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.

Course Details.

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;    to reserve a place.   Places will be allocated on a first come basis.

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To book a place on any of the following email Julie Dupouy at

1st November,2016

Port and the impact of service temperature

 Barbara Mason is currently preparing a thesis for a master of wine about the impact of service temperature on the different types of Port (LBV, Tawny, etc.) She is offering to lead a masterclass about Port & Port service temperature.


14th November,2016

White Burgundy from North to South with Charles Derain

This first tasting with Charles Derain will be kindly offered free of charge. It will be an occasion to talk about and understand better the different terroirs of Burgundy through its white grape varieties. 


All tastings 11am to 1pm  at ely bar & brasserie,  Address: CHQ Building ISFC, Georges Dock, Dublin 1

The room will have tables, chairs and spittoons.
Members need to bring their own tasting glasses as they won’t be provided at the venue.


Tastings organised by 

Julie Dupouy, Council Menber &
Best Sommelier in Ireland since 2009 (Irish Guild of Sommeliers)
3rd Best Sommelier in the World 2016 (ASI)
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The next council meeting will be held on 8th November,  2016, 11am 

at The Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin 1

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17th October, 2016

Campania, Basilicata and Sicily with Enrico Fantasia

The tasting on Monday 17th October went very well and was extremely interesting. 12 members attended the tasting.
Enrico Fantasia, who owns Grapecircus wine company and Piglet wine bar in Dublin, gave  a fantastic talk and tasting about indigenous grapes of Campania, Calabria and Sicily. We got the chance to discover and rediscover grapes such as Falanghina, Greco Bianco, Fiano, Nerello Mascalese, Magliocco, Frappato. Enrico’s knowledge is incredible and not only he talked with true passion about these wines but he also had plenty of anecdotes and historical references to keep things entertaining and interesting.
 The wines tasted on the day were :
Falanghia Irpinia DOC “insania” Bambinuto 2015,Fiano Cilento “Cumale”Casebiancho 2014,Greco di Tufo DOCG “Picoli”, Bambinuto 2013,Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, Judeka 2015
Etna Rosso DOC, Guardoilvento, 2014, Calabria Rosso IGP, Chora, 2013,Calabria Rosso IGP, Toccomagiocco 2008
The tasting concluded with a sparkling Aglianico from Campania called “Il Fric” and produced by “Methode Ancestrale”


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.

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The Economic and Commercial Office  of the Spanish Embassy and

WINES from SPAIN invite members of the trade and media to attend the


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:

Please extend the invitation to the fair to your colleagues in the trade.

R.V.S.P. Pablo Poveda. Tel (01) 6616313

Register online at:

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)
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 The Lebanese wine event will take place in On the Grapevine, 26 Castle Street, Dalkey  on Wed 26th October, 2016.leb

Tickets for the tasting are now on sale for €20.00 and are available to buy at On the Grapevine in Dalkey.

 For more information contact the event organiser: Jean Smullen Tel: (086) 816 8468 E:
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WSET Diploma – Dublin 2016 – See details under EducationWSET School London


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Meet some of South Africa’s  best and most exciting winemakers
On Tuesday 13th September, 2016 at Drury Buildings, 52-55 Drury Street, Dublin 2.  Time:  14:00 – 18:00

Marelise Niemann (Momento), Ginny Povall (Botanica), Duncan Savage (Savage Wines), John Seccombe (Thorne and Daughters), Alex Starey (Keermont), Pieter Walser (BlankBottle). Also wines from Testalonga, Badenhorst, Newton Johnson, Tim Martin, David Sadie, Donovan Rall, Alheit, De Morgenzon and Ghost Corner.

This is a walkaround tasting open to trade and press only.
If you would like to attend

Participating importers: Kinnegar Wines, LaRousse, Liberty, James Nicholsons, WineMason

David Sadie and Donovan Rall, both members of the Swartland Independentwill be presenting  a tasting of their onMonday next September 5th at Ely Wine Bar 22 Ely Place, Dublin 2 from  4-6pm. These are exceptional wines that have only just reached Ireland’s shores for the first time ever. A tasting not to be missed, please RSVP To:

Dr Éilís Cryan Dip WSET

Kinnegar Wines, Importer of South Africa’s most exciting wines

Phone: +353 87 2586016 

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A film which exposes one of the greatest wine cons of all time and is sure to be a big hit with anyone who appreciates a good glass of wine, will have its Irish premiere at the Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival 3-7 August, Headfort House, Kells, Co Meath.

When one thinks of heist movies, they generally don’t think of Beaujolais but in the extraordinary new documentary film Sour Grapes,  filmmakers Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas unpick the story of Rudy Kurniawan — a phony wine savant who was able to surround himself with society’s elite and earn millions auctioning counterfeit vintages. Kurniawan could mimic the rarest vintages by cracking into high society circles. Billionaire Bill Koch even purchased about $4 million worth of Kurniawan’s stock — which the infamous financier eventually found to be bogus.  See the film and hear more from filmmaker, Jerry Rothwell at Guth Gafa on Saturday 6 August at 6pm in the magnificent Adam Room at Headfort House and why not come along at 5pm when there will be a wine tasting sponsored by Sheridan’s Cheesemongers. For full programme details check out  Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival