• Mackenway Wine Tasting

    2012-2013 3 NOffLA winnersTasting of Mackenway Wines by Bren Smith

    See report under NEWS/TASTINGS

    Catherine Griffith & Oliver Murtagh at the tasting.
  • German Wine Tasting +Cider

    Six winegrowers, a specialist in sparkling wine (“Sekt”) and a cider producer from Germany will showcase their products at a wine tasting in Dublin on 5th February. Running from 2.30 until 6.30 pm the event also features a German wine seminar by expert Steffen Schindler from the German Wine Institute. Wines featured at the event include Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Blanc, Regent and Pinot Noir. The participating German companies are also available for individual meetings with potential Irish partners and clients on 6th, 7th and 8th February to discuss possibilities for cooperation.

    The event is open to representatives from the Irish wine trade and media. Registrations are to be sent to the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce: holger.erdmann@german-irish.ie <mailto:holger.erdmann@german-irish.ie >, phone             01-6424312

  • Slovenian Tasting 5th Feburary

    5th FEBRUARY 2013
    12:00 – 17:00
    Cliff Town House Hotel, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin
    “Wines of Slovenia” will be a Tasting to showcase some of the best wines from this highly regarded small
    country. It will feature wines from 22 of the country’s top Producers from all the key regions looking for
    importers / representation and will be attended by journalists and importers.
    The tasting will be an open walk‐around format. Only a few of the producers will be travelling over, so it
    will be an excellent opportunity to evaluate some of the best wines and to taste at your own pace.
    Members of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers welcome to attend
    Tasting organised by Liam Campbell Council Member.
  • Hans Astrom

    ‘Fifty Shades’ gives winery a boost

    Fifty Shades of Grey, which has sold 65 million copies worldwide, is having a surprising impact in the wine world.

    In South Africa, owners of the Constantia vineyard, said that interest in their honey-coloured dessert wine had soared since it featured in the second volume of the erotic trilogy.”We’re asked every day by people coming into our tasting rooms about the wine appearing in Fifty Shades Darker,” Hans Astrom, managing director of the estate, said. “We were somewhat surprised to discover that Vin de Constance was featured in the book.”


  • Presentation to Willie Aherne

    Willie Aherne, Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin with a bottle of Tyrconnell Whiskey 3 star which was presented to him by Mary O' Callaghan, President, Irish Guild of Sommeliers on 14th January,2013.

  • Irish Guild of Sommeliers/Restaurants Association of Ireland Course Photos January 2013

    Photos taken by Oliver J. Murtagh, Vice President, Irish Guild of Sommeliers at Whiskey Lecture  DIT Cathal Brugha Street on 7th January,2013.

    The lecture and tasting of Irish Whiskies  was given by Andrew O’ Gorman, Secretary  Irish Guild of Sommeliers & Treasurer Bartenders Association of Ireland who was a member of staff at DIT for 38.5 years.

    Whiskies tasted/referred to were as follows: Greenore, Bushmills, Jameson, Powers John’s Lane Single Pot Still, Tullamore Dew, Bushmills Single Malt Malt,Black Bush, Tyrconnell Single Malt, Connemara Peated Malt, Poitín and many collectible whiskies such as Hewitts, Baileys The Whiskey, Midleton Reserve and many more.

    Oliver Murtagh & Andrew O’ Gorman in Photo.