The last tasting of the year will be taking place on Tuesday 7th of November. Bren Smith from Mackenway will be hosting a comparative tasting of cool climate Chardonnay against warm Climate Chardonnay. It will be a great opportunity to understand better the impact of not only climate but also terroir and winemaking choices on the Chardonnay grape.
The tasting will take place in Ely CHQ from 11am to 1pm.
Please do not forget to bring you own glasses.
Please book with Julie at down2wine@gmail.com
Preliminary Notice
Irish Guild of Sommeliers National Sommelier Competition will take place in January,2018.(date, time and venue to be decided).
If you wish to enter this competition email your CV to andrew.ogorman2015@gmail.com
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The next council meeting will be held  on 14th November, 11am 

at The Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin 1

 

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A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa 2017

 

12 Semifinalists in Vienna

 

The first stage of the 2017 A.S.I. (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) Contest of the Best Sommelier of Europe taking place in Vienna, Austria, came to and end on Tuesday May 9th in the evening with the announcement of the twelve candidates selected after the quarter final through several written and practical tests.

37 sommeliers from 34 European countries and 3 from the Africa area had come to Austria with one objective : to win the title as Arvid Rosengren did in Sanremo, Italy, in 2013.

 

The 12 candidates selected for the semifinal are :

  • Christian Jacobsen (Danemark/Denmark),
  • David Biraud (France),
  • Terry Kandylis (Grèce/Greece),
  • Julie Dupouy (Irlande/Ireland),
  • Raimonds Tomson (Lettonie/Latvia),
  • Piotr Pietras (Pologne/Poland),
  • Julia Scavo (Roumanie/Romania),
  • Aleksandr Rassadkin (Russie/Russia),
  • Jakub Pribyl (République Tchèque/Czech Republic),
  • Eric Zwiebel (Royaume-Uni/United Kingdom),
  • Robert Andersson (Suède/Sweden),
  • Fabio Masi (Suisse/Switzerland).

 

Finalists

David Biraud (France), Raimonds Tomsons (Latvia), Piotr Pietras (Poland) and Julia Scavo (Romania)

Winner

Raimonds Tomsons (Latvia)

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16th May
The tasting will take place on Tuesday 16th of May, from 11am to 1pm, in Ely’s Brasserie (CHQ). After last’s year masterclass on white wines from Burgundy, Charles Derain will be back to talk to us about Pinot Noir from the very same region. It will be a unique chance to listen to one of the best Burgundy experts in Ireland and to explore the different facets of Pinot Noir. Please book a space by contacting Julie at down2wine@gmail.com.
Don’t forget to bring your glasses.
Tastings at ely bar & brasserie, CHQ Building ISFC, Georges Dock, Dublin 1
Bring your tasting glasses as none will be supplied at the venue.
If you are not a member but would like to attend, please contact Julie Dupouy-Young at down2wine@gmail.com for more details.
Members attending Official Tastings and Functions are required to have neat attire and behave in a professional manner so as not to impair the reputation of the Guild.        
  Tasting organised by 

Julie Dupouy, Council Menber &

Best Sommelier in Ireland since 2009 (Irish Guild of Sommeliers)

3rd Best Sommelier in the World 2016 (ASI)

New Zealand Winegrowers 2017 Sommit Scholarship recipient
Tasting reports
On Tuesday 28th of February, Rafael Salazar of Vinos Tito wine Company, organised a fascinating masterclass for the Irish Guild of Sommeliers. From its recognition as a DO in 1925 and then as a DOCa in 1991 until now, Rioja has known many revolutions. By sharing his knowledge and passion and thanks to a carefully chosen wine selection, Rafael demonstrated that Rioja is a complex topic driven by many different schools of thought and styles.
The wines tasted on the day were :
White wines:
Rioja Jequitiba, Olivier Riviere, 2013
Rioja, Vina Tondonia, Bodega Lopez de Heredia, 2003
Red wines :
Rioja, Vina Cubillo, Bodega Lopez de Heredia, 2008
Rioja, Vina Bosconia, Bodega Lopez de Heredia, 2004
Rioja, La vinas de Eusebio, Olivier Riviere, 2013
Rioja La Condenada, Bodega Artuke, 2013
Rioja, Granja Remulliri, Gran Reserva, 2010
 Thank to Rafael for putting together such an interesting masterclass and for sharing some of his precious time and knowledge with us.
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Tuesday 7th of February - 11am-1pm - Ian Brosnan, wine director of Ely Wine Bars, will be giving us a tasting about Australian Wines. Ian has recently been participating in the James Busby’s trip to Australia and came back from it with plenty of new information.
The Australian Wine tasting on Tuesday 7th February went extremely well.
Ian Brosnan introduced  6 different wines of extremely high quality. He sourced some of the wines through wine Australia who were kind enough to offer them to us. (Including one bottle of Bindi Chardonnay). Ian’s knowledge about the topic was outstanding and his presentation was superb.
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Julie Dupouys, Irlanda

 

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)