A group from the Irish Guild of Sommeliers visited the White Hag Brewery, Ballymote, Co. Sligo on 12th April. Thanks to Amy O’ Callaghan and Do the Brewer for giving the group a most informative tour of the brewery and an excellent tasting of a diverse range of craft beers. https://thewhitehag.com/
A presentation was made to Amy O’ Callaghan by Oliver J. Murtagh, President Irish Guild of Sommeliers on behalf of the visiting group.
HAGSTRAVAGANZA at The White Hag Brewery
Since we started the brewery in 2014, we have met some brilliant characters and brewery crews across world. It struck us that when two or more breweries get together the atmosphere turns into a collaborative, collective aspiration to work together in pursuit of endless possibilities.
We also noticed that the best events are run by breweries hosting other breweries, and we’ve wanted to create that type of event since we’ve started out. Our Second Birthday allowed us realise we could do it properly when 260 beer fans turned up at two weeks notice, to drink with us and our favourite breweries. Last year 23 of the best breweries we’ve met on our travels brought beers never poured in Ireland, and joined over 1000 punters in descending on Ballymote to create a magical festival, HAGSTRAVAGANZA. So we’re doing it again.
We are focusing on bringing sixteen breweries from ten countries leading the way in craft beer, pouring three beers each. We will also have a select crew of the best Irish Breweries pouring a unique beer each. Aside from breweries who we’ve done collaborations with, ALL of the breweries are new to HAGSTRAVAGANZA, and ALL of the beers have never been poured here before.
So, lets get you some tickets… https://www.eventbrite.ie
When: 28th July 2018, 2pm – 10pm
Where: The White Hag Brewery, Ballymote, Co Sligo.
The 2018 Argentine Trade Tasting will take place in the Wellesley and Fitzgerald Rooms at the Merrion Hotel, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2 from 12:00 – 18:00. Trade & Press only.
The 2018 Argentine Fair is being jointly organised by Wines of Argentina and the Embassy of Argentina in Dublin. Contact: Diego Sadofschi or Andrés Guiñazú Embassy of Argentina E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSVP Jean Smullen
Telephone (086) 816 8468
Guild Officers 2018/2019
Oliver Murtagh President, Harriet Connolly Treasurer, Andrew O’ Gorman, Secretary, Seamus Murray Vice President Irish Guild of Sommeliers
Congratulations to Julie Dupouy on Winning the Irish Guild of Sommeliers Best Sommelier of Ireland Competition 2018 which took place today at the School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology, DIT Cathal Brugha Street Dublin
JULIE TAKES SOMMELIER CROWN
Julie Dupouy –Young has been crowned ‘Best Sommelier in Ireland’ by the Irish Guild of Sommeliers.
She is pictured with her trophy which was presented by Oliver Murtagh, President of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers. (Picture by James Robinson).
The French-born sommelier, who had just moved from the Greenhouse Restaurant to Chapter One, emerged winner in a day-long competition held at DIT Cathal Brugha Street.
She scored highest marks following a series of tests involving theory and practical work, in which sommeliers from some of Ireland’s leading hotels and restaurants also participated.
Tomasz Szczepanski , head sommelier at Shanahan’s Restaurant in Dublin was runner-up and Andrezej Dasiak sommelier at Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone was placed third.
The prizes were presented by Oliver Murtagh, president of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers, who thanked wine sponsors Wines Direct, the management of DIT Cathal Brugha Street and the judges for their involvement in the competition. Photos by Jimmie Robinson
Mary O’ Callaghan, Council member and immediate Past President IGS, former Best Sommelier and International competitor
Attila Pecsi, Sommelier, General Manager, Fishbone Restaurant, Dublin
Anke Hartmann, Sommelier, Operations Manager, The Press Up Group of Hotels and Restaurants, Dublin
Judith Boyle, Lecturer Food and Wine, School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology
Frank Corr, Journalist, Editor, Author and founder of HOSPITALITYENEWS.ie, Hon. Member IGS
Balazs Kiss, Sommelier, Hospitality Training Manager, Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin
Ian Brosnan, Sommelier, Wine Director, Ely Restaurants, Dublin
Oliver J. Murtagh, President IGS, Tony Conlon immediate past Vice President IGS, Mike O’ Connor, Assistant Head of School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, DIT, Seamus Murray, council member IGS, John Rigby, Past President IGS and council member IGS, Andrew O’ Gorman, Secretary IGS
Wines sponsored by Wines Direct www.winesdirect.ie
Photography by Jimmie Robinson
The Best Sommelier of Ireland Competition 2018
Report by Andrew O’ Gorman, Secretary Irish Guild of Sommeliers
A day of intense competition took place at the Blue Room Restaurant, School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin on Wednesday 7th March competitors from prestigious establishments battled it out for the title of Irish Guild of Sommeliers Best Sommelier of Ireland title 2018.
