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Merchant Hotel Wedding Showcase

Looking gorgeous today at The Merchant Hotel Wedding Showcase, was Fortuna Vini Gold and Fortuna Vini Scent of Angel specially personalised for the upcoming wedding of Pro Golfer Rory McIlroy and Tennis Professional Caroline Wozniacki.


Dogarina Prosecco Gold Magnums at Ollies 3

Gold Magnums of Prosecco Very Popular at Ollie’s Club

Ollie’s Nightclub in the prestigious 5 star Merchant Hotel in Belfast are now offering a VIP package that includes a fabulous 1.5 Litre Golden Magnum of Dogarina Prosecco that will deliver 10 glasses of this high quality Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry.


10th Anniversary at Zen

Celebrated with two spectacular red carpet events, the 10th Anniversary of the fabulous ZEN Restaurant in Belfast was the party of the year so far.


GreatVine Prosecco at The Merchant Hotel

The Merchant of Venice

Marco Marro, Head of Food and Beverage at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast welcomes Dogarina Prosecco supplied by Thomas Soliman of GreatVine (or as some call him ‘The Merchant of Venice’) as the new house Prosecco for his prestigious Hotel.


In the Trade Press

In the Trade Press

We’re delighted with the positive coverage of GreatVine in this month’s hospitality trade magazines.


The Wines of Northern Italy

The Wines of Northern Italy

Here at GreatVine we have a passion for Italian wines both North and South, but our heart lies very much with Northern Italian wines. Like sommeliers of good quality wine education content, we have uncovered this extremely informative and comprehensive Podcast, which is an expert video tour of the key wine varietals of Northern Italy.  From Prosecco in the Veneto region to the more complex and yeasty Franciacorta west of the Veneto, to Valpolicella and Amarone wines. You will discover a lot about Northern Italian wines that you didn’t previously know in this video.

Credit to LCBO for the video. LCBO is an Ontario government enterprise and one of the world’s largest buyers and retailers of beverage alcohol. Through more than 634 retail stores and catalogues, it offers nearly 18,000 products annually to consumers and licensed establishments.


  • Prosecco and Wine Tasting Event with Dogarina Prosecco and Wines
  • Prosecco and Wine Tasting wth Dogarina Winery
  • Thomas Soliman making his world famous Bellini cocktail
  • Patricia Carson Acapulco Restaurant
  • Hospitality Review Magazine wins a gold Magnum of Dogarina Prosecco
  • Jasper & Joery Castel of The Boat House at GreatVIne wine tasting event
  • Colleen Bennett from Fontana with Veronica Vecchiato of GreatVine
  • Marco and Veronica Vecchiato with Lisa Kennedy
  • Working out the Association of Italian Sommelier Chart for Food & Wine Pairing

Prosecco and Wine Tasting Event Was Great Success

If you didn’t manage to make it along to our wine tasting event at Zen Belfast this week, then you really did miss something very special as all our guests who attended will gladly tell you.

Every guest there completed our feedback forms to say that they learned a lot about Prosecco that they didn’t already know and that the experience would much better equip them to buy Prosecco for their business in the future.

Most scored our Dogarina Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry 10 out of 10 including our revered Italian guest Mr Marco Marro, Head of Food & Beverage at The Merchant Hotel – Belfast’s landmark 5 star.

The Dogarina DOCG Brut Prosecco also scored very highly with our guests, as did most of the other wines including an out standing Sauvignon Blanc, two premium reds of 2006 vintage – the Decano and the Raboso as well as an exceptional dessert wine by Paladin winery – Passito di Soandre.

Our guests were served up an amazing course of Asian tapas style dishes with each of the 12 wines sampled and the food was specifically paired for each wine.

Veronica Vecchiato from Dogarina winery who is a Sommelier as well as Export Manager for the winery, did a fantastic job explaining each wine to our guests and she had a fun cutting edge new chart developed by the Association of Italian Sommeliers for every guest to complete that charted how well the food and wine was paired.

Comments such as

“I realised how little I know about my favourite drink”….

referring to Prosecco and ‘Seriously impressed!!’ as well as ‘It’s been tremendous! Loved the Decano, all the Proseccos and the Sauvignon’ were just a few of the positive comments we received on the feedback forms.

