sulphite Free Chianti

Bronze: Sensi Vegante Vegan Chianti

Bronze: Sensi Boscoselvo Brunello

Commended: Sensi Organic Chianti Campoluce

Commended: Sensi Chianti Dal Campo

Commended: Anna Spinato Prosecco

 

France

 

Alsace

Silver: Joseph Cattin Pinot Gris

 

Bordeaux

Commended: Nos Racines Cote du Brodeaux

Bronze: Nos Racines Cote du Bordeaux Blanc

 

Loire

Gold: J De Villebois Sancerre

Silver: J De Villebois Pouilly Fumée

 

Rhone

Bronze: Crozes Hermitage Grand Classique

Bronze: Hermitage Grand Classique

 

Champagne

Commended: Champagne Boizel Brut Rosé

Commended: Champagne Boizel Joyau de France

Bronze: Champagne Boizel Brut

 

Find Out More

Interested in finding out more about these wines? Or are interested in stocking these wines in your premises? Then drop us a line! We love to chat so get in contact through our social channels, info@jckenny.ie and on 091 794 308.

Bubbles Proscecco Galway Races Ladies Day

Win 2 bottles of Sensi’s 18K Range of Prosecco!

As you’ll no doubt have noticed our special city of Galway is currently abuzz with the start of the Galway Races. With people travelling from far and wide to attend, there’s even more reason to celebrate this year as Galway was recently named the European City of Culture for 2020!

A big day at the races this Thursday is Ladies Day, and here at J&C Kenny we’ve decided to mark the occasion by putting two gorgeous bottles of Sensi 18k Prosecco up for grabs!

 

Firstly we have the Prosecco 18K Gold which wins you over with its perfectly balanced body that combines a delicate acidity with a lively creamy foam which satisfies and involves your palate.

 

And of course the Pinot Noir Rosé 18K which is distinguished by its bright and vibrant pink colour and by the elegant notes of flowers and berries. Through its fresh and delicate taste, Pinot Noir Rosé 18K captivates you with its irresistible pink bubbles.

 

The perfect tipple then for a ladies day out (or in)!

 

You can enter this absolutely fabulous competition below by sharing to Facebook and Twitter.

 

Win 2 Bottles of Sensi 18K Range of Prosecco!

 

Best of luck, we’ll be announcing the winner on Friday lunch time.
And most importantly, enjoy the races!

Summer Wine Event with Fernando at 56 Central

If you’re reading this, it may be safe to assume you’re a big fan of wine just like us. But have you ever wondered if you’re enjoying that evening tipple as much as you could be? Have you heard someone remarking on that ‘light, citrus tone’ or wondered what a ‘good balance on the palate’ might actually mean? The world of wine tasting is huge with ever-evolving terminology so it can be hard to keep up and keep track. Fortunately some very good friends of ours have you covered!

 

56 Central is a delightful wine bar in Galway City supplied by J&C Kenny. On Thursday 14th July they will be hosting a Summer Wine Event with experts in attendance to help you get to know and appreciate your wines in a whole new way.

 

Travelling all the way from Spain to showcase his wines and share his remarkable knowledge will be Fernando Mora, owner of Botijo Rojo wines. Fernando will have his wines for you to try as well as discussing the many layers of professional wine tasting.

 

 

Also in attendance will be Cathal McBride, a Galway local and writer of the very popular Glass of Red Wine blog. Cathal will be there to provide some simple ways to help you discover the perfect wine for you.

 

And that’s not all! 56 Central’s very own Chef Ken will be in the kitchen cooking up some incredible culinary delights to accompany the wine choices on the evening.

 

As owner Gill Carroll says, “This night will be both relaxed and informal. You can learn how to enjoy your glass of wine and learn how to talk like a pro!”.

 

Sounds like a great evening to us! Places are limited so we suggest booking your ticket as soon as you can to ensure a spot.

 

You can book tickets through email at 56centralbookings@gmail.com 56centralbookings@gmail.com or on the phone at 091 569 511.

Tickets are €30 per person and include wine and food, with the festivities kicking off at 7pm.

 

Want to find out more about the experts?

You can check out Fernando Mora’s website at http://www.thegaragewine.com/ and follow him on Twitter here.

Cathal McBride’s great blog is certainly worth a read, http://www.aglassofredwine.com/ and he’s also on Twitter here.

 

Wedding Wine Stories: Lisa Cannon

Here at J&C Kenny we’ve been helping couples plan their special day for over 30 years, so we know how important it is for everything to be just right. We’re here to get you on track with at least one of your seemingly daunting tasks; your wedding wine! As wedding wine experts we can cater to all tastes and price levels, thanks to our vast selection of New and Old World wines.

