Wine and drinks events during the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine 3rd – 6th May 2013

The inaugural Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine, which takes place 3rd – 6th May 2013, will include well known wine & drinks writers, Jancis Robinson MW, Mary Dowey, Tom Doorley, and John Wilson, to name but some of the 40 national and international speakers attending.

Throughout the weekend, there will also be talks and tastings on wine & drinks including Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey from Midleton Distillery, wine and sherry tastings, cooperage display by Ger Buckley, Master Cooper, Midleton Distillery, and also a ‘Pop-up’ wine shop   Please see www.litfest.ie for full programme of events.   Wine  & drinks events taking place during the  Literary Festival:

 

Saturday 4th May, 11.30am-1.00pm

‘RIAS BAIXAS and ALBARINO’ talk and tasting with John Wilson, wine writer, The Irish Times, in conversation with Juan Gil de Araujo González de Careaga, President of the D.O. Rias Baixas, Galicia, followed by ‘SHELLFISH and ALBARINO LUNCH’ at 1.30pm   Shellfish and Albarino – a match made in heaven. The Ballymaloe kitchen will cook the freshest shellfish to demonstrate this fantastic pairing. Juan Gil de Araujo González de Careaga, President of the D.O. Rias Baixas, will leads us through this lunch (In the Long Dining Room at Ballymaloe House) Book tickets €50

 

Saturday 4th 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 5.00pm

‘SINGLE POT STILL IRISH WHISKEY’ from Midleton Distillery   Talk and tasting, on Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey from Midleton Distillery, alongside Irish Farmhouse Cheese

 

Saturday 4th May, 2.30pm – 4.00pm

‘WINE AND WORDS’ with John Wilson and Tom Doorley,   Talk and tasting, with wine writers John Wilson, wine writer, The Irish Times, and Tom Doorley, wine writer & restaurant critic, who will talk about wine books in general, including a talk on the books of Maurice Healy – Ireland’s first wine journalist. Healy, a barrister, wrote a number of books, including The Munster Circuit, as well as two very amusing books on wine – Stay me With Flagons, and The Wines of Bordeaux. There will be a tasting of some featured wines specially selected by John and Tom, and helpful advice on ‘Wine tasting tips’. (takes palce in The Carrigaun Room, at the Grain Store, at Ballymaloe House) Book tickets €25

 

Saturday 4th May, 3.00pm

‘IRISH APPLE BRANDY and CIDER’ talk and tasting with William O’Callaghan of Longueville House, Mallow, Co. Cork

 

Saturday 4th May, 4.00pm  

GER BUCKLEY, MASTER COOPER of MIDLETON DISTILLERY  Presentation and demonstration on everything to do with barrels and the ancient craft of cooperage (in The Big Shed)

 

Saturday 4th May, 4.30pm – 6.00pm  

‘GOING NATURAL – NEW TRENDS’ with Mary Dowey and Pascal Rossignol   Talk & tasting, with Mary Dowey, well known Irish wine writer, and Pascal Rossignol, guest wine lecturer at Ballymaloe Cookery School, and award winning Le Caveau wine specialist, with a focus, and tasting on new trends in the wine world, with an emphasis on topics including ‘Natural’ Wines; Old Vines; Sulphur, and Biodynamic Wine (takes place in The Carrigaun Room, at the Grain Store, at Ballymaloe House) Book tickets €25

 

Saturday 4th May, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

A ‘QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS’ SPECIAL ON FOOD AND WINE chaired by John Bowman,   A debate on food and wine issues with an expert panel, chaired by John Bowman, who will take your food and wine questions and demand answers from an expert panel. (takes place in the main part of the Grain Store, at Ballymaloe House). Book tickets €25

 

Saturday 4th May, 8.30pm

****this event is now sold out – waitlisted****   Darina Allen dinner at home, with Skye Gyngell, and Pierpaolo Rapuzzi of Ronchi di Cialla, Friuli, Italy, with wines from the indigenous grape varieties of the region, including a particular focus on the Schioppettino grape variety.

