2022 Award Winners WINE & DRINKS AWARD 2022

Union Wine Bar & Kitchen Waterford

Union Wine Bar & Kitchen

 Craft beers and independent distilleries have been making all the headlines in recent years - and the best ones are very deserving of their success - but they won’t ever replace that special relationship that we have with wine, the way that it can enhance the dining experience, and its endless variety that can be a particular focus of interest in itself. Along with other aspects of the wine lover’s experience - including educational events - what this award is all about is a passion for the individuality of wines, and their makers.

New name, new location - but the same great team. Stephen McArdle and Morgan VanderKamer moved their wonderful Barrows Keep restaurant from Graiguenamanagh to Thomastown in 2019, and now they’ve reinvented themselves again in Waterford, where they have a wine bar, kitchen and cocktail bar overlooking The Mall. Wherever they are, it’s a must-visit for any food or wine lover in the south-east. The network of local producers that provides the foundation for Stephen’s terrific cooking remains very much in place and, as always, the talent in the kitchen is complemented by Morgan’s supervision of the room - and the renowned wine list curated by this friendly and engaging Master Sommelier. Working with over a dozen wine suppliers, she selects with care to encourage guests to try less familiar wines - and she still hosts her popular wine club too. A great addition to this vibrant city.


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