 

Last summer we were honoured to be contacted by Lisa Cannon of the TV3 show Xposé to help organise and supply her wedding wine. She was kind enough to provide us with a testimonial of our services, which you can read below!

 

“For my wedding in Florence in September I knew there was no better wine supplier than J&C Kenny in Galway. I have always been a supporter of Irish businesses and was thrilled to have the privilege and pleasure to work with the family run company.

 

Aoife, who has worked in the distillery business for many years, helped me choose the wines and prosecco for my big day and for our party guests the following day. The service was beyond brilliant and even though the wedding was in Italy the wines and prosecco arrived in impeccable time.

As a fan of wines and wine tasting I was thrilled with Aoife’s choice and our wedding guests adored that the wines were supplied by an Irish company. On my wedding day I opened a very special pink bottle of Sensi Pinot Noir Rosé with my three bridesmaids and toasted to my life with my husband. So I suppose you could say that J&C Kenny helped me on my merry way!”

 

 

 

We were so glad to hear that Lisa had such a fabulous time, the pictures speak a thousand words too!

 

If you’re interested in choosing some wedding wine, we have you covered with a free consultation in our incredible on-site tasting room. Upon arriving, you will be greeted by our expert staff who will provide you with all the advice you need to find the wines that suit your tastes, as well as some of the best pairings for your food menu.

For some more information, please do get in touch with our wedding wine specialist Aoife on 091 794308; by email at info@jckenny.ie and through our social channels.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas Whiskey

Whiskey: The Best Spirit to Give Your Dad This Father’s Day

As any good Dad would say, it should be Father’s Day everyday! But unfortunately for them it only comes around officially but once a year, and that special Sunday is right around the corner. Stuck for ideas on what to get? We reckon a good bottle of whiskey is a safe bet.
Irish Whiskey is back on the map with more choice for the connoisseurs than ever. So why not this Father’s Day buy the best Dad in the world a bottle of one of the amazing Irish Whiskies we offer.
Considering the year that’s in it as we acknowledge our past and celebrate our unique nation and patriotism, we’ve looked at the true expression of Irish whiskey: the Pot Still. This is unique to our fair isle and is made with a mash of malted and unmalted barley which gives a creamy mouthfeel. It is triple distilled and is considered the quintessential Irish Whiskey.
Red Breast 12yr

 

This is for the Dad that loves his whiskey creamy and full bodied. It’s a single pot still and he will understand when he tastes it why it is the No. 1 selling pot still whiskey in the world. A high proportion of the whiskey is matured in sherry casks which delivers significant notes of dried fruits of raisins, sultanas and figs. It is a full flavoured whiskey and features a harmonious balance of spice, cream and fruits all in the same drop. You might call it the Christmas cake of Irish Whiskey… YUM!
Greenspot Irish Whiskey

 

Another classic and sure to please is the Greenspot. It doesn’t have an age statement, but has whiskies in it between 7 and 10 years. It has a full spicy body with the sweetness of apples popping through to give a thoroughly enjoyable whiskey. This delicious pot still will be a welcome gift for even those fussy Dads out there!
Midleton Dair Gaelach

 

This whiskey couldn’t represent our emerald isle any better. Another single pot still which has been matured in Irish oak barrels, made from virgin oak grown in the Ballaghtobin Estate in Co. Kilkenny. These Irish oak casks were then filled with a range of 15-22yr single pot still distillates and tasted every month until they were perfect!

This robust yet mellow whiskey has hints of cloves and cinnamon and gives away to a dairy fudge and milk chocolate sweetness combining with a touch of stewed apple. And if the sound of the taste doesn’t captivate him, the fact that each bottle is numbered after the tree from which the virgin oak cask was made just might!

If you gift your Dad one of these special whiskies, or even find another classic we haven’t mentioned here, get in touch through our social channels and let us know how it went down!

Whiskey Treasures

We have a rare and wonderful treat for you guys this week; a sneak peek into our boss’s private collection of whiskey treasures! Our managing director Jackie is a long time collector of these scarce whiskeys and thankfully he’s allowed us to have a look at them today, featuring some truly iconic Irish blends.
 

Knappogue Castle

 

If there were a dictionary entry for ‘golden oldie’, you’d definitely see a picture of the Knappogue Castle whiskey next to it. The Knappogue is a very special reserve of pure pot still whiskey and was produced for the Hon. Mark Edwin Andrews who owned the actual Knappogue Castle in County Clare.

Easily entering the competition for one of the oldest Irish whiskeys around at the moment, it’s aged 36 years and comes with an age statement to prove it. Each bottle is numbered and also features the cask number; Jackie’s was bottled in 1987.
 