 

Sunday 5th May 11.00am

‘A SPECIAL CORNER OF ITALY – FRIULI’ with Pierpaolo Rapuzzi   A wine tasting of indigenous Italian grape varieties from this special corner of north-east Italy, with Pierpaolo Rapuzzi of Ronchi di Cialla, a key Friulian producer, located in the commune of Prepetto, very close to the border with Slovenia. The line-up of wines for this tasting is Ciallabianco 2011, Ciallabianco 2001, Ribolla Nera 2010, Schioppettino di Cialla 2008, Schioppettino di Cialla 2001, Refosco dal Peduncolo 2006, Refosco dal Peduncolo 2003 and Picolit 2008. The winery is known for the ageing power of its indigenous whites, and for the finesse of its red wines, made from exotic and mythical local grapes. The Rapuzzi family have been awarded for their work in rescuing endangered indigenous grape varieties. (Please e-mail colm@ballymaloe.ie for more details on this event)

Sunday 5th May, 12.00pm, 3.00pm and 5.30pm   ‘SINGLE POT STILL IRISH WHISKEY’ from Midleton Distillery   Talk and tasting, on Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey from Midleton Distillery, alongside Irish Farmhouse Cheese

 

Sunday 5th May, 12.30pm

‘WINE and LITERATURE’. John Wilson, wine writer, The Irish Times, will give a light-hearted wine tasting, accompanying each wine with a quote from some literary source, including Shaw, Fields, Colette, Rabelais and Pablo Neruda!’ (Fringe in The Big Shed)

 

Sunday 5th May, 1.30pm

‘FINO AND MANZANILLA’ Dry Sherry – a tasting of Finos, including En-rama style, and Manzanilla (Fringe in The Big Shed)

 

Sunday 5th 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 5.30pm

‘SINGLE POT STILL IRISH WHISKEY’ from Midleton Distillery   Talk and tasting, on Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey from Midleton Distillery, alongside Irish Farmhouse Cheese

 

Sunday 5th May, 2.30pm – 4.00pm

‘SPICE MIXES – WINES TO SUIT SPICY ASIAN DISHES’ with Mary Dowey   Wines to go with spicy dishes from range of different cuisines. with Mary Dowey, wine editor, The Gloss Magazine, and author of many wine books, including ‘Food & Wine Matching Made Simple’ (takes place in The Carrigaun Room, at the Grain Store) Book tickets €20

 

Sunday 5th May, 3.00pm  

‘DOURO VALLEY – STILL & FORTIFIED’

White, Red & Port – talk and tasting on the Douro Valley, with Maurice O’Mahony, Wine Alliance (Fringe in The Big Shed)

 

Sunday 5th May, 4.00pm 

GER BUCKLEY, MASTER COOPER of MIDLETON DISTILLERY  Presentation and demonstration on everything to do with barrels and the ancient craft of cooperage (in The Big Shed)

 

Sunday 5th May, 5.00pm

‘RIESLINGS TO BE CHEERFUL’ with John McDonnell   John McDonnell, of Wine Australia Ireland will showcase a selection of styles of Riesling, both from Australia, and from other parts of the wine world.  (Fringe in The Big Shed)

 

Sunday 5th May, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

‘WINE GRAPES’ with Jancis Robinson MW   One of a handful of wine communicators with an international reputation, Jancis Robinson MW writes daily for JancisRobinson.com (voted first-ever Wine Website of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards2010), weekly for The Financial Times, and bi-monthly for a column that is syndicated around the world. She is also editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, co-author with Hugh Johnson of The World Atlas of Wine, co-author of Wine Grapes – A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours, each of these books recognised as a standard reference worldwide.

We are delighted to be welcoming back to Ballymaloe, Jancis Robinson MW, one of the world’s best loved and most respected wine writers.  Jancis will give a presentation, and wine tasting by way of illustratation, on the book ‘Wine Grapes’. Best Drinks Book of 2012, André Simon Awards, Wine & Spirits magazine and Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, nominated for James Beard Award 2013   (takes place in the main part of The Grain Store, at Ballymaloe House) Book tickets €50

 

Sunday 5th May 8.30pm

‘REWARDS OF PATIENCE’ with John McDonnell, Wine Australia   A tasting of some very special Australian wines with John McDonnell, Wine Australia Ireland (Fringe in The Big Shed)

 

Sunday 5th May, from 9.00pm

‘TANGO & MALBEC’ – talk and tasting of a selection of Malbec wine from Argentina, with Tom Lynch, El Comandante Wines, Mendoza, Argentina, followed by Tango in association with the Cork Argentinean Tango Society (in the Carrigaun Room, at the Grain Store at Ballymaloe, which is adjacent to the Big Shed)

