• Bodega Garzon – Uruguayan Wine Master Class -CANCELLED

    Bodega Garzon – Uruguayan Wine Master Class

    Date: Monday 1st of October

    Time: 10.30am (please be there 10/15 minutes earlier)

    Where: Ely CHQ

    Please  book with Julie Dupouy at down2wine@gmail.com.

    There is a charge of €10 for non members attending

    Thanks to Bren Smith Mackenway Wines for offering this masterclass to the Guild

    Bodega Garzon – Urugyan Wine Master Class by Alexander Griffiths

    Located in a fantastic setting 525ft (160m) above sea level in the Garzón hills some 5km from the Atlantic Ocean, Bodega Garzón is considered the most extraordinary wine estate in Uruguay.  With the advice of world renowned enologist Alberto Antonini, the hills of Bodega Garzon were planted with a complex network of vineyards that produce wines with a strong identity, expressing the inimitable character and features of the Garzón terroir.

    During the tasting Alexander Griffiths from Bodega Garzon will take the Guild members through a range of seven wines from Bodega Garzon, explaining the planting practices, micro climates and wine making process which combine as making the fabulous Bodega Garzon wines and explain why the world is looking at Uruguayan wines with a whole new set of eyes.

    Masterclass organized  by Julie Dupouy

    Best Sommelier in Ireland 2018 (IGS)

    3rd Best Sommelier in the World 2016 (ASI)

    WSET Diploma

    WSET Sake Level 3

    Dear Members,

    Please make a special effort to attend & be in attendance 10/15 minutes before the masterclass commences.

    Your full attention should be given to the presenter and given the respect he deserves.


  • Report on masterclass and tasting of Sherry wines from Fernando di Castilla


    “On Monday 19th of September, Jan Pettersen, owner of Bodega Fernando de Castilla, in Jerez, hosted a masterclass for the members of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers.
    This was a fantastic opportunity for our members to discover or rediscover the different styles of wines produced in the region of Jerez guided by the expertise of Jan. Some of the wines tasted included their classic Fino, aged under flor for 3-5  years. A light-bodied wine, made from free run juice only, with a lots of salty characters ; ideal pairing with fresh oysters according to Jan.
    The next two wines were two Amontillado with two different ages, the Antique being over 20 years old. Amontillado wines start as Fino and after a few years, the wines are fortified to a higher level of alcohol (18% abv.) to continue their ageing in an oxidative environement which will gives them some richer, earthier, more savoury characters.
    The last two dry wines of the day were the Oloroso from the House and the very rare Palo Cortado.
    The tasting was concluded with a sampling of a very old Pedro Ximenes. A wine with an average of 500 gr/L of sugar but demonstrating an incredible balance. Intense, luxurious and incredibly complex, a real meditation wine.
    Finally, Jan introduced one of his newest creation. A vermouth based on Sherry wines and over 20 botanicals. A beverage not available in Ireland yet but with great potential to seduce the Irish consumers!
    Thank you very much to Jan Petterser and to Tindal wine company for organising such a special masterclass”
    Report by Julie Dupouy
    Best Sommelier in Ireland 2018 (IGS)
    3rd Best Sommelier in the World 2016 (ASI)
    WSET Diploma
    WSET Sake Level 3

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  • Countdown to the ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019

    The partners joined Antwerp to accompany this presentation of the competition to the press.
     The partners joined Antwerp to accompany this presentation of the competition to the press.

    The diamond capital will become that of the sommellerie next March. An exceptional meeting of which Terre de Vins will be one of the partners.

    Fifty years after the first ASI competition for Best Sommelier in the World won by Frenchman Armand Melkonian, Belgium has been preparing for more than two years to welcome once again (*) the most prestigious event. And this Tuesday, September 18, less than six months of the event, the case took a very concrete turn with a presentation of the stakes of the competition, the ambitions of the organizers and the commitment of the partners.

    While the member countries of the International Sommellerie Association still have a few weeks to select and register their representative, the three shots were given in a building with futuristic architecture that dominates the commercial port of the Flemish city. In the presence of Andrès Rosberg , Michèle Chantôme and Philippe Faure-Brac , respectively president, secretary general and treasurer of the ASI, William Wouters, president of the Gilde of the sommeliers of Belgium, spoke with humor and emotion the long preparatory work.

