Wine & Drink Event

Breakfast in Burgundy

The experience of living in Burgundy with its wine, people and food, as told by Raymond Blake, the Wine Editor of Ireland’s Food & Wine Magazine. Raymonds presentation will be informal, educational and presented in a relaxed style. There will be some delicious wines from Burgundy to taste to help us to savour the flavour of that region which is so rich in fine foods and fine wines

The Naked Grape

Natural Wine with Colm McCan and Pascal Rossignol - talk & tasting on natural wines.

The term “natural wine” is not a certification, it is intended to highlight growers who work in a particular fashion, with minimal mediation, ideally to obtain the purest articulation of terroir, fruit or vintage in the wine.

Chateau Leoville Barton and Chateau Coutet Barsac

Wine presentation and wine tasting with Lilian Barton of Chateau Leoville Barton and Aline Baly of Chateau Coutet Barsac

An opportunity to have a tutored tasting from two of the best known and respected winemakers in Bordeaux. Lilian and Aline will introduce their renowned Chateaux and their wines. Talk and tasting

Ottolenghi Pop-up Dinner with wines of Telmo Rodriguez

Pop-Up Dinner with Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi including wines from Telmo Rodriguez

Sherry, Madeira and Port

‘Sherry, Madeira and Port - the world of Fortified Wines’ – a panel of wine & drinks experts in conversation with Colm McCan, including Chris Forbes (Taylors Port) Raymond Blake (Food & Wine Magazine), Tom Doorley and John Wilson. Talk & tasting.

The fascinating world of fortified wines, will be discussed here, with a tasting to match, covering wines from Sherry, to Port, to Madeira.

The Ancient Art of Cooperage

Presentation and talk on barrels and Coopergae with Ger Buckley, Master Cooper, Midleton Distillery

The fascinating world of everything to do with barrels is brought to life here in this demonstration by one of Ireland’s Master Coopers, Ger Buckley, from the local Midleton Distillery. This ancient craft and skill, dating back thousands of years is expertly demonstrated by Ger using many of the ancient tools of the trade which in many ways are as beautiful in themselves as the finished and perfectly formed barrels.

Beer in a wine writers glass

Talk and tasting with some of Ireland best known wine writers who will each give a tasting and presentation on a particular Irish craft beer.

Smoked Salmon – with a glass of wine or a Ball O’ Malt or artisan cider?

‘Smoked Salmon – with a glass of wine, or a Ball O’ Malt or artisan cider?’ – talk and tasting with Dave Broom, Whiskey Writer, Leslie Williams, Wine Writer, Daniel Emerson of Stonewell Cider and Anthony Creswell, Smoked Salmon producer – includes smoked salmon tasting with wine, whiskey and artisan cider.

Irish Craft Beer & Artisan Irish Cider

‘Irish Craft Beer & Artisan Irish Cider’ - presentation and tasting with the producers.

Meet some of the top producers of Craft Beer and Artisan Cider, as they give a talk & tasting on what is new and happening in Craft Beer and Artisan Cider in Ireland today.

Oak and its influences in the drinks world

‘Oak and its influence in the drinks world’ – presentation and tasting with Leslie Williams, wine writer, The Examiner, and Ger Buckley, Master Cooper, Midleton Distillery

The influence of oak and barrels in the world of wine, whiskey and drinks in general will be the subject of this talk and tasting, with Master Cooper, Ger Buckley, from Midleton Distillery and Leslie Williams, Wine & Drinks Writer, The Examiner.

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