The Black Pig Wine Bar in Kinsale, County Cork was named Best For Wine Lovers at the 2019 FOOD AND WINE Awards, in association with Rémy Martin.
Known for its extensive wine list, The Black Pig is a cosy wine bar in picturesque Kinsale. Packed with tourists during the summer months and kept going by locals during the winter months, Kinsale is one of the towns on the Wild Atlantic Way that is really known for its food.
The Black Pig is run by husband-and-wife team Gavin and Siobhan Ryan, who came to Kinsale by way of Dublin's Ely wine bars. The focus in the wine bar is on good local produce, interesting wines and good service, which has endeared it to everyone who has come through its doors.
While Siobhan runs the front of house side of the business, Gavin is both the head chef and sommelier, organising menus for both sides of the pass. The pair have committed themselves to supplying a lot of biodynamic and organic wines, providing an education for their guests.
We spoke to Siobhan after the awards, which the pair unfortunately couldn't make, to find out how they feel their new title.
"We found out through Instagram that we had won and we were was unsure at first if it was actually us. We couldn’t believe it and were so taken aback. The other nominees were amazing and we're big fans of them all, so to even be nominated was amazing.
It’s really lovely to get the recognition from your peers. We're so passionate about food and wine, we're a small family-run business. it was a lifestyle vision to move to Kinsale, so be to nominated and then win was a real thrill. We pour our soul into everything and our small team is so amazing, a lot of them have been with us from the start.
We have an emphasis on bio-organic, natural wines which our customers are really interested in. They also really like orange wine at the minute, people are getting braver and are more open now to different styles.
We always try to improve and provide the best in terms of local delicious food and interesting wines. We work hard and are constantly looking for inspiration. We are surrounded by amazing producers, so that inspires us."
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Main image by @imenmcdonnell.