Red Breast – Gilbeys Labels

 

A truly popular whiskey today is the Red Breast and Jackie has a couple of fine samples from way back in the day. We think the first of the bottles dates from the 1960’s and was bottled and bonded by Gilbeys in Dublin while the second was produced in the 1970’s.

Thanks to the love and care any whiskey collector would show, both are in mint condition with the seals fully intact and the original Gilbeys emboss still on the bottle. As you’d expect, tasting wise these would perhaps be a little rougher compared to the modern day Red Breast. They are a truly unique addition to the collection.
 

Midleton Irish Whiskey

 

Every collection needs a centrepiece and the Midleton series is certainly Jackie’s! Displayed proudly in our on-site tasting room is a Midleton Irish Whiskey from each year or production, stretching from 1984 right through to 2015. A true collector’s dream, there are only a handful of these in the world; an incredibly rare and prized possession!

There you have it, a small glimpse into this incredible collection! Are there any budding collectors out there? Lucky enough to have sampled some of these delights? If so, we’d love to hear about them! You can get in touch through info@jckenny.ie and through our social channels. Chin chin!

 

 

Introducing our new Australian Wine Range

Here at J&C Kenny we were super excited last week to receive some new Australian wines from the Thorn-Clarke Barossa Winemakers into the warehouse. Our Aussie friends are huge wine producers and thankfully they see fit to share some of it with us! Wine is produced nationwide but most of the vineyards are based in the south to take advantage of the slightly cooler climate, though we suspect their idea of a ‘cooler climate’ might differ to us Irish!

 

You’ll be able to find these new wines in restaurants and hotels around Galway and we highly recommend you give them a taste. Here’s some more details on a few of our favourites.

 

 

Thorn-Clarke Shotfire

 

An exquisite shiraz from the Barossa Valley.

 

“Deep red with purple hues. This wine has a lifted nose of clean blackberry fruit and dried plums, accompanied by dark chocolate. The palate displays sweet fruit characters, dominated by ripe plums and dark chocolate. Full bodied with obvious fine tannin structure and oak maturation, adding texture and complexity to the wine. Long, persistent finish.”

 

Milton Park

 

Grown in the Eden Valley are these delightful varieties.

 

The shiraz has a nose “of lifted berry fruits with hints of dark chocolate and spice. The palate is medium bodied with intense plummy fruit. Soft and approachable tannins. Great length with plum, liquorice fruit and spicy oak.”

 

The chardonnay “has a pale yellow colour. Dominant peach aromas with a hint of pineapple on the nose. The palate has intense peach and pineapple characters. The mid palate is soft and creamy.”

 

 

 

Terra Barossa
 

Also hailing from (you guessed it!) the Barossa Valley and the experts at Thorn-Clarke is this delicious pair.

 

Their shiraz features a “deep red with a purple hue. Creamy plum aromas with blackberry and spice. A medium to full bodied wine with silky tannins. A hint of spice on the finish.”

 

The cabernet sauvignon has “lifted berry and herbal characters on the nose. Dark berry fruit and dried herbs on the palate. French oak spice adds to the complexity of the wine. Long, elegant tannins, clean finish with lingering finish.”

 

Mount Crawford
 

Like the Milton Park these grapes were grown in the Eden Valley, a great spot for grape varieties that respond well to a colder climate. Perfect then for a chardonnay and riesling!

 

The chardonnay “is a pale straw colour with a green hue. The nose displays some complexity with white peach and citrus, complemented by underlying nutty characteristics. This is a medium weight wine with peach and citrus characters, creamy mid palate, balanced nicely with a tight acid line. The wine finishes with balance and good persistence.”

 

The riesling has a “pale straw colour with green hues. Aromas of fresh, lifted lemon. Bright, ripe lemon fruit characters dominate the palate and crisp mineral acidity forms the backbone to the wine. The palate has rich citrus flavours, balanced by natural acidity and intense flavours. The wine has a refreshingly clean finish, with long acid persistence.”

 

Cool Woods
 

Finally we have the Cool Woods, also from the Barossa Valley. What a fruitful region! You’ll be able to find this in your local off licenses.

 

Their chardonnay is a “pale yellow colour. Dominant peach aromas with hints of pineapple on the nose. Intense peach and pineapple characters on the palate. Soft and creamy.”

 

The shiraz features a “lifted berry nose, with hints of dark chocolate and spice. Medium bodied with intense plummy fruit. Soft and approachable tannins. Long length with plummy and liquorice fruit and spicy oak.”

As you may have guessed we love to chat about wine! So if you’ve tried any of these gorgeous Aussie wines or would like to know more then please do get in touch through our social channels, by emailing info@jckenny.ie or on the phone at 091 794308!

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