• GuildTastings 2017

    16th May
    The tasting will take place on Tuesday 16th of May, from 11am to 1pm, in Ely’s Brasserie (CHQ). After last’s year masterclass on white wines from Burgundy, Charles Derain will be back to talk to us about Pinot Noir from the very same region. It will be a unique chance to listen to one of the best Burgundy experts in Ireland and to explore the different facets of Pinot Noir. Please book a space by contacting Julie at down2wine@gmail.com.
    Don’t forget to bring your glasses.
    Tastings at ely bar & brasserie, CHQ Building ISFC, Georges Dock, Dublin 1
    Bring your tasting glasses as none will be supplied at the venue.
    If you are not a member but would like to attend, please contact Julie Dupouy-Young at down2wine@gmail.com for more details.
    Members attending Official Tastings and Functions are required to have neat attire and behave in a professional manner so as not to impair the reputation of the Guild.        
      Tasting organised by 

    Julie Dupouy, Council Menber &

    Best Sommelier in Ireland since 2009 (Irish Guild of Sommeliers)

    3rd Best Sommelier in the World 2016 (ASI)

    New Zealand Winegrowers 2017 Sommit Scholarship recipient
    Tasting reports
    On Tuesday 28th of February, Rafael Salazar of Vinos Tito wine Company, organised a fascinating masterclass for the Irish Guild of Sommeliers. From its recognition as a DO in 1925 and then as a DOCa in 1991 until now, Rioja has known many revolutions. By sharing his knowledge and passion and thanks to a carefully chosen wine selection, Rafael demonstrated that Rioja is a complex topic driven by many different schools of thought and styles.
    The wines tasted on the day were :
    White wines:
    Rioja Jequitiba, Olivier Riviere, 2013
    Rioja, Vina Tondonia, Bodega Lopez de Heredia, 2003
    Red wines :
    Rioja, Vina Cubillo, Bodega Lopez de Heredia, 2008
    Rioja, Vina Bosconia, Bodega Lopez de Heredia, 2004
    Rioja, La vinas de Eusebio, Olivier Riviere, 2013
    Rioja La Condenada, Bodega Artuke, 2013
    Rioja, Granja Remulliri, Gran Reserva, 2010
     Thank to Rafael for putting together such an interesting masterclass and for sharing some of his precious time and knowledge with us.


    Tuesday 7th of February – 11am-1pm – Ian Brosnan, wine director of Ely Wine Bars, will be giving us a tasting about Australian Wines. Ian has recently been participating in the James Busby’s trip to Australia and came back from it with plenty of new information.
    The Australian Wine tasting on Tuesday 7th February went extremely well.
    Ian Brosnan introduced  6 different wines of extremely high quality. He sourced some of the wines through wine Australia who were kind enough to offer them to us. (Including one bottle of Bindi Chardonnay). Ian’s knowledge about the topic was outstanding and his presentation was superb.