• Wine Australia Masterclass Wed 30th Jan 2019 Booking Details

    With more than 100 unique grape varieties grown across 65 distinct wine regions, find out what makes Australian wine unique at the Australian Trade Tasting.
    – More than 250 wines

    – Women in Wine focus table featuring iconic producers and emerging stars

    – Producers in market and seeking distribution

    Participating wineries at the 2019 Australia Trade tasting  include:

    Balnaves, Barossa Valley Wine Company, Brookland Valley, Croser, Chambers Rosewood, Charles Melton, Clonakilla, Cullen, Dalrymple, d’Arenberg, De Bortoli Wines,  First Creek Wines, Giant Steps, Grant Burge, Grosset, Hardys, Houghton, House of Arras,  Jansz,  John Duval, Kirrihill Wines,  Knappstein,  Leasingham, Levantine Hill, Milton Park, Mitolo,  McGuigan, McWilliam’s Wines, Mount Horrocks, Mount Langi Ghiran, Mount Pleasant, Patiritti, Petaluma, Plantagenet,  Peter Lehmann, Reynella,  S.C. Pannell,  Shaw + Smith, Silkman, Sir Ian Botham Wines, St Hallett, Stonier, The Other Wine Co, Thomas Hardy, Thorn-Clarke,  Three Lions, Tolpuddle Vineyard, Vasse Felix, Wakefield Wines, Willunga 100, Yalumba, Xanadu, Yering Station.

    McLaren Vale Masterclass 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Places are limited and must be prebooked. They are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Venue: The Round Room,  Mansion House.  To book contact Jean Smullen
    McLaren Vale’s old vines and 180 years of winemaking experiencehas revealed a new generation of winemakers that are pushing boundaries and starting new traditions. Find out how winemakers are experimenting with alternative varieties and new styles to create something extraordinary. Explore the diversity of McLaren Vale and the innovative spirit of the region’s winemakers in this master class, led by The Wine Detective and McLaren Vale Ambassador, Sarah Ahmed

    CONTACT: Jean Smullen Tel: (086) 816 8468  E:  jean@jeansmullen.com

  • Didier Fiat R.I.P.

    Didier Fiat R.I.P.

    by Jean Smullen

    Published 04/01/2019

    Sad news of the death  of one of Ireland’s top Sommeliers Didier Fiat, on December 28th, 2018.

    Didier was the Head Sommelier at the Kildare Hotel & Country Club for many years and was one of the emerging stars of the developing wine industry in Ireland from the 1980’s onward.   Many of the countries top Sommeliers began their career under the tutelage of Didier, including Alain Brais and Simon Keegan.

    Didier represented Ireland at the ASI World Sommelier competition in Brazil in 1992 where he achieved 3rd place.  It was an enormous achievement for him and the Irish Guild of Sommelier and was one of the pivotal moments in the growth of the modern wine trade in Ireland.

    Based in Kildare more recently Didier ran a small successful importing company supplying many of Ireland’s top restaurants and off licences.  Our sincere condolences to his wife and children.

    Qu’il repose en paix

    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam


     Didier_Fiat_With_Glass_Small Didier Fiat 

    • 1992 Bronze Medallist(3rd Place) in the World ‘Best Sommelier’ Competition  in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil representing the Irish Guild of Sommeliers
    • 1992 won the Irish Guild of Sommeliers Best Sommelier in Ireland competition
    • Won the Sopexa Ireland ‘Best Sommelier’ in French Wines. 
    • Was awarded the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma.
    • He was also the Head Sommelier & Wine Buyer at the 5 Star ‘K Club’ for 14 years; has written wine articles for various publications such as Cara Magazine and Wine Ireland and even found time to give a few wine tasting presentations on the TV3 Show ‘Good Morning Ireland’.

    In 2005 Didier turned his full attention to developing Classique & Gourmet Wines Ltd.

    Oliver Murtagh, Irish Guild of Sommelier Chairman, Andrew O’ Gorman & David Dennison attended the competitions in Rio de Janeiro 

  • Wine Diary January 2019 Events Preview




    Wine Diary Highlights for January 2019

    January Diary Highlights
    Details of all these events are in the wine diary.The 2019 trade tasting season will begin with a number of generic wine fairs: on Monday 14th January, 2019 the New Zealand Wine  Fair- Flavours of New Zealand will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Golden Lane, Dublin 8.  Two days later at the same venue on Wednesday 16th January, 2019 The French Wines Discoveries Fair will see 35 French producers, all of whom are seeking representation on this market, heading for Dublin to do business.  On Monday 30th January, 2019  the Australia Trade Tasting a showcase of premium Australian wines will take place in the Round Room of the Mansion House in Dawson Street.

    On Monday 4th February, the Saint Chinian AOP Wine Event,  a group of producers from the region will hold an event in the Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place.  All are seeking representation. Tuesday 5th February, 2019, Borsa Vini the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) showcase,  will bring a delegation of 35 Italian wine producers from Southern Italy and the islands to Dublin. The 35 producers presenting their wines all come from the regions of Campania, Calabria, Basilicata, Puglia, Sicily, Abruzzo, Molise and Sardegna and all are seeking representation. The event will take place in the Radisson Blu Hotel.

    Monday 14th Jan 2018 Flavours of New Zealand
    Wed 16th January, 2019 French Wine Discoveries Fair
    Australia Trade Tasting 2019
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