livestream of ASI Competition Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania 18 October

 livestream of ASI Competition Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania

We offer a livestream of the finals of ASI Competition Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania.You can also follow our social media channels to get more insights. FacebookInstagram and Twitter. The hastags we are using are #asiasiaoceania2018, #asibestsomm, #asisommsThe stream will start on Thursday, October 18th 2018 at 14.30 h (Japanese time / GMT +09:00) and you can see it here below

If the stream should not be visible here, please view it directly at ASI’s YouTube-Channel.

Chilean Open Pour Tasting Tuesday 23rd October

The Embassy of Chile in Ireland have great pleasure in inviting you to attend aChilean Open Pour Tasting in Dublin on Tuesday 23rd October, 2018
The wines will be available to taste from 11:30 – 17:30

The tasting will take place at theEmbassy of Chile, 44 Wellington Road, Dublin 4.
The format of the tasting is as follows:

  • Wines will be lined up by region
  • No wineries or agents will be present, allowing you to taste uninterrupted
  • Tasting Catalogue listing RSP and stockists will be provided

We hope you will be able to join us to see what Chile has to offer.  A light lunch will be available from 12:30 – 13:30
We look forward to seeing you then.

Cristian Streeter
Chilean Ambassador to Ireland

From a market perspective, Chile is still the number one country of origin for Irish wine drinkers, with Australia, France and Spain following after that.  Sales of new world wine continue to account for 62.9% of all wine sales on the Irish market in 2017

R.S.V.P. To
Jean Smullen – Tel: (086) 816 8468

“Albarino/Alvarinho”Masterclass 12th of November – CANCELLED

“On Monday 12th of November from 10.30am to 12pm, Bren Smith, from Mackenway Distributor Limited, will be hosting a masterclass for the Irish Guild of Sommeliers. The theme will be “Albarino/Alvarinho” with wines coming from different countries, including Uruguay!
To book your seat, please contact you julie at
Please note this tasting will be starting at 10.30am sharp so please make sure to arrive 10-15 minutes in advance. Also, please bring your own tasting glasses. The venue for this tasting will be Ely CHQ.”

Masterclass organized  by Julie Dupouy

Best Sommelier in Ireland 2018 (IGS)

3rd Best Sommelier in the World 2016 (ASI)

WSET Diploma

WSET Sake Level 3



As part of the annual Rhône Wine Week activities in Ireland, Côtes du Rhône wines would like to invite you to The Big Rhône Tasting, taking place on Tuesday 6 November 2018 at ely Bar & Brasserie in Dublin.

The tasting will be an opportunity to try over an exciting range of Rhône wines from a diverse range of interesting and innovative producers. The wines on offer will include Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages as well as wines from the Northern and Southern Crus of the Rhône Valley.

The tasting will be an opportunity to try over an exciting range of Rhône wines from a diverse range of interesting and innovative producers. The wines on offer will include Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages as well as wines from the Northern and Southern Cru of the Rhône Valley.

Masterclass for the Off Trade  11.00-12.00 p.m.

Title:   “Retailing Rhône and why to go off the beaten track
Our tasting takes a look at some of the Rhône‘s smaller less well known southern AOP’s including Rasteau, Gigondas and Vacqueyras.  We will explore Côtes du Rhône and the rise in popularity of lighter red wine styles and of course, we will look at white wine styles from the Rhône.  The tasting will highlight current consumer trends and why the southern Rhône is such an important category for Irish retailers.

Masterclass for the Restaurant Trade  03.30-04.30 p.m.

Title:   “Rhône wine regions take another look”
We will explore and the rise in popularity of lighter red wine Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Village  and will look at why they are such a good fit with a broad range of menu styles.  We take a look at current consumer trends and why it’s worth going off the beaten track with some of the Rhône’s less well known appellations.   We know that when dining out for a special occasion, such as an anniversary dinner, when the Irish consumer trades up it is usually with a French wine.  Rhône offers great value and punch way above their weight in terms of price/quality and margin.  Our restaurant masterclass will highlight some of the key wines currently available and will also look at white wine styles from the Rhône.

The masterclass will be presented by Jean Smullen WSET Dip
Places are limited, therefore if you would like to attend please RSVP by Thursday 1 November  to confirm your place at the Masterclass.
The Big Rhône Tasting

Date:                     Tuesday 6 November 2018
Time:                    10.30am to 5pm
Location:               ely Bar & Brasserie IFSC  Dublin 1
by Tuesday 1 November 2018

Pembroke Wines

Pembroke Wines



22nd October, 2018

10.30AM – 5.30PM

Pembroke Wines is thrilled to invite you to taste the wines from our portfolio. A host of very special guests on the day will be pouring their own wines. These include Anthony Hamilton-Russell from South Africa, Comtesse Alexandra de Vezailles of the historic Chateau des Bachelards in Beaujolais, and Benjamin Laroche from Chablis.

We are thrilled to announce that we will be representing the legendary wines of Stephen and Prue Henschke from Australia, and the highly-respected Pinot Noirs from actor Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks estate in Central Otago, New Zealand.

We now represent Bodegas Pujanza, the much-heralded Rioja producer. Be sure to taste these!

This is a wonderful opportunity to prepare your wine lists for the upcoming festive season, and to try a few gems that we don’t usually have open.

Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming, and feel free to bring your colleagues along, or to share this invitation with anyone from the trade who might like to attend.


Bodega Garzon – Uruguayan Wine Master Class -CANCELLED

Bodega Garzon – Uruguayan Wine Master Class

Date: Monday 1st of October

Time: 10.30am (please be there 10/15 minutes earlier)

Where: Ely CHQ

Please  book with Julie Dupouy at

There is a charge of €10 for non members attending

Thanks to Bren Smith Mackenway Wines for offering this masterclass to the Guild

Bodega Garzon – Urugyan Wine Master Class by Alexander Griffiths

Located in a fantastic setting 525ft (160m) above sea level in the Garzón hills some 5km from the Atlantic Ocean, Bodega Garzón is considered the most extraordinary wine estate in Uruguay.  With the advice of world renowned enologist Alberto Antonini, the hills of Bodega Garzon were planted with a complex network of vineyards that produce wines with a strong identity, expressing the inimitable character and features of the Garzón terroir.

During the tasting Alexander Griffiths from Bodega Garzon will take the Guild members through a range of seven wines from Bodega Garzon, explaining the planting practices, micro climates and wine making process which combine as making the fabulous Bodega Garzon wines and explain why the world is looking at Uruguayan wines with a whole new set of eyes.

Masterclass organized  by Julie Dupouy

Best Sommelier in Ireland 2018 (IGS)

3rd Best Sommelier in the World 2016 (ASI)

WSET Diploma

WSET Sake Level 3

Dear Members,

Please make a special effort to attend & be in attendance 10/15 minutes before the masterclass commences.

Your full attention should be given to the presenter and given the respect he deserves.


Report on masterclass and tasting of Sherry wines from Fernando di Castilla


“On Monday 19th of September, Jan Pettersen, owner of Bodega Fernando de Castilla, in Jerez, hosted a masterclass for the members of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers.
This was a fantastic opportunity for our members to discover or rediscover the different styles of wines produced in the region of Jerez guided by the expertise of Jan. Some of the wines tasted included their classic Fino, aged under flor for 3-5  years. A light-bodied wine, made from free run juice only, with a lots of salty characters ; ideal pairing with fresh oysters according to Jan.
The next two wines were two Amontillado with two different ages, the Antique being over 20 years old. Amontillado wines start as Fino and after a few years, the wines are fortified to a higher level of alcohol (18% abv.) to continue their ageing in an oxidative environement which will gives them some richer, earthier, more savoury characters.
The last two dry wines of the day were the Oloroso from the House and the very rare Palo Cortado.
The tasting was concluded with a sampling of a very old Pedro Ximenes. A wine with an average of 500 gr/L of sugar but demonstrating an incredible balance. Intense, luxurious and incredibly complex, a real meditation wine.
Finally, Jan introduced one of his newest creation. A vermouth based on Sherry wines and over 20 botanicals. A beverage not available in Ireland yet but with great potential to seduce the Irish consumers!
Thank you very much to Jan Petterser and to Tindal wine company for organising such a special masterclass”
Report by Julie Dupouy
Best Sommelier in Ireland 2018 (IGS)
3rd Best Sommelier in the World 2016 (ASI)
WSET Diploma
WSET Sake Level 3

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Countdown to the ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019

The partners joined Antwerp to accompany this presentation of the competition to the press.
 The partners joined Antwerp to accompany this presentation of the competition to the press.

The diamond capital will become that of the sommellerie next March. An exceptional meeting of which Terre de Vins will be one of the partners.

Fifty years after the first ASI competition for Best Sommelier in the World won by Frenchman Armand Melkonian, Belgium has been preparing for more than two years to welcome once again (*) the most prestigious event. And this Tuesday, September 18, less than six months of the event, the case took a very concrete turn with a presentation of the stakes of the competition, the ambitions of the organizers and the commitment of the partners.

While the member countries of the International Sommellerie Association still have a few weeks to select and register their representative, the three shots were given in a building with futuristic architecture that dominates the commercial port of the Flemish city. In the presence of Andrès Rosberg , Michèle Chantôme and Philippe Faure-Brac , respectively president, secretary general and treasurer of the ASI, William Wouters, president of the Gilde of the sommeliers of Belgium, spoke with humor and emotion the long preparatory work.

