• Chinese Taste in Wine

    The east is red

    FINE Bordeaux used to be the world’s poshest wine. But in the past 18 months the price of leading labels has plunged. David Elswood of Christie’s, an auctioneer in London, says a case of Lafite Rothschild 1982 that cost £70,000 ($110,000) two years ago now goes for £30,000.

    The reason is changing appetites among Chinese buyers. In past years they stoked the boom (prices rose by 35% in 2006). They then moved on to buying wineries (around 20 Bordeaux producers are now Chinese-owned). But such vineyards commonly produce 300,000 bottles a year each. In search of more exclusive labels, Chinese buyers are tiring of Bordeaux wines and turning to Burgundy, where wineries rarely make more than 3,000 bottles annually. A case of Domaine Dominique Gallois La Combe 1985, an exclusive Burgundy, now costs £114,000.

    In August Château de Gevrey-Chambertin became the first Burgundy vineyard to go to a Chinese buyer. Christie’s Burgundy sales in Hong Kong are up threefold this year; much goes on to the mainland. A jeroboam (equivalent to four bottles) went for £47,000 at an auction there in 2011.

    The switch is bad news for the wine trade: Bordeaux accounts for 85% of the fine-wine market, so a drop in Chinese interest hits hard. But Max Lalondrelle, of Berry Brothers and Rudd, a London merchant, says lower prices let him “reconnect with the drinkers”, rather than focusing on collectors and prestige buyers.

    26th November,2012

  • Guild Christmas Party 2012

    CHRISTMAS PARTY

    The Guild Christmas Party takes place at the United Arts Club on Tuesday 4th December.

    If you still wish to book a place email Catherine Griffith immediately. Her email is: quality@indigo.ie

  • Gleesons

    C and C is to buy the Gleeson Group for €12.4m. The company makes Tipperary Mineral Waters and Finches Soft Drinks and acquired Gilbeys Wines from Diageo a few years ago.

    23/11/2012

  • Beaujolis Noveau

    In line with French law, Beaujolais Nouveau 2012 was released around the world today  Thursday,15th  November 2012.  As distributor for Georges Duboeuf in Ireland, Febvre will be taking its first delivery of Duboeuf  Beaujolais Nouveau 2012 just in time to have it delivered to  restaurants and off licences  around Ireland for today.

  • Ampersand Wine Tasting, 21st November,2012

    Ampersand
    “We are an independent family owned company with a dynamic and confident management team. Our key partners appreciate these benefits as we can take a long term view and have the ability to maximise the opportunities presented by the market”

    “Awards are recognition of our competitive winning culture and we take immense pride in seeing our brands win both internationally and at home. We compete and win in all aspects of our business”

    Willie Dardis –  Wine Manager/Buyer

    Wine Tasting
    A  Guild Tasting will  be hosted by Ampersand Wines on Wednesday 21st Nov. at 2.30 p.m. at the United Arts Club, 3, Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin,2.

    The tasting will be presented by Willie Dardis.
    More details will follow in due course.



    Christmas Party


    The  Guild Christmas Party will take place on Dec. 4th at the United Arts Club.
    Menu and price  to follow.
  • DIT

    &th November,2012 DIT.

    Culinary Entrepreneurship students, School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, College of Arts and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin,1 attended an information morning on the Irish Guild of Sommeliers presented by Andrew O’ Gorman, Guild Secretary and the Bartenders Association of Ireland presented by Declan Byrne President Bartenders Association of Ireland. Invitation was extended by Mr. Mike O’ Connor, Lecturer DIT.

  • Kellys

    WINE APPRECIATION week of November 5th 2012 at Kelly’ s Resort Hotel, Rosslare Strand, Co. Wexford.

    Embark on a tour this midweek with some of the world’s  leading wine experts.

    Benjamin Leroux

    Join Benjamin Leroux from the famous estate of Comte Armand. His wines are

    made using biodynamic methods with great respect for the soil and the

    environment. His Pommard ‘Clos des Epeneaux’ ler Cru is without a doubt one of

    burgundy’s top red wines. He also produces a wonderful Meursault, together with

    Auxey Duresses and Bourgogne white wines. Enjoy a comparative tasting of the

    famous ‘Clos des Epeneaux’. Ben LeRoux now also operates a boutique negociant

    operation in Beaune in a rented facility that he shares with Dominique Lafon.

    “Benjamin’s wines are among the best in Burgundy” Billy Kelly.

    Monday & Tuesday 6pm-7.30pm

    David Whelehan

    Join David Whelelan, one of Ireland’s top wine guru’s & presenter

    from TVS will be here to taste some of Italy’s greatest wines with some hot tips,

    advice recommendations. David has an incredible enthusiasm for sharing his

    knowledge of wine and is the wine correspondent to Business & Finance magazine

    and TVS. He has been a judge at Vinltaly, IWC (London and Japan) and won the

    champagne Academy Trophy for Ireland.

    Wednesday 6pm-7.30pm

    John McDonnell

    Join John McDonnell who runs the Irish arm of the Australian Wine

    Bureau, he will enlighten you with his passion, knowledge and

    humour on the delights of Australia’s finest wines with some

    interesting comparative tastings.

