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Bite-Size: what's happening in the food and drink world

There's wine, cheese, whiskey and more in this week's news roundup.

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We have news from Dublin, Cork and even New York but it's Co Wicklow that's front and centre in this week's Bite-Size news roundup.

There's a new whiskey launching from Powerscourt Distillery and there's a chance to head to Donard to enjoy fine dining (and wines) in a beautiful outdoor location.

Elsewhere, one celebrity wine range has picked up some top awards - and if you're a Dublin-based toastie lover, well, we have some very good news!

Top toastie
This is a dream come true for any toastie fan: Dublin’s Meltdown is offering the chance to eat for free for a month! Members of the public are being asked to come up with their own Meltdown Masterpiece and a winner will be selected each month. That lucky soul will get to will eat for free at Meltdown for a month and they’ll also receive a goodie bag of merchandise. Thomas MacGiol was the first winner and The Hawaiian Spicer, his cheesy creation, is available to purchase for the rest of the month. If you fancy your chances, see Meltdown on Instagram at @meltdowndublin for how to take part. meltdown.ie

A glass act
Powerscourt Distillery has launched the first release in its Estate Series. The Fercullen Mill House Limited Edition Single Grain Amarone Finish takes its name from the distillery’s home, a centuries-old mill house built from Wicklow granite. The whiskey itself is made from single grain whiskeys produced in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by Noel Sweeney, Powerscourt master distiller and master blender. It was initially matured in first fill ex-bourbon barrels, before finishing in Italian Amarone casks for 18 months. Priced at RRP€75 it's available from selected stockists around the country and via powerscourtdistillery.com 

And just like that…
Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker maybe be best known for her acting career but her wine range has just picked up some prestigious awards of its own. Invivo X Sarah Jessica Parker won two gold medals at the New York International Wine Competition. Over 1,400 wines from 24 countries were tasted and Invivo X, Sarah Jessica Parker 2020 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc picked up gold, while Invivo X, Sarah Jessica Parker 2020 South of France Rosé also took gold and the Europe’s Rosé of the Year trophy.
The Invivo X Sarah Jessica Parker range is available from Carry Out Off licences, SuperValu.ie and WinesOfTheWorld.ie. invivoxsjp.com

Great (evening) escape
The Wicklow Escape in Donard, Co Wicklow is now offering outdoor dining to non-residents. Danni Barry heads up The Firey’s kitchen and the four-course set menu with wine pairings (€89 per person) features the likes of Ballymore organic grains flatbreads and whipped Ballyhubbock ricotta, while for the main course there is a choice of BBQ Wagyu shortrib and flat iron, grilled scallion, chimichurri sauce or a whole Lough Neagh trout, sorrel butter and grilled cucumber salsa. (And we’d probably make the trip for the Burnt Basque style cheesecake alone.) Bookings are open for Wednesdays and Fridays with 6:30pm and 7:45pm time slots available. See thewicklowescape.com for more.

Claire and Charlie Scanlan
Claire and Charlie Scanlan

Jump start
The Cork-based Jump Juice range of smoothies and cold-pressed juices has landed in Donnybrook Fair  branches in Dublin. The Malahide and Morehampton Road stores now stock Mango, Berry and  Strawberry Smoothies along with a trio of juices. There’s Green Juice (cucumber, apple, spinach, kale and wheatgrass), the Citrus Twist (strawberries, orange, lemon and pineapple) and the Fruity Juice (strawberries, apples, pears and grapes). It’s the latest step for Jump Juice Bars, which operates in 24 locations throughout Ireland, and has an online delivery service too. jumpjuicebar.com