A wide ranging questionnaire and written analysis of a red wine and a white wine were completed by all the candidates and from that emerged three finalists after a very close contest.
The three finalists were as follows: Julie Dupouy, Chapter One Restaurant, Dublin, Tomasz Szczepanski , Shanahans on the Green Restaurant, Dublin and Andrzej Dasiak, Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. All finalists displayed their skills and knowledge over a wide range of practical tasks judged by an expert panel of judges representing the hospitality industry, hospitality education and journalism. The entire competition was overseen and run in a professional manner by Oliver J. Murtagh, President Irish Guild of Sommeliers ably assisted by the technical committee.
After an intense afternoon of competition Julie Dupouy emerged as the eventual winner with Tomasz first runner up and Andrzej in third place. The judging panels were high in their praise of all three finalists and stated that Julie Dupouy was a worthy winner after a highly contested competition by the other candidates. The wines for the competition were sponsored by Wines Direct www.winesdirect.ie
Mike O’ Connor, Head of Academic Studies DIT stated that it was an honour to host such a prestigious competition at DIT and went on to say “The School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology at DIT has been in existence under different guises for over half a century and has an international reputation for the excellence of its graduates. It is the leading provider of education, training and research for the culinary and food-related industries in Ireland. The School provides a range of unique and innovative programmes in a modular format including higher certificate, degree, masters’ degree and postgraduate research degrees.”
The “sobering challenge” posed by Brexit to the Irish Tourist industry was highlighted. With its negative effects on visitor numbers from a weakened sterling and uncertainty reminds us that we are an island nation dependent on the vagaries of other large economies and there is never room for complacency in the hotel and restaurant sector.
Oliver J. Murtagh President thanked all the competitors for entering and hoped they enjoyed the experience and encouraged them to continue with their studies. He wished them all well for the future in their chosen profession.
2018 Irish Guild of Sommeliers Best Sommelier of Ireland Competition will take place on the 7th March,2018 at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin,1
Maîtres d’hôtel, servers, restaurateurs and all other individuals holding a sommelier role in the dining room of a licensed establishment in which wine is sold, provided they justify an experience of at least two years in the profession prior to the competition. All entrants must be fully paid members up of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers.
All completed applications including confirmation of employment can be emailed to the Secretary Andrew O’ Gorman Email: email@example.com for approval. Acceptance of the applications will be confirmed based on the Rules and Regulations for the competition.
Forms were emailed to members on 9th January, 2018 with a closing date of the 22nd January, 2018 for receipt of entries.
The next council meeting will be held on 13th February, 2018, 11am
AGM 13th March,2018, 11am
Both meetings at The Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin 1
INVITATION TO ATTEND FRENCH WINE DISCOVERIES FAIR
Discover the diversity of French wines & meet 30 French Producers in Dublin
|• From boutique family producers to negociants and cooperatives
• Fantastic regional representation from the classics to emerging regions
• Wine suitable to all trade sectors – both on and off-trade / independents and multiplesThe French Wine Discoveries Fair will feature wines regions that include,
Alsace, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Cognac,Languedoc/Roussillon, Loire Valley, Rhône Valley, Provence, Savoy and Sud Ouest.To see the list of participating producers CLICK BELOW:
https://jeansmullen.com/WineDiary/Index/138Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8.
Date: Monday 15th January, 2017RSVP to: Jean Smullen Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone (086) 816 8468
Annual Portfolio tasting on the 20th of Feb in the Guinness Storehouse
Invitation to attend the 21st Annual trade tasting featuring New Zealand Wine at the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4. Thurs 18th Jan 2018 Time: 14:00-18:00
Masterclass presented by Martin Moran MW entitled New Zealand Aromatic Varieties and Smaller Plantings will commence at 13:00 Places MUST be pre-booked and are offered on a first-come, first served basis. Please email Jean to book a place.
Participating wineries at the 2018 New Zealand Wine Fair include:
Akarua, Babich, Blank Canvas, Brancott Estate, Burn Cottage, Cloudy Bay, Delta Vineyard, Felton Road, Foley Family Wines, Framingham Wines, Giesen, Greywacke, Hennessy Hall Wine Co, Kim Crawford, Kumeu River Wines, Lawsons Dry Hills, Marisco, Mount Riley, Oyster Bay, Pegasus Bay, Rapaura Springs, Saint Clair Family Estate, Spy Valley Wines, Stoneleigh, te Pa Family Vineyards, Tinpot Hut, Trinity Hill, Villa Maria, Wild Earth, Wither Hills, Yealands Family Wines
To register to attend or to book a place on the Masterclass contact Jean Smullen
Dublin: Email: email@example.com
Telephone (086) 816 8468
Next council meeting 10th April 11am at the Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin.