We are delighted to have recently opened a pop up wine shop in Brown Thomas Cork, to showcase a selection of wines from the award winning Ballymaloe wine cellar. Continuing the innovative tradition started by the late Mr Ivan Allen, when he started the Ballymaloe wine cellar almost 50 year ago, along with Jim Whelan, and the work by his grandson, Sacha Whelan. We are delighted to offer the Ballymaloe wine experience in Brown Thomas Cork, with a team from Ballymaloe, including Daphne, Nicola, Colm, and Fionn. Of interest also, is that the Brown Thomas building was designed by Fionn’s great-grandfather (Mrs Myrtle Allen’s father, Arthur Hill, was a renowned Cork city architect, who designed the building in 1924) The pop up wine shop in Brown Thomas Cork, builds on the success of the Ballymaloe pop up wine shops: at Christmas time (awarded Top 5 new wine shops in 2012), the pop up wine during the international Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine, and also last year’s Cork Food Festival, which was awarded a Bridgestone Guide, coupled with the accolades the wine list and cellar have been awarded over the years, including Best Wine List Award 2012 (nationwide) –Tomas Clancy, Sunday Business Post; The Automobile Association Notable Wine List Award 2012; The Georgina Campbell Wine Award 2010; The Lonely Planet Magazine Best Wine Weekend worldwide 2010 (for our annual wine weekend courses with well known wine writer, Mary Dowey); The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2009 and The Daily Telegraph Top 10 Wine Courses in UK & Ireland 2008 (we were the only one listed in Ireland). Ballymaloe continue to run a series of world class wine events in The Grain Store at Ballymaloe, welcoming the top names in the wine world for wine events, along with the international Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine with key Irish and International wine writers winemakers. One of Ireland’s top graffiti artists, Adam ‘Dusto’ O’Connor, who created the amazing murals at the Literary Festival, created the unique wine art piece, painted on timber wine boxes, pictured above in the Ballymaloe pop up in Brown Thomas. Fellow artist, Simon, also created a unique wine mosaic inspired by the label of Domaine Leflaive, ranked No. 1 white winemaker in the world, and recent visitor to Ballymaloe for one of our wine events. We also recently planted some vines at Ballymaloe Cookery School – so there is now a small vineyard in East Cork, and we are very excited about this new project – who knows if this lovely weather continues, we may have some local wine available in the Ballymaloe pop up wine shop in Brown Thomas! Now, time for tennis anyone! And some award winning English sparkling wines.