• ASI GA Tiblisi

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    On left of top photo is Oliver Murtagh President Irish Guild of Sommeliers who attended the ASI General Assembly in Tiblisi, Georgia

    Dear friends!

    We offer Agenda for ASI General Assembly 2018. Welcome to Georgia! During the Assembly the birthplace of wine will offer you tasting of wines and specialitetes and participation in several other important events.

    From each country the participation of the President of national association (or the representative) is free of charge. The cost of the full program for additional guests (except the General Meeting) is: in case of single accommodation – 800EUR, in case of double accommodation – 1300EUR

    We ask the Presidents of national associations to confirm their participation, as well as, the participation of guests from their countries until May 23. Please, send the confirmations on participation and other additional questions to the following mails:

    nini.shashiashvili@gmail.com
    shalva.khetsuriani@gmail.com 

    We are looking forward to your arrival in Georgia!

    Shalva Khetsuriani 
    President of Georgian Sommelier Association 


    Day 1 
    June 17, Sunday 
    Arrival day 
    During the whole day – accommodation at the hotel (“Holliday Inn”)

    • 13:00 – 16:00 – check-in and meals at the hotel
    • 16:00 – 18:30 – Board meeting
    • 20:00 – 22:00 – Welcome Dinner

    Day 2 
    June 18, Monday 
    General Assembly Day 

    • 09:00 – 09:30 – Welcome Coffee Break and registration of the delegates
    • 09:30 – 11:45 – General Assembly, Session 1
    • 11:45 – 12:00 – Coffee Break
    • 12:00 – 14:00 – General Assembly, Session 2
    • 14:00 – 15:00 – Lunch
    • 15:00 – 17:30 – General Assembly, Session 3
    • 17:30 – 17:45 – Coffee Break
    • 17:45 – 20:00 – General Assembly, Conclusive section
    • 20:15 – 22:30 – Dinner

    Day 3 
    June 19, Tuesday 

    • 09:30 – 12:45 – Sören Polonius’ Master class (11:00 – 11:15 – Coffee Break)
    • 13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch
    • 14:15 – 14:45 – Press conference – ASI President, General Secretary of ASI, Minister of 
Agriculture of Georgia, President of Georgian Sommelier Association
    • 15:00 – 16:00 – Saperavi Tasting: identifying the aromatic and taste characteristics of 
“main” Georgian varieties – Saperavi. There will be gathered both ASI delegates and the most important sommeliers and enologists from Georgia. Saperavi has a very long history but unfortunately it was never described. It would be very good if it happens with involvement of the persons with such high competence as there are ASI delegates and Georgian sommeliers and enologists. From the side of ASI this will be a good gesture and an interesting “adventure” and experience. The typical characteristics of main Georgian varieties will be identified and this identification will get the name of ASI forever. Sponsor “Marani Hetsuriani”
    • 16:00 – 17:00 – Free time
    • 17:00 – 19:00 – Showing the film “Prime Meridian of Wine”, shot by famous Georgian 
Film-Director Nana Jorjadze, the laureate of Cannes Festival and the nominee for Oscar. All the most outstanding representatives of Georgian wine world and the governmental officials will attend the film show. Sponsor “Marani Hetsuriani”.
    • 19.00 – 20.30 – Free Time and transportation from the hotel to the restaurant
    • 20:30 – 23:30 – Hetsuriani Day – 20th anniversary of Hetsuriani Winery restoration 
(after the Soviet regime). The official eno-gastromonic dinner dedicated to the anniversary: pairing with wines the dishes from gastronomic book of Lola and Naniko Hetsuriani (its regional, “Kutaisian” version of Georgian cousine). Black tie invited. Sponsor “Marani Hetsuriani”

    Day 4
    June 20, Wednesday 

    • 09:30 – 11:30 – Transfer to one of the most important Georgian wine-making regions – Kakheti
    • 11:30 – 12:30 – A visit to Qvevri Museum. Qvevri wine-making is introduced in an interesting way in this small exposition. In the same museum it is possible to visit a traditional Georgian marani (cellar) – almost 100% of Georgian village population has 
got such cellars: in Georgian villages all houses historically were built and are built even now considering the sections for small own maranies. The ancient tradition of Qvevri winemaking in Georgia is recognized by UNESCO as a significant intangible
    • 12:30 – 13:00 
– Transfer Napareuli-Kvareli
    • 13:00 – 14:30 
– Lunch
    • 14:30 – 17:00 – A visit to “Wine Tunnel”, master classes of Georgian cuisine, wine 
tasting, lunch
    • 17:00 – 17:30 
– Transfer to the hotel: Lopota Lake/Kvareli Eden
    • 17:30 – 19:30 
– A rest at the lake and wine spa resort
    • 19:30 – 22:00 
- Dinner

