Join Balfes for a Sherry Tasting Led by Former Dead Rabbit Expert Alan McGillivray


Red or white? Typically where we start off, right? Whether picking up the menu in a fine dining restaurant or scanning the shelves at our local wine store, we often tend to overlook the true scope and versatility that this category can bring the table. Literally.

Led by sherry fanatic Alan McGillivray, former bartender of New York City’s Dead Rabbit, each guest will be treated to a tasting of 6 outstanding Sherries from the world renowned bodega, Fernando de Castilla as well as indulged in a pairing of light aperitif snacks.

The entire world of wine or more accurately, unadulterated wine. We tend to consider is actually but a sub category of “Wine”. For as long as we have had the knowledge to distill spirits, we have been fortifying our wines to endure long journeys across the world to quench sky high demands for this fermented grape juice. However with the addition of spirit we began to see a major change in the development and life cycle of these wines. Thus began the life of “Fortified Wine”.

Most Mediterranean countries have developed their own style of fortified wine. From the sun scorched Madeira to the cognac based French mistelle wine Pineau des Charentes. Fortified wines offer the greatest breadth in range of flavour and profile with the greater category on “Wine”.

None however presents a wider spectrum than that of the geographically indicative wine from Jerez, Spain. Sherry. From the dry, coastal salinity of the finest Manzanilla to the rich, decadent intensity of Pedro Ximenez. Balfes will be presenting a unique taste experience through the full category of Spain’s finest wines.

This Experience will take place on Wednesday, 17th October at 6pm, and tickets cost €30 per person.

Terms & Conditions

– This is a once off ticketed event
– Voucher must be mentioned at time of booking and voucher number given, and it must be presented on arrival
– Ticket can only be used on certain dates
– You must be over 18 years of age to attend this event
– This ticket cannot be combined with any other promotion
– As this is a live event, no refunds will be given following the event
– Multiple tickets may be purchased
– Any overspend must be paid directly to the business


Oct 17 - 6:00pm

Grafton Quarter

2 Balfe Street,
Dublin 2

(01) 646 3315

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