Thursday, April 11, 2013

Food and Drink Spotting. A Wine Geese Special.

Food and Drink Spotting

The Wine Geese Events

Next event in the series of WineGeese events,sees one of Ireland's most gifted and respected wine writers and broadcasters visit Ireland's wine capital!
Tomás Clancy, well known Wine Writer and Presenter of the Irish Wine Geese series on RTE's Lyric FM, will talk about the incredible influence that the Irish have had (and continue to have) on the world of wine. He will also guide us on a wine tasting of his personal selection of Irish Wine Geese wines. It promises to be a wonderful evening
If you would like to listen to his brilliant four part radio series on the Wine Geese, the link can be found on Tomas Clancy's website here
A special visit deserves a special venue and the WineGeese oranisers are delighted to be hosting this talk and tasting in the Sculpture Galleries Room in the  Crawford Art Gallery in Cork's City centre.

Thursday April 25th. 6.30pm Cost: €10
Venue : Crawford Art Gallery
Booking is strongly advised as all events to date have sold out quickly.
To book, please contact Colm McCan on 021 4652 531
or by email on
Another one for the diary
Thursday May 16th
Venue : Latitude 51
Fleur McCree of Little Beauty, Marlborough, New Zealand, will retrace her family steps back to Cork in a presentation and tasting of her wines in association with Maurice O’Mahony of Wine Alliance.

A Dublin Bay Wine Experience 

Thomas Barton wines are sponsoring the one-woman play ‘A Wine Goose Chase’ by Susan Boyle as part of the ‘Bringing the Wine Geese Home’ initiative at the Dublin Bay Wine Experience, which is taking place in Dun Laoghaire on May 18th and 19th.

‘Bringing the Wine Geese Home’ is a wine initiative, in association with The Gathering, which will feature wine events and promotions that focus on wineries with an Irish connection.

 ‘A Wine Goose Chase’ play is the story of the Irish men who left Ireland in the 18th Century and established themselves in the wine industry around the world. It seems only fitting that Irishman Thomas Barton is a part of the storyline as he established Barton & Guestier, Ireland’s most loved French wine brand, in 1725.

Originally from Fermanagh, Thomas Barton travelled to Bordeaux and set up business as a wine merchant. When Thomas died in 1780, his grandson Hugh took over the business. During the French revolution, Hugh Barton was imprisoned and condemned to the guillotine in Bordeaux in 1794. He escaped and sailed back to Ireland with his wife, leaving his business in the hand of his French friend Daniel Guestier. Hugh came back to France in 1802 where he and Daniel Guestier teamed up and the brand Barton & Guestier was born.

In the 1830s Hugh Barton came back to Ireland to retire, where he first bought and lived in Barberstown Castle, before buying some land in Straffan in Co. Kildare to build his family home, the Straffan house, which is now the East Wing of the K Club. In the late 1830’s Hugh’s son, Thomas Johnston Barton, bought the Glendalough estate in Annamoe in Co. Wicklow.

And....the Irish connections don’t stop there! Thomas’s daughter Anna married Professor Robert Caesar Childers and their grandson was Erskine Childers, who went on to become the fourth President of Ireland in 1973!

Samples of the exquisite Thomas Barton Reserve Medoc will be available throughout the performance for the audience’s added enjoyment.

Tickets €15pp and can be purchased from:
 The offices of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chambers or from


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