    Thursday 6pm-7.30pm

  • AMPERSAND

    AmpersandYour Link to Success
    “We are an independent family owned company with a dynamic and confident management team. Our key partners appreciate these benefits as we can take a long term view and have the ability to maximise the opportunities presented by the market”

    “Awards are recognition of our competitive winning culture and we take immense pride in seeing our brands win both internationally and at home. We compete and win in all aspects of our business”

    Willie Dardis –  Wine Manager/Buyer

    Wine Tasting
    A  Guild Tasting was hosted by Ampersand Wines on Wednesday 21st Nov. at 2.30 p.m. at the United Arts Club, 3, Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin,2.

    The tasting was presented by Willie Dardis. It was a most interesting and informative tasting. A pity there was not a bigger attendance.
    Thanks to Willie and Ampersand.
    The tasting was organised by Catherine Griffith, Council Mamber and Tasting Committee.
    The following wines were tasted and are widely available from Independent Off Licences and some other selected outlets:
    White Wines
    1. Gorgorito Verdjo 2011 from Rueda, Spain. Awarded a silver medal at the 2012 NOFFLA Awards.
    2. Cesari “Farina” Pinot Grigio 2011 from Verona, Italy
    3. Pasqua Passimento Blanco 2011 from Verona, Italy. Awarded a bronze medal at the 2012 NOFFLA Awards.
    Red Wines
    1. Ch Bire Bordeaux Superior 2011 from Bordeaux, France
    2. Pasqua Passimento Red 2009 from Verona, Italy
    3. Vila Real Duero Reserva Red 2009 from Duero, Portugal.

    Ampersand – Our Past

    bullit1881 – JJ Fox & Co, Specialist Retailer of Handmade Cigars opens on Grafton Street
    bullit1947 – Distribution Company established by the Fox and Grey Families
    bullit1950 – Duty Free Market Leaders
    bullit1970 – Premium Cigar Market Leaders
    bullit1994 – Wine Business Unit established
    bullit2006 – New corporate image launched

    Ampersand
    Naas Road
    Clondalkin, Dublin 22
    Ireland

    Ph: +353 1 4130100

    Fax: +353 1 4130123
    Email: info@ampersandsales.ie

    Your Link to Success


  • Two Paddocks

    Monday, 05 November 2012 08:01

    Hollywood star and vineyard owner Sam Neill has agreed to talk to some of Leeside’s leading businesswomen about his Two Paddocks winery and his love of wine-making at a special event this week.

    The star of blockbusters including Jurassic Park, The Piano, The Horse Whisperer, and The Hunt For Red October has battled dinosaurs and helped a defecting Russian submarine captain dodge torpedoes.

    But Network Cork president Rebecca Birchall joked that he is a brave man to venture into a room full of almost 100 businesswomen on Wednesday.

    “We are really looking forward to giving him a great Cork welcome, learning about his own unique business story, and sampling some beautiful wines in the company of the vineyard owner — who just happens to be a Hollywood A-list actor,” she said.

    Neill, 65, who was born in Omagh before moving to New Zealand at age 7 bought the Two Paddocks vineyard in Central Otago, in the south of New Zealand, in 1993.  Today, it produces one of the country’s finest pinot noirs, as well as riesling.

    Neill, who holds an Irish passport, is promoting the range this week. He visited his ancestral home in Tyrone, and Dublin, and will speak in Cork on Wednesday, alongside HenParty.ie founder Kate Hyde.

    Hyde, who ran the website from her bedroom, pitched her idea on Dragons’ Den in 2009 and secured investment from Gavin Duffy and Niall O‘Farrell.  It is now Ireland’s largest hen and stag party business, employing five people, with plans to hire two more.

    Neill, who is in Cork thanks to Curious Wines, the exclusive stockists of his wines in the region, will also be at the Cornstore restaurant on Thursday at around 1pm to help diners pair one of his wines with their lunch.

    Network Cork’s event at the Cork International Airport Hotel is free for members, and €25 for guests. Places are limited and booking is essential.

  • Wine Dinner

    Chateau de la Cour Wine Dinner in Thornton’s Restaurant

    Mitchell & Son are pleased to announce a very special Wine Dinner with Bruno Delacour, Owner, and Mathieu Bonte, Winemaker Chateau de la Cour, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux

    Hosted in Michelin-starred Thornton’s Restaurant

    Five course seasonal dinner menu especially created by chef Kevin Thornton to accompany the wines

    All wines and whiskey to be served in appropriate Riedel glasses

    Aperitif: Champagne Marguet Grand Cru
    90 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    Chateau de la Cour 2009, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
    Gold Medal – Concours des Vins Vignerons Independants
    Silver Medal – Concours des Vins Bordeaux

    Le Joyau de la Cour 2009, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
    Gold Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards
    Gold Medal – Concours Mondiale de Bruxelles
    Gold Medal – Concours des Vins Bordeaux

    Clos des Templiers 2006, Lalande-de-Pomerol
    90 points, Food & Wine Magazine

    Chateau de la Cour 2000, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
    Gold Medal – Concours des Vins Bordeaux
    Silver Medal – Mundus Vini

    Digestif: Yellow Spot 12 year old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

    €150 per person – €580 group of four

    Wednesday 14th November
    Thornton’s Restaurant
    1st Floor, Fitzwilliam Hotel
    St. Stephen’s Green

    To book click here or ring the CHQ shop on 01 612 5540