Upcoming wine/whiskey/cognac events in 2013


Upcoming wine/whiskey/cognac events in 2013, include:

– Visit of Jean-Charles Cazes, of Chateau Lynch-Bages, Pauillac, Bordeaux, to Ballymaloe on Sunday, 10th March 2013, in association with Michael Barry, Barry & Fitzwilliam

– Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine, 3rd – 6th May 2013 with national and international food and drinks writers from Ireland and all over the world, coming to East Cork for the inaugural international ‘Literary Festival of Food and Wine’ – including Jancis Robinson MW,  Mary Dowey, Tom Doorley, John Wilson alongside iconic food names, to name but some of the 40 speakers (see www.litfest.ie – full confirmation of programme of events & details soon)

– Hennesy Cognac event, at Ballymaloe, 10th October 2013, in association with Edward Dillon & Co


Further details here on all these events

‘Bringing the Wine Geese Home’


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!’



A vineyard planted at Ballymaloe Cookery School

We are very excited to be in the middle of planning some vines here in the cookery school gardens, and although there are vines here for many years in the glasshouse, this is the first time we will plant a quantity outside,  at Ballymaloe Cookery School. We are delighted to have the assistance of David Dennison, who has several hundred vines planted, over the course of many years, this past decade in Co.Waterford. David spoke to the students today, about this project. David is pictured here  with Rachel Allen and Eileen  O’Donovan, who is in charge of the gardens at the cookery school, along with Susan Turner, Consultant Gardener – the vines, a range of varieties, from classic varieties to more hardier varieties well suited to our climate and latitude, include Orion, Bacchus, Solaris, Rondo – and Pinot Noir! They will be in the best of hands with all the brilliant gardeners (viticulturists!) here.  An exciting project indeed.An Irish wine talk

Rachel Allen and David Dennison

A vineyard project in East Cork

Eileen, Head Gardener and David Dennison

Vines arrived
Vines arrived


A good spot
A good spot
Ballymaloe Terroir
Ballymaloe Terroir
Viticulture in Shanagarry
Viticulture in Shanagarry
Vines planted. Now It all depends on the weather
Vines planted. Now It all depends on the weather

We also have some vines in the glasshouse – just in case! Looking good here (May 2013)

Indoor vines




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


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




Ballymaloe awarded ‘Best Restaurant Wine List and Wine Service’ (nationwide)

We were all delighted in Ballymaloe to be recently awarded ‘Best restaurant wine list and wine service (nationwide)’ by Tomás Clancy in his annual Sunday Business Post wine awards, published 6th January, 2013.

We were also delighted that our pop-up wine shop at Ballymaloe featured in the Top 5 ‘Best new wine merchants’.

Our congratulations to all listed and to Ireland’s vibrant wine community.

‘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