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Veuve Clicquot House of Champagne - based in Reims since 1772
Champagne is a wine of legend. Since 1772, the entire history of the Veuve Clicquot House is marked by mythical wines, all of which respect the demand for quality that was the force that drove Madame Clicquot. True to this heritage, the House is proud of its motto: “Only one quality, the finest”. A short lineage of just 10 Cellar Masters has led this quest for quality, thereby ensuring the continuity of the Veuve Clicquot style: strength and complexity. Veuve Clicquot priors itself on excellence and quality.
Join us on Tuesday 28th of March from 11am to 1pm at Ely CHQ for a masterclass and tasting hosted by Julie Dupouy, Sommelier at the Greenhouse Restaurant and Brand Ambassador for Edward Dillon’s Champagne Portfolio.
To book a place contact Julie Dupouy down2wine@gmail.com
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Cassidy Wines 40th Anniversary Portfolio Tasting Monday, 27th March 2017 In the Round Room, at the Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2 12.30pm – 5.00pm The tasting will feature wineries from across our portfolio, and will also include Craft Beers and Spirits from the Cassidy Craft Collection. RSVP Amanda Cardiff Tel: (01) 4668900 Mail: amanda.cardiff@cassidywines.com

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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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Ilario Alberto Capraro, Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, The Island, Waterford won the title of National Cocktail Champion 2017. ORGANISED ANNUALLY BY THE BARTENDERS ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND AND SPONSORED BY EDWARD DILLON & CO. LTD

Ilario Alberto Capraro, Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, The Island, Waterford won the title of National Cocktail Champion 2017. ORGANISED ANNUALLY BY THE BARTENDERS ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND AND SPONSORED BY EDWARD DILLON & CO. LTD

NATIONAL HOSPITALITY STUDENT COCKTAIL CHAMPION  Aleksandra Wisniewska, Waterford Institute of Technology

NATIONAL HOSPITALITY STUDENT COCKTAIL CHAMPION
Aleksandra Wisniewska, Waterford Institute of Technology

Oliver Murtagh, council member was a judge at the competitions held at CATEX, RDS 21st – 23rd February,2017

 

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For more information about the event contact the event co-ordinator, Jean Smullen:

Mobile:  (086) 816 8468
Email:  jean@jeansmullen.com

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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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