More information, and to book tickets on-line, please see www.litfest.ie and wine events are listed here www.litfest.ie/wine-events or e-mail Colm for more information on any of the wine events colm@ballymaloe.ie To book tickets, or to request a brochure, please telephone Literary Festival box office 021 4645777  E-mail: info@litfest.ie

Jancis Robinson MW
Jancis Robinson MW
Mary Dowey
Mary Dowey
John Wilson
John Wilson
Tom Doorley
Tom Doorley
John Bowman
John Bowman
Pascal Rossignol
Pascal Rossignol
Juan Gil de Araujo González de Careaga
Juan Gil de Araujo González de Careaga
Pierpaolo Rapuzzi
Pierpaolo Rapuzzi
Ger Buckley, Master Cooper, Midleton Distillery and John McDonnell, Wine Australia
Ger Buckley, Master Cooper, Midleton Distillery and John McDonnell, Wine Australia
Maurice O'Mahony, Wine Alliance and Darina
Maurice O’Mahony, Wine Alliance and Darina
Tom Lynch, El Comandante Wines, Argentina
Tom Lynch, El Comandante Wines, Argentina

 

The Fringe Events at ‘The Big Shed’ during the Literary Festival, at Ballymaloe 3rd – 6th May 2013

As well as the talks and demos, the real heart of the festival will be the Fringe, where everyone will go to eat, drink and meet, in what promises to be a brilliant event. There will also be additional wine & drinks events here as well during the weekend. More details to follow shortly on these additional events.

The arts, craft and culture area will showcase works by Lucinda Robertson, Sacha Whelan, and Adam O’Connor to name but a few and a cooperage display by Ger Buckley, Master Cooper, Midleton Distillery. Art installations will abound and include the Cully and Sully wall and the fabulous Queens of Neon doing their glamorous thing. In the family corner, a host of fun interactive and creative activities based on the principle of food education will take place. For those with food and drink on their minds, the market stalls will be a feast of Green Saffron, Gubbeen Smokehouse, Annie’s Roasts, The Rocket man, Golden Bean Coffee Roaster, Lolo’s Cuisine, Murphy’s Ice Cream, Petite Treats, The Greedy Pig, Ardsallagh Goats Cheese, Woodside Farm, Bill Casey’s Smoked Salmon.

There will be a selection of drinks including wines with ‘Irish wine making connections’ from the Ballymaloe wine cellar, beer from Irish Craft Brewers from around Ireland, and a line-up of the finest Irish Whiskey from the award winning local Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, Midleton Distillery

We look forward to welcoming you to the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine.

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‘Bringing the Wine Geese Home’

WE’RE BRINGING THE WINE GEESE HOME’ (regional event)

Please keep an eye on the Bringing the Wine Geese Home Wine Geese blog for regular updates on events, and also on The Gathering website.

In association with The Gathering 2013, and the broader vibrant wine community of Cork City and County, including Beverley Mathews of L’Attitude 51 Wine Cafe, Cork City and Maurice O’Mahony of Wine Alliance,  Colm is delighted to be involved with this wine community initiative to ‘bring the wine geese home’ for a series of events throughout 2013, in Cork city and county.

After a great launch night with Tom Lynch of El Comandante Wines, Mendoza, Argentina, we are all looking forward to a very exciting year of great ‘Wine Geese’ events.

Next upcoming event is on this Tuesday evening, 12th February, 7pm, in L’Atitude51 Wine Cafe in Cork City – with Jane Boyce MW, on her first visit to Cork, showing a selection of wine geese wines, including Chateau Langoa-Barton and Chateau Phelan-Segur, both originally from Tipperay and Kildare respectively.

Timeline (so far, with many more in the pipeline all over Cork City & County from Longueville House, Mallow, to Kinsale, to Mannings in Ballylickey, to Isaacs Restaurant  in the City – a great wine community initiative by all. We are also looking forward to various wine geese events with Tomas Clancy, John Wilson, and Leslie Williams, some of Ireland’s best known wine writers.

