Having quickly scanned the entire Absolut Fringe brochure and I like many I guess will have paused at ‘A Wine Goose Chase‘ on page 100. Beer drinking and the Irish synonymous, but not too many would associate Ireland’s 2,000 year connection with wine.
It is very difficult to pass up an opportunity to see this show which includes 3 wine tastings as part of the admission price and a Hennessy cognac as a parting glass. The location for the show was 37 Dawson Street formally Ron Blacks, in a private room towards the back. The small but nicely decorated bar provides a very apt venue for A Wine Goose Chase.
Susan Boyle’s one-person show gave all those present an insightful account of Ireland’s long, but in at least in terms of my knowledge unknown wine culture. Delivering the information with a passion she describes herself as a oenophile (someone who appreciates wine) with the ability to detect the minutest smell from an open glass. Very soon it was time for our first wine tasting all 3 of which have an Irish connection.
We were informed of the Irish monks who left Ireland not for religion but in search of the right soil in which to grow vines. During the 1700′s we were told that Ireland was importing 4 times more wine the rest of the British Isles, but not only that the quality of what the Irish were drinking was also better. There were the wild geese that left for all parts of the world like Lynch, Barton in France, Bernardo O’Higgins in Chile.
A pleasant evening where wine tasting took centre stage still I think everyone went away happy. The show ends with Susan giving us a lovely rendition of the ‘The Parting Glass’, where the audience are invited to rise their glass Hennessy and toast all the great Irish men and women who for 2,000 years contributed so much to the wine industry.
Co-directed by Gina Moxley and Sonya Kelly
Shows: September 11, 12, 16, 17 19please check times of show
Tickets priced €14 and €12 for concession.
Duration of show 60 minutes