Just back from the first edition of Ballymaloe LitFest, and what a wonderful week-end that was; the line-up of International and Irish speakers was unique, and so was the quality of the presentations, forums, pop-ups, tasting and demos. No doubt as Food and Wine festivals go, there will be a pre and a post-LitFest.
On the wine side, there was a mountain of interesting events, Ballymaloe resident-Sommelier Colm McCan lined up an impressive list of talks, tasting and presentations,
Our own presentation with Mary Dowey 'Going Natural, new trends in wine' went really well - we had a full house at the Carrigaun Room, and the wines showed very well.
The themes of the presentations were:
, illustrated with Valpolicella Classico 'Saseti' 2011, Monte dall'Ora
, Vouvray 'la dilettante' 2011, Pierre et Catherine Breton
No Sulphites added
, Vina Almate Tempranillo 2012, Alfredo Maestro Tejero
, Vinsobres 2010, Chaume-Arnaud
If you want to read more about our event and the LitFest festival, look-up Billy Lyons' excellent blog here
The next day, it was Jancis Robinson's inspiring 'Wine Grapes' presentation and tasting. Jancis lined-up 8 wines, including two of our imports:
Chateau du Cedre, Cahors Cuvée GC 2007
Charles Hours Jurancon 2011 'Clos Uroulat'
Read Jancis Robinson own report here
And to the Big Shed... what a brilliant place to be, the food, the atmosphere, the family-friendliness, and the party atmosphere in the evening were memorable. If you enjoyed the wines served there, chances are they were one of these:
Alain Brumont, Gros Manseng-Sauvignon 2011, Pays de Gascogne
Vouvray 'la dilettante' 2011, Pierre et Catherine Breton
Valpolicella Classico 'Saseti' 2011, Monte dall'Ora
read more on what went on in the big shed in Joe McNamee's brilliant piece here
Full report on LitFest by John and Sally McKenna & Team here