â€˜WEâ€™RE BRINGING THE WINE GEESE HOMEâ€™ (regional event)
In association with The Gathering 2013, and the broader vibrant wine community of Cork City and County, including Beverley Mathews of Lâ€™Attitude 51 Wine Cafe, Cork City and Maurice Oâ€™Mahony of Wine Alliance,Â Colm is delighted to be involved with this wine community initiative to â€˜bring the wine geese homeâ€™ 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 â€˜Wine Geeseâ€™ events.
Next upcoming event is on this Tuesday evening, 12th February, 7pm, in Lâ€™Atitude51 Wine Cafe in Cork City â€“ 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 RestaurantÂ in the City â€“ 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 Irelandâ€™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 Oâ€™Brien, Jim Nicholson Wines, at Lâ€™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 â€“ venue tbc Winemaker Anna Seifried, Seifried Wines, Nelson, New Zealand in March.Annaâ€™s mother, Agnes Mc Carthy is from Donegal. In association with Classic Drinks.
AprilÂ – TomÃ¡s 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 Oâ€™Mahony of Wine Alliance. Fleur will be retracing her family steps back to Cork.
Thursady 28th May â€“ Presentation & tasting with winemaker Emma Cullen of Cullen Wines, Margaret River, atÂ 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. Oâ€™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. â€˜Its a long way from Clare to hereâ€™ â€“ 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 â€˜Ambassadeur de la Maisonâ€™, Marc Boissonnet, in association with Edward Dillon & Co, in the Grain Store, Ballymaloe, Co. Cork
â€˜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, itâ€™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. Itâ€™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 thatâ€™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 worldâ€™s Wine Map.â€™
â€˜In association with The Gathering Ireland 2013, we will be hosting and organizing a series of â€œMeet the Wine Geeseâ€ 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 â€“ theyâ€™ll recount their wineryâ€™s history and connections with Ireland and give a guided tasting of their wines â€“ they talk, you taste!â€™