The next council meeting will be held on 13th December, 2016, 11am
at The Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin 1
A big thank you to Ely CHQ and in particular Ian Brosnan for their support with the organisation of the tastings. There was no charge for the room this year and this was extremely generous of them.
17th October, 2016
Campania, Basilicata and Sicily with Enrico Fantasia
15th September,2016 Masterclass with Alex Starey, South Africa. This was an excellent tasting
Tim Aiken regards Keermont as a “first growth” level in South Afica in his classification. Alex Starey is in charge of viticulture and winemaking at Keermont, a boutique winery set in an amphitheatre between the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountain ranges. This masterclass was organized by Barbara from Mason wines.
19th September, 2016
Masterclass with Harriet Tindal 0n Climate change and its influence on alcohol levels in classic regions. This was an excellent tasting.
Reports on tastings submitted by Julie Dupouy
Wines from Spain and the Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen Ribera del Duero would like to invite you to a special masterclass tasting of some of the sensational wines from D.O. Ribera del Duero in:
No. 25 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2 on Monday 21st November at 3 p.m.
Agustin Alonso González, Technical Director of D.O. Ribera del Duero and Vicente Marco Casamayor, the D.O. Ribera del Duero Director of Communications, will lead this tasting masterclass, ranging from the young ‘Joven’ wines to the great ‘Gran Reservas’ – wines of exemplary depth and balance, powerful and elegant, and great wines for food.
Wine has been produced in the beautiful wine region of Ribera del Duero since Roman times. Just two hours north of Madrid, there are over 270 vineyards following the banks of the Duero River in the Castilla y León region, a flowing swathe of land that’s approximately 115 kms long and 35 kms wide.
This is an opportunity to take a guided tour through some of the best wines of the region, led by experts.
Bren here from Mackenway Wines.
I am delighted to invite you to a not to be missed ARGENTINEAN WINE MASTERCLASS on Tuesday, November 8th2016. Together with Ally in The Celtic Whiskey Shop, we will be hosting ‘TASTE THE ANDES’ with Robert Bruijnzeels. In the tasting we will explore both of Argentina’s premier wine regions of Mendoza & San Juan, including wines from the iconic Valle de Uco, the exciting Tulum Valley and the premium Valle de Pedernal.
The tasting is next week and RSVP is essential, full details of the tasting are below,
Date: Tuesday, November 8th 2016
Time: 11.00 hrs-13.00 hrs
Location: Fade Street Social
The Irish Guild of Sommeliers in partnership with the Restaurants Association of Ireland is delighted to announce that they are holding a comprehensive sommelier training course for the wine and catering trade. This will be an opportunity to update skills and to learn about current developments in the industry.
Objective of the Course.
To provide participants with the knowledge and service skills which are necessary to provide a top quality wine and beverage service.
The 12 week course will consist of 10 lectures commencing on Monday’s 10am to 2pm
7 November 2016 to 5th December,2016
9th January,2017 to 6th February,2017
13th February, 2017 Examination
27th Feburary,2017 Graduation
Each lecture will include one hour of tasting 6 wines.
€350.00 per person
Please contact Max Dubois; email@example.com to reserve a place. Places will be allocated on a first come basis.
The Economic and Commercial Office of the Spanish Embassy and
WINES from SPAIN invite members of the trade and media to attend the
“WINES FROM SPAIN TRADE TASTING”
Tuesday, 4th October 2016
Shelbourne Hotel (separate entrance)
27 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
12 pm – 5.30 pm
Wines from the Region of Valencia: Castellón, Valencia, Utiel-Requena & Alicante
Spanish Gastronomy Table by chef Sebastian Sainz . Tastings 1 & 3 pm
Masterclass with Audrey Doré, Sommelier at El Celler de Can Roca Restaurant. 12.15 pm
Wine Tasting Wines from the Region of Valencia: Castellón, Valencia, Utiel-Requena & Alicante
with Pablo Calatayud from Celler del Roure and wine expert David B. López. 4.15 pm
Places are limited and require registration: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please extend the invitation to the fair to your colleagues in the trade.
R.V.S.P. Pablo Poveda. email@example.com Tel (01) 6616313
Register online at: http://bit.ly/2be9FfZ
Media Release: 12 September, 2016
New Zealand Winegrowers 2017 Sommit scholarship recipients announced
New Zealand Winegrowers have today announced the names of three successful sommeliers who have been chosen to participate in the 2017 Sommit Scholarship from the UK and Ireland.
The 2017 programme includes two Sommits (each is one and a half days long), and runs from 26 January to 6 February 2017 in New Zealand. The successful sommeliers will each attend one of the two events.
New Zealand based Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas and Master of Wine Stephen Wong will host the Sommits, which will be targeted solely at the interests of sommeliers, and include a deep dive into some little known, interesting aspects of New Zealand wine.
The first Sommit will be held on Waiheke Island, known as the ‘Island of wine’, situated in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. Attendees then travel to the Aromatics Symposium in Nelson, before crossing the Cook Strait to Pinot Noir NZ 2017 (Pinot2017) in Wellington. Described as ‘the best Pinot Noir event on the planet’, Pinot2017 showcases top New Zealand Pinot Noir, and attracts some of the world’s greatest minds and palates on the subject.
The second Sommit will take place in Wairarapa, following Pinot2017, and is preceded by a Classic Reds Symposium, held in Hawke’s Bay, featuring Syrah, Cabernets and Merlot. The Symposium will include a full day Classic Reds Masterclass, showcasing the best examples of these varieties, following specific themes.
The three successful sommeliers are:
• Julie Dupouy – The Greenhouse Restaurant, Dublin
• James Payne – Sandeman’s Restaurant at Fonab Castle Hotel, Scotland
• Melody Wong – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London
“Following the inaugural Sommit in 2016, New Zealand Winegrowers extended the scholarship to sommeliers working in the UK and Ireland. We had a huge number of high quality applicants, but the three selected stood out as being extremely passionate, and eager to immerse themselves in the world of New Zealand wine.” said Chris Stroud, Marketing Manager, Europe.
“We are confident that Julie, James and Melody will be strong, influential and enthusiastic ambassadors for New Zealand wine in the UK and Ireland.”
- New Zealand wine exports have reached a new record high of $1.54 billion for the 2015 year, up 14% on 2014 according to New Zealand Winegrowers.
- New Zealand wine is exported to more than 90 countries, and is New Zealand’s 6th largest export good.
- Julie Dupouy, Council Menber Irish Guild of Sommeliers &
Best Sommelier in Ireland since 2009 (Irish Guild of Sommeliers)3rd Best Sommelier in the World 2016 (ASI)
Tickets for the tasting are now on sale for €20.00 and are available to buy at On the Grapevine in Dalkey.