Ireland & Morocco Wine Discoveries

Two new tastes I discovered at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival‘s 15th Anniversary … Ireland’s Bunratty Meade Honey Wine and Morocco’s Amazigh Red Wine.

Ireland’s Bunratty Meade Honey Wine

A legendary drink from Ireland, it has a long history and was so influential that the banquet halls of Tara, where the High Kings of Ireland ruled, were named the House of Mead Circling. No medieval banquet was complete without it.

Bunratty Winery sits in the shadow of the famous 15th century Bunratty Castle in the historical county of Clare, Ireland. In ancient times it became custom for the bride and groom to drink honey Meade for one full moon after their wedding, hence the term “Honeymoon” still used today.

Made from white wine with honey and herbs its served chilled and/or over ice. I enjoyed as an aperitif over a little ice as we strolled through Ireland and England. Quite nice!

Morocco’s Amazigh Red Wine

I’ve never had wine from Morocco or knew they were producing it. In 1998, the Zniber family created the first controlled appellation of origin in Morocco in the Guerrouane region. Its a blend of Carignan, Cinsault and Alicante-Bouchet grapes and the winemaking ties to France.

Amazigh is dark red in color yet light in body. It’s described as ‘a soft full bodied red with jammy black currant fruit.” I definitely got a lot of red berry flavors from the wine.  It was a really nice surprise and surely goes well with the great food of Morocco!

Try them out and let me know what you think. Cheers to new discoveries!