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Wine Lovers Weekend
at The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
March 4-6, 2016


For the last 10 years, wine lovers have gathered at The Irish Cottage for a weekend of gourmet meals, fine wines, and extensive educational programs. What a wonderful, wine-filled 10 years it has been!   

To celebrate we've decided to bring back the "all-stars" from the last 10 years!

2014 & 2015 Wine Lovers Highlights
We've consulted with our culinary team, considered the rave reviews of past participants, and sorted through the hundreds of wines and spirits we have featured over the past 10 years to create the "Best of the Best" Wine Lovers Weekend Package.

This one-of-a-kind Wine Lovers Weekend package is only available on March 4-6, 2016, and is a collaboration between The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel and Galena’s finest family of restaurants - Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill, One Eleven Main and Vinny Vanucchi’s 'Little Italy'.

Available two weekends earlier than the community Wine Lovers Weekend celebration, this package includes gourmet meals, fine wines, Irish whiskey, a wine blending program, two nights accommodations, a shuttle between The Irish Cottage and the dinners, plus the following:


90-Plus Welcome Reception
The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
at The Auld Dubliner Lounge - 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Join old friends and make new acquaintances at the 90-Plus Welcome Reception. Enjoy a hand-picked selection of 90-Plus rated wines. Reception also includes the opportunity to taste and compare samples of Jameson Irish Whiskey.

This special welcome reception is the perfect way to kick-off an exciting Wine Lovers Weekend at The Irish Cottage. The wine tasting is accompanied by a sampling of regional cheeses and crackers.

Wines samples served:
To be announced.

"Old World" Classic Italiano Dinner
Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - 8:00 to 10:30 p.m.
Shuttle service provided

Our Wine Lovers participants could not stop raving after savoring the "Old World" Classic Italiano Dinner at Vinny Vanucchi's in 2009. This classic 4-course Italian meal is paired with an outstanding selection of Ruffino wines.

Ruffino is a modern, dynamic winery with roots dating back to 1877, yet it skillfully maintains its century-old winemaking traditions while blending in modern winemaking technology.   Complete menu information.

Wines served:

Ruffino IL Ducale Toscana
Lodola Nuovo Ruffino
Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro
Antinori Santa Cristina Vin Santo

Live Entertainment – Jon Conover
Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill - 7:30 p.m.


Hot Boutique Breakfast
Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill - 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

"Battle of the Irish Whiskey"
The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
at Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill - 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

One of the most loved exports of the Emerald Isle is whiskey. Generations have debated which distilleries produce the "best" whiskey. This program was so much fun when it debuted in 2011! Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub & Grill will assemble a fine collection of Irish whiskeys in order for you to discover for yourself the answer to the century old question "Which is the best Irish whiskey?". This Irish whiskey program also features samples of traditional Irish cuisine. Complete menu information.

Whiskeys served:
Bushmills Black Bush
Jameson Redbreast

Tullamore Dew
Clontarf Classic Blend

Wine Blending Program
The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
Blarney Stone Room - 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Over the last few years the popularity of blended wines has gained momentum and wine blends are one of the fastest-growing wine sales categories in the country. While some still turn their noses at the prospect of drinking a blended wine, others have discovered the dynamic flavors and unique notes of a good blend.

This program first featured in 2010 will teach you the characteristics of a really good blended wine. Once you know the basics it's time to test your skill by developing your very own signature blend.

This program has two components:
  • Blending seminar featuring: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petite Sirah
  • Building you own signature blend. Judges will award prizes for best blend.

"Wine Balancing" Dinner
One Eleven Main - 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Shuttle service provided

The One Eleven Main "Wine Balancing" Dinner takes food and wine pairing to another level. The progression of the meal is carefully considered allowing each pairing to shine on its own while creating a broader dining experience in which each course and pairing enhances each other.

Wines from the Terlato Family Vineyard will be showcased in the pairings. Many are considered some of the best-in-class wines from the great grape varieties and most important appellations in North America.

Terlato Family Vineyards Pinot Grigio - Russian River Valley
Terlato Family Vineyards Syrah - Dry Creek Valley
Terlato Family Vineyards Angels’ Peak - Napa Valley
Bollinger “Special Cuvée” Brut NV

Live Entertainment – Jon Conover
Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill - 7:30 p.m.


Hot Boutique Breakfast
Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill - 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Package rates start at $359.00/person + tax based on double occupancy.

Due to the high demand for this package, a $250.00 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT is required. The $250.00 deposit is applied to the total purchase price of the package. A confirmation letter including a receipt for the $250.00 deposit will be sent within days of the reservation.