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Wine & Drink Events The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Lit-Fest of Food & Wine

We are delighted to announce a series of exciting wine based events to be held at The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Lit-Fest of Food & Wine 2014.

The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Lit-Fest of Food & Wine 2014 will be held on May 16, 17 & 18 2014.

See the full list of Wine & Drink Events at The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Lit-Fest of Food & Wine 2014

Ballymaloe wins 'Best Restaurant Wine List & Wine Service' Award

We were delighted to win the nationwide award for 'Best Restaurant Wine List and Wine Service' in the annual wine awards by well known wine writer, Tomás Clancy, published in the Sunday Business Post.

We are thrilled and delighted, and lovely acknowledgement for the great team here at Ballymaloe, and also special to retain the award for the second year running.

Wine Event with Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena

Delighted to be welcoming Bo Barret, owner and winemaker of Chateau Montelena to Ballymaloe, on Friday 7th February,.

Wine presentation and tasting in The Grain Store at Balymaloe, 7pm, Friday 7th February. Tickets €18 Wine bookings and enquries colm@ballymaloe.ie

A Wine Geese event with John Wilson

We are delighted to be welcoming John Wilson, wine writer, The Irish Times, to Cork, on Thursday 5th December. John will give a presentation and wine tasting based around the famous Corkman and wine writer Maurice Healy.

John will be joined by Dermot Sugrue (Co. Limerick born, and features on P98 of this months Decanter Magazine) now of Wiston Sparkling Wine, Sussex (link here to Dermot

http://wistonestate.com/about_winemaker.php

Rhône Wine Tasting

Rhône Wine Week takes place from 25th to 30th November 2013 around the country. We’ve also come across claims that St Patrick himself brought Syrah to the Rhône (and we’d like to think he did) then for Rhône Wine Week we are in a way welcoming home many of our own. Syrah is one of the main grape varieties grown in the Rhône Valley; it is truly at home in this region.

Visit the Ballymaloe pop up wine shop at the newly launched Food Emporium at Brown Thomas Cork, on Saturday 30th November, pop in anytime from from 10.30am - 6.30pm

Taylor's Port & Cheese Tasting

Chris Forbes from Taylor's Port will be popping into the Ballymaloe pop up wine shop in Brown Thomas Cork, where we'll be holding a tasting of different styles of Taylor's Port.

There will also be a cheese tasting with Sarah & Sergio Furno from Cashel Blue Cheese and Crozier Blue Cheese

A Journey through the Wine Regions of Spain

September 12th

A Journey through the Wine Regions of Spain, wine tasting with winemaker Telmo Rodríguez, one of Spain's most celebrated winemakers, in association with Wines of Spain, 12th September.

Ballymaloe pop up wine shop

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.

'Riesling Revolution - A journey to the heart of this great wine’

Ballymaloe House, in association with Wine Australia, is thrilled to present this very interesting wine event.

Thursday May 17th, 2012, 7pm, The Grain Store, Ballymaloe, Shanagarry, Co. Cork

Riesling presents a conundrum. For some it produces the greatest white wines in the world, yet misunderstood and ridiculed by many. Our presentation, plus a 12 wine tasting, followed by a Summer supper, aims to resolves these two disparate points of view. Joining us to present the evening are 3 winemakers from some of the great Riesling growing regions of the world.

Wine Awards

The February 2010 issue Lonely Planet magazine includes the spring wine course at Ballymaloe House in Co Cork among their listing of 10 BEST WEEKEND COURSES.

It is the only wine course to be chosen in a wide-ranging article about 52 interesting weekend breaks in many different countries. There is an appealing symmetry to the accolade, too, as these wine appreciation weekends at Ballymaloe are now in their tenth year.

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