Wine Weekends at Ballymaloe next Spring
* unbeatable new prices
* delightful new venue
* still a great Christmas or birthday present
Mary Dowey’s Weekend Wine Courses have become a firm fixture on the spring calendar at Ballymaloe House, Co Cork. Guests come from far and wide to learn the essentials of wine appreciation while enjoying superb food, great wines and good company in one of Ireland’s loveliest country houses. Now, to celebrate ten years of wine weekend success, prices for 2010 are better than ever.
Mary’s Introduction to Wine Appreciation course will run for two weekends
– 19th–21st February 2010 and 16th–18th April 2010 – with the handsomely restored Grain Store at Ballymaloe as the main venue. Suitable for anybody who enjoys wine and would like to know more about it, the course focuses on key grape varieties. Besides quickly mastering the characteristics of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir, guests will learn how to recognise quality, buy wisely, serve and store wines correctly and match them with the most suitable foods.
‘The wine-tasting weekend was fantastic and we will highly recommend it to our friends.’ Emma-Jane Dockery, Dublin
Listed among the Top 10 Wine Courses in the UK & Ireland by the Daily Telegraph
Mary Dowey (www.marydowey.com) has built up a large following through her enthusiastic and refreshingly unstuffy approach. She is wine editor of The Gloss magazine and a contributor to the internationally acclaimed wine magazine Decanter, having been wine correspondent of The Irish Times 1995-2005. She has visited most of the world’s major wine-producing regions and is the author of several books including Food and Wine – Matching Made Simple and 101 Great Wines Under €12.
Wine Weekend Format
Friday evening: welcome aperitif, dinner with specially chosen wines and brief talk
Saturday: wine course all day (9.30am – 4.30pm) with lunch, afternoon tea and a
six-course wine-tasting dinner in the evening
Sunday morning: champagne and sparkling wine workshop (10am -12.30pm)
Wine Weekend Packages
2 nights bed & breakfast with Friday dinner and wine talk; Saturday all-day wine course with lunch, afternoon tea and gala dinner; Sunday morning champagne workshop
€495 per person sharing standard room €595 per person sharing superior room
Gift vouchers available: the ideal Christmas, birthday or Valentine’s gift for a wine-lover.
Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Co. Cork. Tel: 00 353 (0)21 4652531
Website and online booking: www.ballymaloe.ie