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Nollaig Naofa

Beannachtaí  Íosa

Nollaig Chroíúil

Is Bliain Nua Maith

 With Best Wishes For Christmas

And The New Year from Mary O’ Callaghan, President Irish Guild of Sommeliers


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The Guild Christmas Lunch (3 Course lunch) in Ely Brasserie, CHQ Building ISFC, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, will be  on Sunday 4th December at 3.30pm. We have exclusive use of a private cellar room until 7.30pm. Cost €55p.p ( service charge included). to include one third bottle wine per guest.
If you are interested in attending please send Cheque, Bank Draft or Postal Order for €55.00 payable to Irish Guild of Sommeliers by 18th November,2016 to Harriet Connolly, Treasurer, 163, Bracken Hill, Blackglen Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18.


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The next council meeting will be held on 13th December,  2016, 11am 

at The Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin 1

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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.

14th November


The tasting with Charles Derain about White Burgundy wines was extremely interesting. It was a great opportunity to discover and rediscover the multitude of facets of white Burgundy wines.Charles, previous Head Sommelier from Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud and now owner of “Nomad wines company” demonstrated the importance and impact of terroir throughout Burgundy wine regions. Charles’ knowledge is second to none when it comes to Burgundy wines and it was a privilege to have him share his knowledge and passion with the Guild.
A masterclass about red wines from Burgundy should be taking place during the new year as Charles kindly offered to share more of his knowledge with the Guild. (Date to be confirmed)
1st November
The tasting on Tuesday given by Barbara Boyle MW from Mason Wine company was extremely interesting.
Barbara talked to us about the impact of temperature of service on Rubis Port and tawny Port. This topic was her research paper for the Master of Wine.
It was fascinating to see how different the perception of aromas/flavours/tannin/alcohol/acidity/sweetness, etc was with the different temperatures of service. This is was an especially interesting topic for the trade as having access to such knowledge could help customers’ experience of Port wines be improved in restaurants and hotels.
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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.

Sept 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.

Please RSVP to or     by Thursday 17 November

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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.

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.

Posted 3/10/2016.


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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: