• Sommelier RDS

    Looking for a  Sommelier for the Dublin Horse Show, 5th August. Contact me for details

    Email: ogorman.andy@gmail.com


  • Saint-Torpez

    What's in a name? Plenty if you're a Saint-Tropez winemaker.

    Trouble has struck the paradise resort of Saint-Tropez in the south of France after someone belatedly realized that the name of this year’s local rosé means “crap” in German.


  • Arizona

    Arizona’s Wine Side

    Images of emerald grape leaves waving in the summer breeze usually don’t fill the pages of Arizona tourism brochures and magazines.

    Still, they’re becoming a more common sight as Arizona’s young wine industry grows.

    That’s right: Wine is made in Arizona.

    I had the same reaction when friends told me about Sonoita, a tiny crossroads about an hour southeast of Tucson, in the southeastern corner of the state brimming with young fields of Mourvèdre and Tempranillo.

    With the harvest in, the holiday season approaching and Arizona’s thermostat dropping, year-end is a smart time to visit its wine country.

    Speak the name Gordon Dutt and any local winemaker will tell you the story of the man regarded as the father of Arizona winemaking.

  • Hugh Johnson

    Hugh Johnson’s Wine Life

    Hugh Johnson
    (Credit: food.uk.msn.com)

    From his groundbreaking 1966 book “Wine,” to “The World Atlas of Wine” and the hugely successful “Pocket Wine Book,” Hugh Johnson, 74, is one of the world’s best-selling wine writers. He is equally well-known in gardening circles for his work in that field. “Were I to wear a hat, I would doff it in admiration,” Steven Spurrier said, when he heard Johnson had been awarded the OBE in 2007.

    Where did you grow up?

    I’m a Londoner, born in St John’s Wood. I was exiled to Scotland by the Blitz, and then we moved and most of my childhood was spent on the North Downs in Kent – now a famous wine area. My father was a barrister and my mother was half German, which has always given me a fellow feeling with the Germans. I always loved going there – and of course I’m notorious for loving riesling.

    My grandfather was actually interned during the First World War, which was traumatic for my mother and her sisters: there’s a letter from my mother, aged 10 or 12, saying ‘You can’t do this to Daddy!’

    What drew you into wine?

    When I went to Cambridge, I shared rooms with a chap called Adrian Cowell who was a very good taster. He then wasted his life – he became a stockbroker. He came back after a dinner one night with two red Burgundies. I was astonished that two wines could be so different – one could bring such pleasure and one could be uninteresting. He said, ‘Do you realize these come from the same village, two fields apart?’ I was amazed. You could call that the origin of ‘The World Atlas of Wine.’

  • A light Irish Beer & a Tasmanian Chardonnay

    A light Irish beer stuffed with flavour and a Tasmanian Chardonnay

    Sam Black of Blacks beers in Kinsale, one of the best craft brewers around, decided to try making a lighter beer that still tasted of something.  According to Black they wanted to make “a lower alcohol beer with all the flavour of a real ale, one for drinking on sunny days sitting on the grass. People like to sit out and have a bottle for their lunch. It is part of our core range, although sales do slow down a bit over winter when people move on to our bigger beers. It is quite a tricky one to make; keeping the flavour in and the alcohol down without making a watery beer. That’s why there aren’t too many around.  When we did it, it was the first in Ireland under 4 per cent”.

    As for the beer, it does manage to square the circle, by being both light in alcohol while packing a thirst-quenching fresh citrus hoppy punch.

    Lot 2 Chardonnay 2013, Tasmania

    12.5% €12.99

    New Zealand’s unique wine-growing landscape. Photograph: Thinkstock

    Most bottles of wine have two labels; one on the front to grab your attention as you browse along the shelves, and a back label, (technically the front label) with all of the required legal information regarding alcohol, drinking while pregnant or driving machinery etc. and often a completely useless tasting note designed to entice as many people as possible into buying the wine. Supermarkets are sometimes shy about revealing the source of their own-label wines, or possibly the producer doesn’t want to be seen selling wine to a multiple. So you will usually see, bottled on behalf of or bottled by 1235 for Tesco or similar.

    But look closely at the back label on this wine from Aldi and you will see that it was produced by Taylors, one of the leading producers of Australia, known as Wakefield in Europe. It comes from Tasmania, source of some of Australia’s most exciting Chardonnay (if you like the fresh crisp style of Chardonnay) It is fresh, lean and clean with crisp green apple fruits and a light spritz would go down very well with all things fishy or alongside some summery salads.



     “The Champagne Slopes, Houses and Cellars ” are now on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
    Three major sites are listed : the “Avenue de Champagne” in Epernay, the “Saint-Nicaise Hill” in Reims and the historic vineyards of Aÿ, Hautvillers,
    France's wine-making region of Champagne and a part of Burgundy have been granted
    Workers collect grapes in the Montgenost vineyard in the Champagne region Photo: AFP/Getty
  • Redbreast Tasting

    Redbreast Single Pot Still Tasting
    Thursday 30th July  Palace Bar, Fleet Street 7.30pm
    Sold Out

    Join us for a very special tasting of Redbreast Single Pot Still whiskey in all its guises. We will be accompanied by a representative from Irish Distillers in what will no doubt prove to be a very enjoyable and education evening.On the night we will be sampling:
    Redbreast 12 Year Old
    Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength
    Redbreast 15 Year Old
    Redbreast 21 Year Old
    Redbreast Mano a Lamh
    Redbreast 1960’s (Bow Street Distillery)
    Redbreast 1970’s (Bow Street Distillery)
    Redbreast early release 15 Year Old
    Tickets €36 or €33 for Celtic Whiskey Club Members Tickets Available from the store or over the phone on (01) 6759744
  • Whiskey Tasting 20th August

    Celtic Cask Tasting
    Thursday 20th August Palace Bar, Fleet Street 7.30pm
    A spotlight on the best of the Celtic Whiskey Shop’s independent bottlings. This range includes top quality whiskeys from a variety of Irish distilleries, matured in unique casks most of which sourced from bespoke wineries across Europe. The tasting will include the first taste of yet to be released editions Celtic Cask Dó Dhéag and Celtic Cask Trí Déag

    On the night we will be sampling:
    Celtic Cask Aon
    Celtic Cask Cúig
    Celtic Cask Sé
    Celtic Cask Ocht
    Celtic Cask Deich
    Celtic Cask Aon Déag
    Celtic Cask Dó Dhéag
    Celtic Cask Trí Déag

    Tickets €30 Available from the Celtic Whiskey Shop or over the phone on (01) 6759744

  • Sommelier 2015

    Selection process for the Best Sommelier of Ireland 


    The selection process for the Best Sommelier of Ireland is organised by the Irish Guild of Sommeliers.

    The selection process is open to fully paid up professional members of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers working as sommeliers/waiters/waitresses in restaurants.If you wish to be considered for selection please submit your application by email accompanied with a current CV to ogorman.andy@gmail.com by 14th July,2015.The selection process will take place in Dublin at a date, time and venue to be notified to applicants.

    The person selected will be the Irish Guild of Sommeliers Competitor at the World Sommelier Competitions in 2016.

     Oliver J. Murtagh,
    President Irish Guild of Sommeliers.
    19 June 2015