We went to Dublin’s fair city, music place. At lunch time we took a break from the whistles, accordeons and fiddles, and found ourselves at a table just off St. Stephen’s Green. And that is also the colour of Ely Winebar. They serve delicious food from their own organic family farm, and the wine list counts some 500 wines, many of them organic and biodynamic, and an impressive 100 wines by the glass. Among the wines we tried were Innocent Bystander 2012 Chardonnay, a fairly full wine with citrus and melon tones with a slight touch of vanilla from Yarra, Australia, Louro de Bolo 2012 (R. Palacios), a godello-based, citrus and herb-scented wine from Valdeorras, Spain, Domaine Chaume-Arnaud Vinsobres 2011, full with hints of red fruits and plums from a typical Southern Rhône blend, PF (Ponce), an old vine pie franco bobal, full of herbs, dark fruits and flowers from Manchuela, Spain, and Paço dos Cunhas de Santar 2010 (Casa de Santar), which we could call a natural wine from Dão, Portugal, earthy and full-bodied, quite polished, with a touch of oak. The ones we tasted were all interesting, some really good, and all this from Ely’s by-the-glass selection.
Keep the beat! And don’t miss this bar!