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Vive la France - Bastille Day celebrations at Ardkeen Quality Food Store

Le Pique Nique - Pate, cheese & wine
Le Pique Nique - Pate, cheese & wine

Saturday next July 14th is Bastille Day. A national holiday in France since 1880, it marks the date, 100 years earlier when French revolutionaries stormed the fortress and prison of The Bastille building in Paris and as such, it represents the symbolic end of the French Monarchy under King Louie XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette.

A very special day of celebration or fête for our near neighbours, every year the principles of Freedom, Liberty and Fraternity espoused during that time are remember and celebrated with parties, parades and fireworks. 

No celebration in France would be complete without food and so a day of gathering to eat and share, often the simpler French cuisine of the peasants of that revolutionary time is enjoyed each year with cheese, pate and bread an integral part of every Bastille Day celebration.

With this in mind, (I say that a lot don’t I ;-) ) we are having our very own ‘Bastille Day’ celebrations here at Ardkeen Quality Food Store this weekend. Kicking off our Thursday Tasting at 3 with a French ‘Pique Nique’, we will be tasting typically French fare with beautiful French cheese from Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, Cork’s very own On The Pigs Back Pate and a typical French Lentil salad (recipe will be available) with that Je ne sais quoi that will have you making it again and again.

Where there is French fare there is French wine and no Bastille Day celebration would be complete without Un petit boire.  Our buyers have been busy choosing a selection of French wine that exemplify the rich wine tradition and heritage that France has offered the world for centuries.

From Burgundy classics Macon Village and Poully Fuisse, to the rich and diverse terroirs of the Rhone Valley and an expression of one of the most emblematic Alsaceian grape varieties Trimback’s Riesling. The iconic Malbec, Syrah and Granache are all featured and more in between, so lots of exploring ahead. Prices are keen so pop in store for a browse and you will have even more cause for celebration than long evenings, gorgeous summer sun a small matter of the World Cup Final. Grab a glass and chair.

See you in store.

A toute a leur!



  • On the Pig’s Back Duck Liver Pate with Port 150g

    On the Pig’s Back Duck Liver Pate with Port 150g

    On the Pig's Back has been producing Pâtés and Terrines since 1992, using traditional French recipes handed down through Isabelle's family. Irish Artisan Chicken liver pate made with smoked bacon & Port


  • Le Skinny Chef Irish French Fusion Cuisine French Onion Soup 500ml

    Le Skinny Chef Irish French Fusion Cuisine French Onion Soup 500ml

    French Onion Soup - a tradional French style soup made with succulent garden onions and herbs.

    Vegan and naturally dairy & gluten free.


  • Joseph Drouhin Fleurie 2016 750ml

    Joseph Drouhin Fleurie 2016 750ml

    Passion and skill have been faithfully transmitted to the present fourth generation of the Drouhin family. The vinification of this wine reveals the elegance and the true expression of the Beaujolais terroir. With its intensity and fresh fruit, Beaujolais is the festive wine par excellence. This is a unique bottle, to enjoy and to share.


  • Joseph Drouhin Macon-lugny 2018 750ml

    Joseph Drouhin Macon-lugny 2018 750ml

    Grape Variety: Chardonnay

    • Site: a large terroir in the south of Burgundy, close to Pouilly-Fuissé. The village of Lugny is located on the beautiful "Mont du Mâconnais".
    • Soil: clay and chalk dating from the Jurassic era are very favorable to the cultivation of the Chardonnay grape.
    • Vinification Pressing: very slow so as to respect the fruit. Juices from the last pressings are not retained. No artificial yeasts or enzymes are used.
    • Ageing Type: stainless steel vats.
    • Ageing Length: 6 to 8 months.
    • Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.

    Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin

    "The colour of the Mâcon-Lugny is bright and limpid. The nose is floral and fruity, with hints of white flowers, apple and lemon aromas. Very straightforward and direct on the palate, as if biting into a grape. Fresh and light, with a very pleasant aftertaste".

    • Serving Temperature: 12/13°C (53-54°F).
    • Cellaring: 1 to 3 years.

    In 1880, Joseph Drouhin, who was from the Chablis region originally, chose the city of Beaune to found the business that bears his name. Over the years and with each generation, the vineyard estate grew. At the same time, the founder's passionate search for excellence and knowledge was handed down like a family heirloom; Maison Joseph Drouhin continues to ensure this valuable family heritage. Dedication to the diversity of Burgundy has always been the sole focus and vocation of Maison Joseph Drouhin, as Mâcon-Lugny 2016 vineyards - mostly premier and grand crus - were acquired in all major areas. Out of firm conviction, Drouhin has adopted a biological and biodynamic approach to viticulture. Listening to nature: from vine to glass, at every step in the elaboration of the wine, a profound respect and deference to nature prevails. From its very beginning, Maison Joseph Drouhin has aimed for an ideal of perfection and elegance. The style of Joseph Drouhin combines balance, harmony and character, providing infinite pleasure. Thanks to its open-minded world view, Joseph Drouhin introduces the best of Burgundy to all continents. Its active presence in many countries is the surest proof of its desire to get acquainted and understand other cultures and styles of living.


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