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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).



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


Raimonds Tomsons (Latvia)


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Posted by irishguild
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
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 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.


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.

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)

Irish Guild of Sommeliers selected  Shane McHugh from Co. Roscommon & The Savoy Grill in London, part of the Gordon Ramsay Group as their competitor for the above competition

Shane Mc Hugh 2016




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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


Posted by irishguild
The funeral of TP Whelehan  took place in Dublin on 12th July.Many figures from the wine trade attended the funeral Mass in St John the Baptist Church in Blackrock. The eulogy was delivered by TP’s brother Harry Whelehan, the former attorney general.

The late Mr Whelehan was a wine writer at a time when wine sales in Ireland were considerably lower than they are today, and consumer knowledge and education were much less well developed.

Against this background, his articles stood out as hugely influential in the development of wine appreciation in Ireland. He was considered one of the most informed wine tasters in Ireland.

Mr Whelehan ran a substantial family business, distributing pharmaceutical and other products. It was sold to the Verbena Group in 2010.

Mr Whelehan and his wife Anne had three children: Rebecca, Kevin and David, who has followed in his father’s footsteps in developing an expertise in wine. He runs the wine shop and restaurant, Whelehan’s Wines, in Loughlinstown in south Dublin.

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Dublin wine tasting with Lynne Coyle MW

Dublin wine tasting with Lynne Coyle MW, wine buyer for O’Briens where she will present some of her most favourite summer wines from Europe. Thursday June 30th in the Fitzwilliam hotel. Tickets €15


Albariño on Tour:

Taste seven Albariños with matching Spanish Tapas introduced by three different wine experts, starting with
Liam Campbell in Limerick’s No. 1 Pery Square Hotel on 30th June
The Twelve Hotel, Galway 7th July with Elizabeth Fox
 The Green Man in Terenure, Dublin on 13th July with Leslie Williams from7pm-9pm.
Tickets €25 direct at each venue:
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Mary O' Callaghan, President Irish Guild of Sommeliers attending the GA in Belgrade 5th June

Mary O’ Callaghan, President Irish Guild of Sommeliers attending the GA in Belgrade 5th June



I am writing to you regarding a business trip we are currently organising on behalf of the German Ministry of Agriculture and Food  for German producers.

Amongst the participants are several German vintners, as well as a wine merchant.

They will be in Dublin between the 8th and 10th of June 2016 and would like to meet with potential Irish partners that are interested in the products and would like to discuss future partnership possibilities.

Furthermore, we are also hosting a German-Irish Presentation and Networking Event on the 9th of June 2016, 5.00 PM at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

Should this information be of interest to your members, we would really appreciate it if you could publish those events on your website.

Please find attached an invitation to the event on the 9th of June and a list of German companies, who are interested in meeting with Irish partners.

We will gladly provide you with further details if needed! Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Further details under NEWS on this website