O Donovan Off Licence “The Return of The Wine Geese” Banquet



Bringing The Wine Geese Home

Gala Banquet at Flemings Restaurant, Cork City

Saturday 18th May 2013

7.30pm Drinks Reception


“The Return of The Wine Geese” Banquet will bring together wines with an Irish heritage from around the globe with wonderful food in the beautiful Flemings Restaurant.

You will taste wonderful wines from The McKenna Collection from Unduragga, Chateau de la Ligne, Chateau McCarthy, Chateau Bellevue La Forêt and Charmes de Magnol to name but a few!  Also served will be an aperitif from Pernod Ricard and a digestif from Hennessy Cognac.

There will wine drama from Susan Boyle who has wowed audiences with her Wine Geese Drama.

A night not to be missed!


Pate de Foie Gras

Pate of Foie Gras, served with its own jelly, Tossed leaf salad and melba toast


Conift de Voalille , wonton de Canard

Home smoked chicken ballotine and wonton of duck confit, Served with a compote of fresh orange


Paupiette de sole Limande

Paupiette of sole served with pink grapefruit , served with a light saffron sauce


Sorbet de champagne

Champagne sorbet served with passion fruit and a sweet balsamic glaze


Longe D’agneau roti

Roast Loin of Lamb, ragout of sweetbread and a light rosemary jus


Trio de Fromage

Tipperary mature Cashel Blue, West Cork Milleens, Cork Hegarty’s cheddar



Tart au Citron, vanilla ice-cream and marinated strawberries



Reservations can be made with O’Donovans Off Licence Head Office only and are €100 per person.

Tickets are limited to 4 per booking and must be pre-paid.

Contact Deirdre or Rose on 021-4296060 for details.


A wonderful evening of wine and the winegeese story with Tomás Clancy


Tomás Clancy travelled the long journey from Dublin to the wine capital of Ireland and captivated the audience for over two hours with his wonderful telling of the history of Ireland’s WineGeese. It was a talk and tasting of two halves. The first half took place in the Crawford Art Gallery where guests tasted the following whites

  • L’Abeille de Fieuzal, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux 2009
  • Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2010


From there, we all headed a few yards down the road to the beautiful Cork Opera House where the tale continued and we tasted some lovely reds

  • Chateau De La Ligne, Bordeaux 2008
  • Chateau Leoville Barton, St-Julien, Bordeaux 2004
  • Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2003

The event was sold out completely with everyone getting into the spirit of the occasion. Tomás was such a superb speaker and it was obvious how incredibly knowledgeable he is on the history of the WineGeese and how much he loves the subject. His talk was captivating, educational, funny and effortless. He is such a natural speaker.


We were delighted that Ted Murphy could also join us on the night. Ted’s book “A Kingdom of Wine” is the definitive work on the history of the Irish in the world of wine.

Two of the guests on the night wrote wonderful articles on the evenings events so click on the links below to read them

Article by Billy Lyons

Article By Roz Crowley

The next WineGeese event takes place on Thursday the 16th of May in Latitude 51 where Fleur McCree of Little Beauty New Zealand will talk about and pour her fantastic range of single vineyard wines from Marlborough

Visit to Ballymaloe of Jean-Charles Cazes of Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac, Bordeaux


Visit of Jean-Charles Cazes, of Chateau Lynch-Bages, Pauillac, Bordeaux, and the Cazes Family Selection Wines, to the Grain Store, at Ballymaloe, Shanagary, Co. Cork on Sunday, 10th March 2013


The Grain Store, Ballymaloe, 6.30pm, Sunday 10th March €18

Wine tasting & presentation, by Jean Charles Cazes, showing a selection of different wines from the Cazes Family Selection wines, including Chateau Lynch-Bages. Advance booking strongly advised. Special rates also available for accommodation.

Picture of Jean Charles Cazes

We are delighted to be welcoming Jean-Charles to Ballymaloe, in association with Michael Barry and all the team at Barry & Fitzwilliam. Château Lynch-Bages, needs no introduction in Ireland – one of the best known, respected, collected and followed, of the ‘Irish Wine Geese’ Château of Bordeaux. Born in Bordeaux, Jean-Charles Cazes grew up in Pauillac in the heart of the family vineyards at Château Lynch Bages, and since 2006, taking over from his father, Jean-Michel Cazes, he has been in charge of all the family vineyards, in France and abroad.

the vineyard Chateau Lynch bages

Cazes Family Selection wines include Michel Lynch, Pauillac de Lynch Bages, Echo de Lynch Bages, Blanc de Lynch Bages, and of course Chateau Lynch-Bages, and also Chateau Les Ormes de Pez, in St-Estephe, Bordeaux,  and Chateau Villa-Bel Air, Graves, Bordeaux, as well as a wine in the Douro produced in association with  Quinta do Crasto, and also a wine produced in Australia in association with renowned Australian winemaker, Brian Croser, and Bollinger Champagne, a wine called Tapanappa. In association with Jean-Charles Cazes, and Michael Barry, and the team here at Ballymaloe, we will shortly be finalising the line-up of wines to be shown here, from the impressive selection of wines that Jean-Charles Cazes and his Family produce.


(The tasting and presentation in The Grain Store is followed by a wine dinner in the dining room in Ballymaloe House, with Jean Charles Cazes, showing a selection of wines from the Cazes Family Selection wines, including Chateau Lynch-Bages, at Ballymaloe House 8.30pm €95 **Please note, the dinner is now waitlisted–but please do leave details if you would like to be contacted in case there are cancellations (there are still places available for the presentation |& tasting in the Grain Store at 6.30pm) **)

Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Co. Cork

Tel: 021 4652531


For bookings and further enquiries for this event at Ballymaloe, please contact Colm colm@ballymaloe.ie