    For if the more than sixty expected participants train on a daily basis in order to better defend their chances, in the shadows a team of volunteers works in Belgium to offer them the best possible conditions during the competition. And here, everything is a matter of means! The contribution of the partners at the forefront of which include the wines of the Cotes du Rhone and Austrian Wine is therefore essential to accommodate the national delegations and the media that will follow the contest disputed in three stages.

    A multi-faceted contest

    In this context, Terre de Vins (represented in Antwerp by Rodolphe Wartel its director) and its readers will occupy a privileged place since our title was chosen as a press partner for France as were Decanter for the United Kingdom and Meininger for Germany. A media orientation that goes in the direction desired by President Andres Rosberg upon his election, a little over a year ago in Bordeaux.

    The contest is also an exceptional promotional showcase. To exploit this facet, France wine has largely mobilized in the image of Gérard Bertrand, the Malartic vineyards, the Clarence Dillon estate and the Perrin Family who have joined a very international pool of support where appear actors of the world Portuguese, Italian and Spanish winemakers. Domains and houses that will accompany the competition with master classes, tastings and presentations during the lunches and dinners planned in Antwerp from March 10th to 15th.

    Finally, the diamond world will also contribute with, for the winner, a cluster-shaped brooch set with white and green diamonds. A unique model specially made for the occasion by the Untold house.

    (*) In Brussels in 1983, after two Italian successes, Jean-Luc Pouteau brought the title back to France.

    Below: Rodolphe Wartel and William Wouters united by the same desire to promote the profession of sommelier through the 2019 world.

  • California Wines’ Sommelier Sessions!



    Become part of the brand-new California Wines’ Sommelier Sessions!

    We will run a series of Sommelier-led wine sessions. These will not only be a great opportunity to network with your peers, but also to train and develop your California wine knowledge and your Sommelier skills. An ideal opportunity for those preparing for their WSET qualifications, MW or Court of Master Sommelier exams. Anja Breit, former Head Sommelier of the two Michelin starred Ledbury Restaurant in London, will lead the Sommelier Sessions.

    How Sommelier Sessions works:

    We will organise several different wine club activities such as masterclasses, wine talks/discussions and blind tastings. You will have the opportunity to taste 12 – 20 Californian wines at each session. 

    Our inaugural tasting is on Monday 17th September, at Pembroke Wines, Burlington House, Waterloo Lane, D4, from 3-5pm.

    And we kick off with a blind tasting! Wines will be divided into flights, themed by region or variety, and tasted along with some themed questions to keep you focused! A great opportunity to sharpen up your blind tasting skills!

    Californian wines are the perfect backdrop for this blind tasting series – such a geologically diverse region produces wines that show a great range of climates and terroirs. Most of the state’s wine regions are found between the cool Pacific Coast and the warm Central Valley.  Indeed, the Pacific Ocean and large bays, like San Francisco Bay serve as a tempering influence to the wine regions throughout the state by providing cool winds and fog that balance the heat and sunshine, leading to an incredible diverse range of wines.  Learn about these factors by tasting through the line-up blind and challenging yourself to identify the key characteristics of Californian’s different regions.

    How to secure a place:

    Sommelier Sessions are by invitation only, there will only be industry professionals present and we will focus together to learn and master Californian Wines. To register, please reply with your name, company and position to: jmcgovern@wineinstitute.org 

    Justine McGovern

    California Wine Institute

    +353 87 617 6790

  • Masterclass and tasting of Sherry wines from Fernando di Castilla.

    Join us for a masterclass and tasting of Sherry wines from Fernando di Castilla. 

    Jan Pettersen, owner, Fernando de Castilla, is master of production and ageing of fine, unblended, untreated sherries.  Made from the finest wines, these range from the pale, light and elegant Finos to the unique Antique sherries and have received numerous international awards.

    Norwegian by birth, educated in Oslo, graduated from University in Edinburgh and Barcelona.  Jan has very considerable experience in Sherry production having been in senior management position at Osborne for a number of years and is heavily involved in promotional activities for the Sherry industry.

    In this tutored tasting, Jan, with his wealth of experience and gentle manner, will share his knowledge of the sherry industry, from production through to global consumption. The tasting will be centred around his range of sherries investigating styles and when best to consume.

    Place : Ely , CHQ

    Date : Wednesday 19th of September

    Time :10.30am to 12

    Please do not forget to bring your own glasses


    Julie Dupouy

    Best Sommelier in Ireland 2018 (IGS)

    3rd Best Sommelier in the World 2016 (ASI)

    WSET Diploma

    WSET Sake Level 3

    m : 087 9130292

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