February Tuesday 12th February Jane Boyce, Master of Wine / wine writer / wine judge, will present a tasting of wines, including Chateau Phelan-Segur, in association with Conor O’Brien, Jim Nicholson Wines, at L’Attitude 51 Wine Cafe, Cork

March Sunday 10th March, 6.30pm Jean-Charles Cazes, owner of Chateau Lynch-Bages, Pauillac, Bordeaux and the Cazes Family Selection Wines, in association with Barry & Fitzwilliam. Presentation and tasting at The Grain Store, Ballymaloe, Shanagarry, Co. Cork, followed by wine dinner in the Yeats Room dining room at Ballymaloe House, with Jean-Charles Cazes, in association with Barry & Fitzwilliam.

Thursday March 31st – venue tbc Winemaker Anna Seifried, Seifried Wines, Nelson, New Zealand in March.Anna’s mother, Agnes Mc Carthy is from Donegal. In association with Classic Drinks.

April  – Tomás Clancy, well known wine writer, and presenter of the Irish Wines Geese series on RTE Radio, is confirmed, and will give a talk and wine tasting on his personal selection of Irish Wine Geese wines. The exact date in April, and venue, to be confirmed

May – 16th May, Fleur McCree of Little Beauty, New Zealand, in association with Maurice O’Mahony of Wine Alliance. Fleur will be retracing her family steps back to Cork.

Thursady 28th May – Presentation & tasting with winemaker Emma Cullen of Cullen Wines, Margaret River, at  Cafe Paradiso, Cork, in association with Liberty Wines

May also Saturday 18th May – Gary O’Donovan is organising a event celebrating the history, the people and the wines of the Wine Geese. The Return of the Wine Geese event will bring together wines and winery owners with Irish Heritage from around the Wine globe. O’Donovans Irish Wine Geese wine tasting, Rochestown Park Hotel, and Irish Wine Geese Dinner, Flemings Restaurant, Tivoli.

June – Mannings Emporium, Ballylickey, Co. Cork, are planning to have an event, with an Irish Wines Geese theme, in June.

12th September. ‘Its a long way from Clare to here’ – wines of the Clare Valley, South Australia with John McDonnell, Wine Australia, at Hayfield Manor Hotel

October – Thursday 10th October, 7.30pm Hennessy Cognac, with Hennessy ‘Ambassadeur de la Maison’, Marc Boissonnet, in association with Edward Dillon & Co, in the Grain Store, Ballymaloe, Co. Cork

‘For such a small country whose climate is so totally unsuited to the production of wine, have you ever thought it odd that so many chateaux bear Irish names? Well, it’s no happy coincidence that Ireland, small and viticulturally-challenged as it is, has had an influence on the global wine trade that is nothing short of remarkable – many famous vineyards and wine-making practices today owe their success to the exploits of some of our wandering ancestors. It’s a subject that has generated much interest at home and abroad and has been chronicled in great detail both by author Ted Murphy and wine correspondent Tomas Clancy. Given the year that’s in it with The Gathering Ireland 2013 attracting many of the Irish diaspora home from around the globe, we thought it only fit that The Wine Geese be invited home in recognition of the important role they have played in putting Ireland on the world’s Wine Map.’

‘In association with The Gathering Ireland 2013, we will be hosting and organizing a series of “Meet the Wine Geese” events throughout 2013, which will be open to the public. Wine Geese from across the globe, ranging from some of the more famous Bordeaux chateaux, to the smaller less-well known producers will be flying home to meet wine (and history) enthusiasts and share their stories and wines – they’ll recount their winery’s history and connections with Ireland and give a guided tasting of their wines – they talk, you taste!’

 

 

Wines of Portugal

A great presentation by Maurice O’Mahony, of Wine Alliance – with great slides showing the dramatic Douro Valley landscape, a unique part of the wine world, and a brilliant tasting of a selection of whites and reds to taste, from Quinta do Judeu, Douro and Isidro de Pegoes, Setubal. Our thanks and appreciation to Maurice for a very enjoyable and  educational evening at the cookery school.

Portugal wines

mAURICE IN DEMO

Wine Alliance demo

Upcoming wine events at Ballymaloe 2013

2013 is already looking like a good vintage – for wine events at Ballymaloe. We are looking forward to great line-up of wine events, and to welcoming Jean-Charles Cazes of Château Lynch-Bages, on March 10th, and to welcoming back Jancis Robinson MW in May 2013 as part of the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine.

