The inaugural international Literary Festival of Food and Wine took place at Ballymaloe House, Grainstore and Cookery School over the May Bank Holiday wekend, 3 – 6 May. A magical weekend was had, with many wine & drinks events, and here are a selection of photographs and some links to write-up on the weekend. We are already looking forward to 2014 Literary Festival!
With Eric Narioo of Les Caves des PyrÃ¨ne and Pascal Rossignol of Le Caveau
Talk and wine tasting ofÂ a selection ofÂ artisan wines, at Ballymaloe House, Sunday 26th May, 6pm
Eric from Les Caves de PyrÃ¨ne, Surrey, and Pascal from Le Caveau, Kilkenny, both specialise in artisan wines sourced from individual growers, that are ‘true to where they come from, which are made by hand with minimal interventions in the vineyard and winery, and which show maximum respect for nature and the environment’.
– 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,Â 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
â€˜A New Zealand Wine Adventure in Ballymaloeâ€™, which took place on Sunday 16th September.
With New Zealand winemakers Larry McKenna, Escarpment Wines, Martinborough & John Hancock, Trinity Hill Wines, Hawkes Bay.
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.
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 â€˜Bordeauxâ€™ varieties and Syrah for red wine from the Gimblett Gravels and Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc for
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.
Itâ€™s a long way from Clare to here â€¦. â€˜A Taste of Clare in East Corkâ€™
was held recently in Ballymaloe, with winemaker Dave Palmer, Skillogalee Wines, Clare Valley, South Australia
& Artisan food producers from Co. Clare, Ireland,Â Birgitta Curtin of The Burren Smokehouse and SiobhÃ¡n Ni Ghairbhith,Â of St.Tola Goats Cheese
Skillogalee is a family-owned, highly acclaimed, boutique winery set amongst wooded hills in the picturesque Clare Valley, in South Australia.â€˜Our favourite South Australian wineryâ€™ Lonely Planet
â€˜Australian Top 100â€™ â€“ Matthew Jukes
Niels Verburg, owner & winemaker at Luddite Wines, Bot River, South Africa gave a terrific wine presentation, including a selection of Chenin Blanc’s from South Africa and four different vintages of his award winning Shiraz – finishing off with a tasting of his freshly pressed Olive Oil. After Niels presentation & tasting, we all enjoyed Ted Berner’s Wildside Catering traditional South African Braai, with NielsÂ on hand demonstrating the art of Sabrage to open Sparkling Wine.
The guests enjoyed what was a fantastic line-up of wines from Bubble Brothers,Â including Chateau Beaucastel and Avignonesi including their rare Vin Santo
Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano 2009
Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Grande Annate 2006
Avignonesi Desiderio Cortona 2006
Avignonesi Vin Santo 1997 – this wasÂ a real, rare treat – the reputation preceding the tasting of this unique Vin Santo, lived up to its expectations in the glass! Please see the link here to learn more about the Avignonesi Vin Santo
John Quinlan, from Shanagarry, Co. Cork, and wine & bar man at Ballymaloe, is presently in The Barossa, South Australia learning all about making wine – who knows, with John’s new found expertise, there might well be a Chateau Shanagarry in the future! John is working in Thorn Clarke winery in The Barossa – pictured below in the middle of harvest.
We wish John a busy and sucessful vintage, and no doubt John will also take the opportunity to catch up with many of the famous names in the Barossa Valley, and beyond, whom he met during their visits to Ballymaloe over the years, along with everything from the Wine Australia presentations and tasting by John McDonnell, Wine Australia Ireland, who is a regular guest wine lecturer at Ballymaloe Cookery School. See Yalumba’s Jane Ferrari visit to BallymaloeÂ here, and Turkey Flat’s Christie Schultz visit to Ballymaloe here (also mentioned in today’s Irish Times wine column, on The Barossa, by John Wilson).
Delighted to welcome to Ballymaloe, Chris and Robyn Pfeiffer, Pfeiffer Wines, Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia, pictured here taking some time out of their busy schedule, and ahead of a very special tasting in Cork city on Tuesday 6th December.
Chris gave a terrific presentation & tasting on Australiaâ€™s Sweet & Fortified Wines in Cork City’s Hayfield Manor Hotel, with John McDonnell, Wine Australia Ireland (John is well known to all here, as a regular guest wine speaker at Ballymaloe Cookery School). The event was held at Hayfield Manor where the Sommelier is Sandra Biret-Crowley. Our thanks to Sandra and all at Hayfield, and to Chris & Robyn Pfeiffer, and John McDonnell, Wine Australia Ireland, for another great wine event. Some photos of the evening –
Pictured above with Ballymaloe’s Samuel Chantoiseau, is Sandra Biret-Crowley, Sommelier, Hayfield Manor and Billy Lyons (see Billy’s article about this great event, on his blog ‘Restaurants and Food in Cork’ here)
A photographic tour of a wonderful part of the world that is the famous region of Sherry â€“ steeped in tradition with an amazing food, and wine, culture stretching back over 3000 years. Photos by Hazel Allen, Ballymaloe, taken during her recent visit to the region â€“ capturing the magic of this special corner of the wine world.
We were delighted to have welcomed to Ballymaloe in 2011, Cesar Saldana, Consejo Regulador, Jerez in May, and Oscar Bayo, of Gonzalez Byass in November.