If you find yourself in Dublin this weekend and feel the sudden urge to break into a sprint, closely followed by a need to taste some stunning Australian wines, then get you and your teammates down to Monkstown rugby club in Sandymount for this year’s Touchwine.
What’s going on?
Well lots of fast and furious tag rugby to start (1.30pm – 4.30pm) with teams looking to take the crown from the 2009 winners Ely Wine Bars.
If that all sounds a little strenuous, fear not, there’s plenty of other good stuff going on. Australian winemakers Chester Osborn (d’Arenberg), Willie Lunn (Yering Station), Glenn Goodall (Xanadu Wines) and Andrew Wigan (Peter Lehmann Wines) will be mingling, if not togging out.
Wine tasting: John Wilson’s “Wallaby Warriors”: 5pm
John Wilson from the Irish Times has selected his “match day 22″ wine team, 22 wines from Australia. Upfront a powerful, robust pack, complemented by a zippy, elegant, racy back line and some impact substitutions.nCoach Wilson will be presenting the wines from 5pm.
Kids’ corner: 4.30pm
Face painting and clown entertainment for the little taggers to enjoy.
(except for the BBQ), though donations for the two charities Focus Ireland and the Hutt Street Centre will be encouraged and opportunities plentiful!
Pembroke Cricket Club/ Monkstown Football Club, Park Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4 (see map)