Jean-Charles Cazes

Château Lynch-Bages, needs no introduction in Ireland – one of the best known, respected, collected and followed, of the ‘Irish Wine Geese’ Château of Bordeaux. We are delighted to be welcoming Jean Charles to Ballymaloe – and as part of The Gathering 2013, there will also be a series of other wine events, which are being planned for Cork City and County, throughout the year, with ‘Irish Wine Geese’ winemakers from all over the wine world, ‘flying home’.

Born in Bordeaux, Jean-Charles Cazes grew up in Pauillac in the heart of the family vineyards at Château Lynch Bages, and since 2006, taking over from his father, Jean-Michel Cazes, he has been in charge of all the family vineyards, in France and abroad. Join Jean Charles at Ballymaloe, for one, or both, of the following events – a wine tasting & presentation in the Grain Store at Ballymaloe, followed by a wine dinner, with the wines of Château Lynch Bages and The Cazes Family Collection wines. Wine tasting & presentation, by Jean Charles Cazes, at The Grain Store, Ballymaloe, 6.30pm, Sunday 10th March €18.  Followed by a wine dinner, with Jean Charles Cazes, in the Yeats Room dining room, at Ballymaloe House 8.30pm €95. Advance booking advised. Special rates also available for accommodation

Jancis Robinson MW

One of a handful of wine communicators with an international reputation, Jancis Robinson writes daily for JancisRobinson.com (voted first-ever Wine Website of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards2010), weekly for The Financial Times, and bi-monthly for a column that is syndicated around the world. She is also editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, co-author with Hugh Johnson of The World Atlas of Wine, co-author of Wine Grapes – A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours, each of these books recognised as a standard reference worldwide.

An award-winning TV presenter, she is invited all over the world to conduct wine events and act as a wine judge. In 1984 she was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and in 2003 she was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises.

She loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass.

We are delighted to be welcoming Jancis & Nick back to Ballymaloe, and looking forward to the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine

 

 

 

‘Pop-Up Wine Shop’ at Ballymaloe House

We opened a pop-up wine shop at Ballymaloe House, offering a selection of wines from the wine cellars and wine list for the festive season. In the ‘Pop-Up wine shop’ here in Ballymaloe, we have put some wines into ‘festive collections’ with Christmas and the festive season in mind – aperitif, first course, main event, sweet wines, fortified – sherry, port and madeira; a variety of large format bottles in every shape & size possible; an ‘Icon’ selection, including Chateau Petrus , Chateau Latour, Chateau Leoville Las Cases and Penfolds Grange – as well as wines for the ‘day after’ and ‘party wines’. We were delighted to welcome guest wine people who opened some of their favourite wines to taste and wine advice on all things wine related for the festive season.

 

Wine for the Festive Season wine evening, 11th December, at Ballymaloe Cookery School

‘Wine for the Festive Season’ with Colm McCan & Peter Corr, at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Tuesday 11th December, 6pm

This entertaining & educational wine evening will run like a dinner party, starting with the Aperitifs, moving on to the Main Event and finishing with the End of the Day. Presenting the evening, with wines to taste, are Colm McCan, Sommelier at Ballymaloe House & Wine Teacher at Ballymaloe Cookery School, together with Peter Corr of Febvre & Co Wine Merchants who is also a guest wine teacher at Ballymaloe Cookery School, both of whom have a combined 50 years experience in the wine world, making them the ideal guides to Festive Wines.

Amaze yourself, your family and your friends with your wine knowledge, food & wine pairing, hot tips and wine gift ideas, all with Christmas and the Festive Season in mind.

Proceeds for this evening to the East Cork Slow Food Educational Project

Peter & Colm getting into the festive spirit
Peter & Colm getting into the festive spirit

A Margaret River experience in East Cork, September 2012

On 27th September 2012, we welcomed back well known winemaker, David Hohnen, of McHenry Hohnen Wines, Margaret River, Western Australia for a wine tasting in The Grain Store at Ballymaloe. We had a number of events planned to co-incide with David’s visit – we were joined by the East Cork Cricket Club for a cricket experience on the lawn at Ballymaloe House, and also memebers of the local Kite-Surfers put on a display and demonstration – before returning to the Grain Store for David’s wine presentation & tasting on his wines from McHenry Hohnen – all followed by Ted Berner’s Wildside Cooking ‘fire-cooking’ Harvest Supper. Also see Muray Hohnen’s recent visit to Ballymaloe here

The East Cork Cricket Club at Ballymaloe House
The East Cork Cricket Club at Ballymaloe House

A New Zealand wine tasting

‘A New Zealand Wine Adventure in Ballymaloe’, which took place on Sunday 16th September.