    Day 5
    June 21, Thursday

    • 10:00 – 12:30 – Transfer Kvareli – Tbilisi
    • 12:30 – 13:00 – Check-in at the hotel
    • 13:00 – 14:30 – Lunch
    • 15:00 – 16:00 – Master class on Georgian wines: history, appellations, main grape 
varieties, main wines. This is the master class of the President of Georgian Sommelier Association. In one hour the attendees will be able to learn about the most important details, which a man should know about Georgian wine. This will be a useful “introduction” for the following event.
    • 16:15 – 19:00 – Large-scale tasting of wines of Georgian wine producers. Maximum quantity of wines produced by Georgian winemakers will be collected in order the delegates to get widest opinion of Georgian wines. Wines will be served and offered by Georgian Sommeliers
    • 19:00 – 20:00 – Free time
    • 20:00 – 22:00 – Dinner

    Day 6
    June 22, Friday
    Departure day

    • 09:30 – 10:30 – Walking tour in Old Town of Tbilisi, visit Orthodox Church
    • 10:30 – 12:00 – A visit to Georgian National Museum. Getting acquainted with the ancient wine vessels, the world’s oldest cultivated grape seeds and other ancient wine artifacts. Colchian and other proto-Georgian Golden treasury from the period of Argonautica.
    • 12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch
  • A Luxembourg Masterclass hosted by Niels Toase

    A Luxembourg Masterclass hosted by Niels Toase, the Irish Sommelier for Bernard Massard Wines took place today. Niels presented a range of wines from their vineyards along the banks of the Moselle River, including their recently highly-acclaimed sparkling wines and the only Cremant to be made outside of France!

    It was a great opportunity to learn about the history of wine and viticulture in Luxembourg, taste wines from a range of terroirs and get a deeper understanding of the quality that Luxembourg has to offer to the Irish Consumer. Agents in Ireland are Cassidy Wines, Magna Drive, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin,24 – Gareth Wyatt, Sales Representative www.cassidywines.com 

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    Julie Dupouy, Niels Toase, Anke Hartmann, Andrew O’ Gorman presenting Niels with the Irish Guild of Sommeliers official tie.

    The Masterclass organised by Julie & Anke

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    Gareth Wyatt, Sales Representative, Cassidy Wines & Niels Toase, the Irish Sommelier for Bernard Massard Wines

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • RIOJA   MASTERCLASS

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    L/r Pedro Julian Jimenez Lopez, Seamus Murray, Vice President Irish Guild of Sommeliers, Luciano Radmil, Ballyfin Demnse, Co. Laois, Oliver Murtagh, President Irish Guild of Sommeliers

    RIOJA   MASTERCLASS

    “Rioja” and the “Spanish Embassy” held an excellent masterclass and tasting about Rioja, focusing on the last regulations approved by the control board and different wine styles.It was presented by Pedro Jimenez  “Certified Rioja Wine Educator.The tasting took place on the 13th June at “Instituto Cervantes” Lincoln House, 6-16 Lincoln Pl, Dublin 2.

  • Luxembourg Masterclass 18th June, 11am to 1pm Venue : ely bar & grill,  CHQ Building, ISFC, North Dock, Georges Dock, Dublin 1

    PLEASE MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO ATTEND & LET JULIE KNOW at  down2wine@gmail.com
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     Niels Toase, the Irish Sommelier for Bernard Massard Wines
     
    Do come and join us on Monday 18th June, for a Luxembourg Masterclass hosted by Niels Toase, the Irish Sommelier for Bernard Massard Wines. Niels will present a range of wines from their vineyards along the banks of the Moselle River, including their recently highly-acclaimed sparkling wines and the only Cremant to be made outside of France!
     
    This will be a great opportunity to learn about the history of wine and viticulture in Luxembourg, taste wines from a range of terroirs and get a deeper understanding of the quality that Luxembourg has to offer to the Irish Consumer.”
     
    Please bring your own glasses!
     
    Time : 11am to 1pm 
    Date : Monday 18th of June
    Venue : ely bar & grill,  CHQ Building, ISFC, North Dock, Georges Dock, Dublin 1
     
    This tasting is kindly organised by Gareth Wyatt from Cassidy wine company and Niels Toase from Bernard Massard’s.