WINE – THE BEAUTY OF BLENDING panel discussion (talk & tasting)
Single varietal wines have been fashionable for years. Many traditional wine-producing regions reluctantly add the grape variety to their labels. Now some markets are beginning to demand wines made from several grapes. Are blended wines on the way back in? A panel of wine writers will give a presentation and tasting on ‘Wine – The Beauty of Blending’
THE LITERATURE OF BURGUNDY with Raymond Blake (talk & tasting)
A look at the wine writings on one of the best known wine regions, Burgundy. Join Raymond Blake, Author of ‘Breakfast in Burgundy, about his experiences of living in Burgundy. Raymond Blake, wine editor of Food & Wine Magazine, will give a talk on the region with reference to the various wine writers and wine related literature of Burgundy over the years. This will be an informal and educational event conducted in a relaxed style. There will also be some delicious wines from Burgundy to taste.
RUM with Dave Broom and Nick Strangeway (talk & tasting)
Dave Broom and Nick Strangeway will be looking at the forgotten history of rum and Ireland: from Irish-born pirates like Anne Bonny to the fathoming of punch bowls in the 18th century, rum smuggling, the drink's decline and recent revival that has made rum one of the hottest drink categories of the moment.
Dave and Nick will lead a tasting of a selection of rum styles - and drink deeply of creations from the masterly hand of Nick Strangeway!
FORGOTTEN SKILLS - COOPERAGE with 5th Generation Master Cooper, Ger Buckley (demonstration)
A demonstration by Ger Buckley, Master Cooper at the local Midleton Distillery. The ancient craft and skill, dating back thousands of years will be expertly demonstrated by Ger, with barrels and the ancient tools still in use today.
IS WINE GOING OUT OF FASHION - panel discussion with John Wilson
For years wine was seen as the fashionable sophisticated drink. Now spirits, cocktails and beer, once seen as passé, have become viable alternatives both as an aperitif and with food. Is wine becoming something that your parents drank?
Join John Wilson and a panel of wine & drinks experts for what promises to be a lively discussion!
Keep up to date with all the news leading up to The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine.
The inaugural Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine 2013 brought 8000 people onto the grounds of Ballymaloe House and Cookery School including national and international authors, chefs, foragers, educators, wine experts, gardeners, publishers, TV presenters, bloggers and journalists.