With New Zealand winemakers Larry McKenna, Escarpment Wines, Martinborough & John Hancock, Trinity Hill Wines, Hawkes Bay.

Escarpment vineyard

John Hancock
John Hancock
Larry McKenna
Larry McKenna

Escarpment Wines are one of the success stories of the Martinborough region in the north island of New Zealand. The vineyards are dwarfed by the stunning mountain backdrop of the Aorangi Ranges, and the Te Muna Valley, where the vineyards are situated, means ‘secret’ or ‘special place’ and that is exactly how the people at Escarpment feel about the land and what it means to live, grow and make wine there.

Escarpment logo

Trinity Hill was established in the Gimblett Gravels sub-region of Hawkes Bay to produce world class wines that just happen to come from New Zealand. The emphasis is on the classic ‘Bordeaux’ varieties and Syrah for red wine from the Gimblett Gravels and Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc for

Trinity Hill collage

A great tasting with Larry and John, and thanks to Anthony Tindal, Nigel Werner and all at Tindal Wines for organising the visit of these two great New Zealand winemakers.

Mas de Daumas Gassac Long Table Dinner, 2nd August 2012

We were delighted to welcome the Guibert Family of Mas de Daumas Gassac, Aniane for a Long Table Dinner in the glasshouse at Ballymaloe Cookery School on Thursday 2nd August,  hosted by the Guibert Family and the Allen Family, with the Grand Cru wines of the estate, to launch Veronique Guibert’s cookbook ‘ Savours and Flavours of Daumas Gassac’. Ours thanks to two of Munster’s well known wine merhants, who represent Mas de Daumas Gassac, in Ireland for all their help in organising this evening –  Gary Gubbins of Red Nose Wine and Michael Kane, Curious Wines. Proceeds for the evening in aid of the East Cork Slow Food Educational Project.

Samuel and Darina
Samuel and Darina
Gary, Samuel, Veronique, Darina and Jim
Gary, Samuel, Veronique, Darina and Jim
Follow the Yellow Straw Road
Follow the Yellow Straw Road

 

Menu and table set-up
Menu and table set-up

sign for Long Table Dinner

 

Cully and Samuel
Cully and Samuel
Emer and Pam getting it all ready
Emer and Pam getting it all ready
Gary, Eileen and Sharon
Gary, Eileen and Sharon

Sign in the glasshouse

 

Long table set-up
Long table set-up

Ice bowl

Mas de Daumas Gassac Cookbook
Mas de Daumas Gassac Cookbook

Mas de Daumas Gassac boxes

 

Jimmy getting the kitchen in the glasshouse all connected
Jimmy getting the kitchen in the glasshouse all connected
Seamus and Fionn
Seamus and Fionn
Susan in the glasshouse
Susan in the glasshouse
amongst the vines
amongst the vines
Tomato sign
….the Heritage Tomato vines that is
Veronique Guibert
Mme Veronique Guibert, Mas de Daumas Gassac, and Colm, at Ballymaloe
Kitchen area all ploughed up
All over after a wonderful Long Table Dinner – the ‘kitchen’ area in the glasshouse all ploughed up and ready for sowing

For any futher information on Mas de Daumas Gassac wines, please contact wine merchant, Gary Gubbins, Red Nose Wine. Please also see the excellent video clips here from Mike & Gary’s voyage to Mas de Daumas Gassac – the vineyard here and the winery here

The Glasshouse at Ballymaloe School
The Glasshouse at Ballymaloe School

 

RAchel, Gary and Mike highlighting the Mas de Daumas Gassac Long Table dinner - with some giant glasses for fun, in the wine cellar at Ballymaloe House
Rachel, Gary and Mike highlighting the Mas de Daumas Gassac Long Table dinner – with some giant glasses for fun, in the wine cellar at Ballymaloe House