Greenacres supplied wine for state dinner
'STOCKISTS of wine fit for a Queen' is set to become the new slogan of Greenacres in Selskar after the Wexford outlet supplied one of the wines served at the state dinner for Queen Elizabeth in Dublin Castle.
Greenacres, run by James O'Connor, was the only wine shop in the country which had stocks of Chateau de Fieuzal, 2005, Graves Pessac-Leognan', the white wine chosen for the four-course meal enjoyed by the Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.
Organisers of the royal function tasted several wines and decided on the Fieuzal and a Chateau LynchBages 1998, but when it came to sourcing the Fieuzal 2005 vintage, they ran into difficulty.
'A wine company in Dublin was asked to get the wine and we were the only place in the country that had the specific year requested,' said Greenacres manager Donal Morris.
It is understood that the Chateau de Fieuzal winery is owned by Lochlann Quinn, brother of the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn.
The Chateau de Fieuzal retails at approximately €60 a bottle, while the Chateau Lynch-Bages red wine is more costly at about €120 a bottle.
Greenacres supplied 60 bottles for the State dinner, which was attended by about 160 VIP guests – if you work that out, it's a modest allowance of a bottle for every three diners.
It goes without saying that Greenacres was very pleased to have had an input into the royal feast.
'We were absolutely thrilled to have provided the wine, albeit indirectly,' said Donal.
He said the Wexford wine shop and gallery still has some bottles of Chateau de Fieuzal left – 'if anyone wants to drink wine that's good enough for the Queen'.