• New Zealand Wine Scholarship

    Irish Sommelier Jurica Gojevic – Adare Manor,Adare, Co. Limerick wins New Zealand Wine Scholarship
    by Jean Smullen Published 28/11/2017
    The names of the eight successful sommeliers from the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe chosen to participate in the 2018 New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship have just been announced. First launched in 2015 with a scholarship for Australian sommeliers, the programme is now a global initiative with the European sommeliers joining scholars from Australia, Asia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.

    Each scholarship recipient attends a Sommit™ event, which is limited to just 20 sommeliers with content targeted exclusively to their interests. Next year’s Sommits™ will take place in Nelson and Central Otago, two of New Zealand’s top winemaking regions.

    Presented by Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas and Master of Wine Stephen Wong, the series of events are a celebration of the lesser known aspects of New Zealand wine, with emphasis on the facets that resonate with the sommelier community.

    “In this the second year of running the scholarship programme in Europe, we received a huge number of high quality applicants from across the continent. The chosen sommeliers stood out as being extremely passionate and eager to immerse themselves in the world of New Zealand wine. Our objective is that these sommeliers will become true ambassadors for New Zealand wine, sharing personal wine discoveries and insights from their trips with restaurant guests and the wider sommelier community.” said Chris Stroud, Marketing Manager Europe, New Zealand Winegrowers.

    The successful sommeliers are:
    Marc Almert – Baur au Lac, Zurich, Switzerland
    James Devereux – Manchester House, Manchester, UK
    Jurica Gojevic – Adare Manor, Limerick, Ireland
    Stefan Kobald – Social Company, London, UK
    Fredrik Lindfors – Grand Hotel Stockholm, Sweden
    Andrea Martinisi – Hotel Terravina, Hampshire, UK
    Lendl Mijnhijmer – Hotel 27, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Glen Montgomery – Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, UK

  • Irish Guild of Sommeliers Christmas Dinner

    Irish Guild of Sommeliers Christmas Dinner

    Tues. 5th December, 5.30pm

     Venue Ely IFSC (CHQ Building, ISFC, North Dock, Georges Dock, Dublin 1.)

    Cost €40 pp including corkage, guests can all bring in a bottle of their choice.

    If you are attending please forward Cheque or Postal Order to Harriet Connolly, Treasurer, Irish Guild of Sommeliers, 163, Bracken Hill, Blackglen Road, Sandyford, Dublin, 18 not later than Tuesday, 28th November, 2017.


    Christmas Menu

    to start

    seasonal soup of the day (c) ely house made bread, butter

    ely Irish salmon gravadlax (c) shaved fennel, olive & orange salad

    Irish chicken liver parfait (c)  brioche, sea salt, frissee salad

    green leaf and almond salad (gf)(v) green olive purée, fennel, lemon dressing


    to follow

    roast cauliflower (gf)(v)  cauliflower puree, curry oil, coriander cress

    ‘torched’ Kilkeel landed cod  crushed potato, lemon, white wine sauce

    slow cooked Boyne Valley ox cheeks (gf) pickled red onion, parsley crisps, parsnip mash

    leg of “Craggy Island” lamb (gf) tomato & red pepper coulis, slow cooked aubergine, kale


    to finish

    65% Cacao Barry chocolate torte  honeycomb ice-cream

    lemon & elderflower posset (gf) cranberry compote

    Irish cheese of the day (c) onion compote, handmade crackers