Back then, the goal for L’Atitude was to bring exciting and different wines to the People’s Republic and I believe we’ve achieved this. I get such a kick out of seeing how people’s attitude to wine has changed, since we opened. We went from having a list with only a few ‘natural’ wines in 2011, to almost all ‘natural’ in 2019. As well as favouring natural wines, I’m a great believer that wine should be fun and love dreaming up ideas for fun wine events; our speed tasting is renowned for being a riotous way to learn about wine.
I absolutely love what I do, but, sadly, a fire in L’Atitude, on Paddy’s Day, almost brought an end to the dream. The fire has left us temporarily without a home, but, luckily, Cork is full of incredible people: several businesses have kindly offered their venues to host events, so I’ve been able to pop up around the city and, in doing so, keep the L’Atitude spirit alive. Ali’s Kitchen, Idaho Cafe, On The Pigs’s Back, and Crawford & Co were some of the first to row in behind me to keep the show on the road and I’m hugely indebted to them.
I firmly believe that when one door closes, another opens and lots of different opportunities have cropped up since the fire. I am super-excited to be working with St Peter’s Cork, in North Main Street, for a series of tastings and wine events in August and September. St Peter’s have recently acquired a wine licence and have kindly offered L’Atitude a home for our wine events, until 1 Union Quay is back open again. I love what they do in St Peter’s and look forward to collaborating with the team there (see below for full details on the upcoming St Peter’s events). It looks like L’Atitude will be closed until late autumn, so I’ve been using the downtime to spread L’Atitude’s wings. We always planned on organising tours abroad for food and wine enthusiasts, but never had the time until now. Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to visit Georgia. Georgia is a fascinating country and is the cradle of wine-making, with 8,000 years of wine history. So for wine lovers, it’s an absolute Mecca! I’ve been working closely with John Wurdeman, of Pheasant’s Tears Winery, in eastern Georgia, and hope to bring our first L’Atitude Tour out there next spring.
See L’Atitude 51’s website for updates on its reopening.