The most important question we asked was should we contact you to discuss an order, to which most guests at the event answered yes!

We had so much positive feedback and messages about orders after the event too from the guests who had attended, including late night tweets wanting ‘more of that good stuff!’

Our guests also got to sample 5 different flavours of fruit purée by Les Vergers Boiron which is used for the white peach purée in the Bellini cocktails made in Venice where it was first invented in Harry’s Bar. Thomas from GreatVine is said to make the finest Bellini cocktails in Venice, so he prepared his Bellini cocktails with the white peach purée, Dogarina Prosecco and his two secret ingredients for the event to welcome our guests. Everyone agreed they had not tasted a Bellini cocktail like this one in Northern Ireland before.

To help the guests with their digestion and give them a special treat at the end, Thomas prepared a Venetian speciality – The Sgroppino in front of the guests, with a special sharp lemon ice cream made by Morellis in Coleraine, a dash of vodka and Prosecco. A period of ooohs and aaahs ensued and even one ‘I think I’ve died and gone to heaven!’.

Nicola Daly of Hospitality Review NI Magazine was the lucky winner of the draw to win a gold magnum of Dogarina Prosecco on the day. Well done Nicola and let us know when you get to the bottom of that won’t you?

We would like to thank all of our lovely and professional guests who took valuable time out of their very busy schedules to come for the event. We know that you are very glad you did.

Prosecco and Wine Tasting wth Dogarina Winery

Marco Marro of The Merchant Hotel in Belfast with Veronica Vecchiato of Dogarina Winery and Thomas Soliman of GreatVine

 

Thomas Soliman making his world famous Bellini cocktail

Thomas Soliman making his world famous Bellini cocktail

 

Patricia Carson Acapulco Restaurant

Patricia Carson and Andrea Finlay of Acapulco Restaurant, Belfast & Dublin

 

Hospitality Review Magazine wins a gold Magnum of Dogarina Prosecco

Nicola Daly from Hospitality Review Magazine wins a gold Magnum of Dogarina Prosecco

 

 

Jasper & Joery Castel of The Boat House at GreatVIne wine tasting event

Jasper & Joery Castel of The Boat House at the GreatVIne wine tasting event

 

Colleen Bennett from Fontana with Veronica Vecchiato of GreatVine

Colleen Bennett from Fontana Restaurant, Holywood with Veronica Vecchiato of Dogarina

 

Marco and Veronica Vecchiato with Lisa Kennedy

Marco Marro of The Merchant Hotel with Veronica Vecchiato and Lisa Kennedy of The Cloth Ear

 

Working out the Association of Italian Sommelier Chart for Food & Wine Pairing

Working out the Association of Italian Sommelier Chart for Food & Wine Pairing

Photo Credits: Many thanks to David Dawson Photography for doing a fantastic job at our event!

 

 

 


Crispy Duck Canapes at Zen

Tasting the Food Pairing Menu for Our Wine Tasting at Zen

We were invited into Zen restaurant tonight by Eddie Fung to taste the new range of Asian tapas that was specifically developed for our upcoming wine tasting event on Monday 9th September. I was expecting it to be good as the food at Zen is always good, but I really wasn’t prepared for the fantasy of food that was presented to us dish after dish all evening.


Thomas with Eddie Fung at Zen

Launching Anniversary Gold Magnums of Prosecco With Eddie Fung at Zen

The first pallets of our fabulous Gold 1.5 Litre Magnums of Dogarina DOC Prosecco Extra Dry arrived at Zen this week featuring personalised Zen labels to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Adelaide Street restaurant.


Italian Wine Tasting Event at Zen Belfast

Wine Tasting Mon 9th September at Zen

Veronica Vecchiato from Dogarina Winery in the Veneto region of Italy will conduct a professional Degustazione for Irish restaurant owners and hoteliers

We are delighted to announce that Veronica Vecchiato of the Veneto based Dogarina winery will be flying into Belfast to conduct a professional wine tasting with food and wine pairing at lunchtime (1p.m.) on Monday 9th September 2013. The event will be hosted upstairs in Zen, Adelaide Street, Belfast.


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