For if the more than sixty expected participants train on a daily basis in order to better defend their chances, in the shadows a team of volunteers works in Belgium to offer them the best possible conditions during the competition. And here, everything is a matter of means! The contribution of the partners at the forefront of which include the wines of the Cotes du Rhone and Austrian Wine is therefore essential to accommodate the national delegations and the media that will follow the contest disputed in three stages.

A multi-faceted contest

In this context, Terre de Vins (represented in Antwerp by Rodolphe Wartel its director) and its readers will occupy a privileged place since our title was chosen as a press partner for France as were Decanter for the United Kingdom and Meininger for Germany. A media orientation that goes in the direction desired by President Andres Rosberg upon his election, a little over a year ago in Bordeaux.

The contest is also an exceptional promotional showcase. To exploit this facet, France wine has largely mobilized in the image of Gérard Bertrand, the Malartic vineyards, the Clarence Dillon estate and the Perrin Family who have joined a very international pool of support where appear actors of the world Portuguese, Italian and Spanish winemakers. Domains and houses that will accompany the competition with master classes, tastings and presentations during the lunches and dinners planned in Antwerp from March 10th to 15th.

Finally, the diamond world will also contribute with, for the winner, a cluster-shaped brooch set with white and green diamonds. A unique model specially made for the occasion by the Untold house.

(*) In Brussels in 1983, after two Italian successes, Jean-Luc Pouteau brought the title back to France.

Below: Rodolphe Wartel and William Wouters united by the same desire to promote the profession of sommelier through the 2019 world.

California Wines’ Sommelier Sessions!



Become part of the brand-new California Wines’ Sommelier Sessions!

We will run a series of Sommelier-led wine sessions. These will not only be a great opportunity to network with your peers, but also to train and develop your California wine knowledge and your Sommelier skills. An ideal opportunity for those preparing for their WSET qualifications, MW or Court of Master Sommelier exams. Anja Breit, former Head Sommelier of the two Michelin starred Ledbury Restaurant in London, will lead the Sommelier Sessions.

How Sommelier Sessions works:

We will organise several different wine club activities such as masterclasses, wine talks/discussions and blind tastings. You will have the opportunity to taste 12 – 20 Californian wines at each session. 

Our inaugural tasting is on Monday 17th September, at Pembroke Wines, Burlington House, Waterloo Lane, D4, from 3-5pm.

And we kick off with a blind tasting! Wines will be divided into flights, themed by region or variety, and tasted along with some themed questions to keep you focused! A great opportunity to sharpen up your blind tasting skills!

Californian wines are the perfect backdrop for this blind tasting series – such a geologically diverse region produces wines that show a great range of climates and terroirs. Most of the state’s wine regions are found between the cool Pacific Coast and the warm Central Valley.  Indeed, the Pacific Ocean and large bays, like San Francisco Bay serve as a tempering influence to the wine regions throughout the state by providing cool winds and fog that balance the heat and sunshine, leading to an incredible diverse range of wines.  Learn about these factors by tasting through the line-up blind and challenging yourself to identify the key characteristics of Californian’s different regions.

How to secure a place:

Sommelier Sessions are by invitation only, there will only be industry professionals present and we will focus together to learn and master Californian Wines. To register, please reply with your name, company and position to: 

Justine McGovern

California Wine Institute

+353 87 617 6790

Masterclass and tasting of Sherry wines from Fernando di Castilla.

Join us for a masterclass and tasting of Sherry wines from Fernando di Castilla. 

Jan Pettersen, owner, Fernando de Castilla, is master of production and ageing of fine, unblended, untreated sherries.  Made from the finest wines, these range from the pale, light and elegant Finos to the unique Antique sherries and have received numerous international awards.

Norwegian by birth, educated in Oslo, graduated from University in Edinburgh and Barcelona.  Jan has very considerable experience in Sherry production having been in senior management position at Osborne for a number of years and is heavily involved in promotional activities for the Sherry industry.

In this tutored tasting, Jan, with his wealth of experience and gentle manner, will share his knowledge of the sherry industry, from production through to global consumption. The tasting will be centred around his range of sherries investigating styles and when best to consume.

Place : Ely , CHQ

Date : Wednesday 19th of September

Time :10.30am to 12

Please do not forget to bring your own glasses


Julie Dupouy

Best Sommelier in Ireland 2018 (IGS)

3rd Best Sommelier in the World 2016 (ASI)

WSET Diploma

WSET Sake Level 3

m : 087 9130292

Twitter : @JulieDupouy1

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