• Easter Greetings

    The President Oliver J. Murtagh wishes all members & supporters of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers a Happy Easter

  • Malbec Masterclass at 12.00 noon on Monday 15th April, 2019

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    MALBEC MASTERCLASS – THE ALTITUDE EFFECT
    The Malbec Masterclass at 12.00 noon on Monday 15th April, 2019  will be presented by Albert Baginiski.  Albert’s knowledge and  passion for Malbec is inspiring;  his presentation will examine the effect of altitude on the flavour profile of the Malbec grape.

    Although Argentina has a continental climate there are two key factors that impact on the quality of the fruit; they are latitude and altitude.  Altitude in Mendoza varies from 600 metres to 1,500 metres above sea level.   The higher the altitude of the vineyard the cooler the region.   For every 165 metre increase the average temperature of the vineyard decreased by 1 degree and this directly affects the wine style.  Those attending will taste a range of Malbec wines from a range of altitudes from specific regions and vineyards in the  Mendoza region.

    About Albert Baginiski  Albert has been working in Ireland for 12 years.  He started his wine career in the restaurant at Donnybrook Fair before moving to L’Ecrivian for four years.  Today, Albert is the wine buyer and group educator at FXB restaurants.  Albert set up his own importing company Solera Wine Merchants in 2014, he imports wine from Spain, Italy, Argentina and France.

    Places for the Masterclass are limited, so early booking is advised.  Contact Jean Smullen to book your place. Email:  jean@jeansmullen.com Telephone (086) 816 8468

  • VINEXPO May 2019

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    The Vinexpo Symposium

    The wine and spirits industry faces many challenges, one of which is the impact of climate change on the supply chain. In conjunction with the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional Council, Vinexpo Bordeaux is inviting you to discuss this major issue for our industry in a day-long session on 14 May.

    THE 3-THEME PROGRAM
    The impact of climate change…

    10:00 - 11:30
    10:00 – 11:30
    … On global vineyards
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    12:00 - 13:30
    12:00 – 13:30
    … On vineyard management and winemaking
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    10:00 - 11:30
    15:00 – 16:30
    … On the wine economy
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    ANNOUNCING SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

    Michel Jarraud
    Former Secretary-General of the WMO, from 2004 to 2015
    Jean-Robert Pitte
    Perpetual Secretary of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences
    Philippe Mauguin
    INRA – President
    Brice Lalonde
    Former Minister of the Environment
    Patrice Geoffron
    University Paris-Dauphine – Professor of Economics
    Jim Bittermann
    CNN’s International Correspondent based in Paris
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    Tastings

    A presentation of wines from the Medoc, Haut-Médoc and Listrac Médoc

    Discover over a hundred wines by estates in the Medoc, Haut-Medoc and Listrac-Medoc appellation areas.
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    Tre Bicchieri 2019 versus 2020

    A unique preview of wines competing for a place in the 2020 edition of Gambero Rosso Vini d’Italia, the most influential Italian wines guide. find out more

    Saint-Estèphe wines and their precious terroir

    A major tasting of different vintages of Classified Growths, Crus Bourgeois, Crus Artisans and unclassified offerings – the entire collection of Saint-Estephe wines will be presented by the owners or managers of 30 chateaux.
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    Renaissance des Appellations

    60 biodynamic winegrowers belonging to Renaissance des Appellations will present their wines.
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    Masterclasses

    Sweet wines from around the world

    A journey of discovery featuring the greatest wines in the category.
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    Nicolas Feuillatte
    Champagne

    A technical tasting of the Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne range. find out more

    Gambero Rosso
    Vini d’Italia

    11 wines for 11 awards, the best of the best from the 2019 Gambero Rosso Guide.
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    Conferences

    E-commerce: what it takes to sell wine online

    Thanks to IWSR research, discover how will e-commerce develop over the next 10 years.

    Presentation of the Vinexpo/IWSR study:
    2018 – 2023

    Wine & Spirits global market trends.

    Wine journalism
    in digital times

    Is wine journalism still needed? Or is it enough that millions of users click on “like” for their favorite wine?

    Access conditions to Masterclasses & tastings are available on each event description.
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  • Jean Smullen Wine Diary Highlights for April 2019

    Wine Diary Highlights for April 2019
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    April is another busy month for the wine trade with lots of events and activities taking place.  Wines from Spain will be running their 4th Spanish wine week from 8th-14th April, 2019 with a nationwide programme of events.  Details on http://spanishwineweek.ie

    Tomorrow April 2nd don’t miss the Grapecircus and Nomad wine tasting in the Merrion Hotel, Dublin 2. from 11.00 to 17.00  Trade & Press only Enrico Fantasia and Charles Derain also promise French & Italian smart comments!

    Gilbeys/Bibendum are on the road this week with their wine tasting roadshow of the new wines from their portfolio.  Cork (Apr 2nd), Galway (Apr 3rd) Dublin (Apr 4th – details below), Belfast Apr 8th.

    Don’t miss the Georgian Masterclass in the Westbury on April 10th (details below) followed by a small wine fair.  10 producers will be showing their wines and seeking rep on the Irish market.

    The Argentine Wine Fair and Masterclass will take place in the Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place on Monday 15th. Details below.

    WINE DIARY HIGHLIGHTS FOR APRIL  2019  ARE LISTED BELOW, CLICK ON BOX TO BRING YOU TO WEBSITE https://jeansmullen.com/
    Monday 15th April Argentine Wine Fair & Masterclass
    Wed 10th April Georgian Masterclass & Wine Fair
    Thurs 4th April Gilbeys/Bibendum Dublin Tasting

  • GEORGIAN WINE MASTERCLASS 10th April

    The Embassy of Georgia in Ireland
    The National Wine Agency of Georgia
     in partnership with The Doyle Collection
    cordially invites you to attendGEORGIAN WINE MASTERCLASS – PRESENTATIONconducted by sommeliers from the National Wine Agency of Georgia

    on Wednesday, 10 April 2019

    Venue: The Westbury Hotel
    Grafton Street, Dublin 2
    14:00 -17:00
    (Trade & Press only)
          Wine masterclass starts at 2pm to 3pm;
    Free pour tasting 3pm to 5pm

    R.S.V.P. & to book Masterclass place:
    Jean Smullen, Mobile: (086) 816 8468
    email: jean@jeansmullen.com
    Note:  Masterclass places must be booked in advance
    Georgia has an 8,000 year old history of making wine.  Numerous archeological discoveries have left historians in no doubt that Georgia is the birthplace of wine.  What makes Georgian wine making so unique is their centuries old wine making technique, known as Quervi.  Wine is fermented in clay vessels to create rich organic wines using the same methods used in the Neolithic era.  This ancient Quervi winemaking technique is now listed as a UNESCO intangible heritage.  Georgia has over 500 indigenous grape varieties in 10 wine making regions with a variety of climates and mesoclimates where wine is very much a part of Georgian life and culture.Some of the wineries already signed up to take part in the 2019 Georgian Wine Fair include: 
    Alexsi Tsukilashvili, Director, ARMUNJI  LLC; Ketevan Zautashvili, Winemaker, ARMUNJI  LLC; Lika Dentoshvili, Marketing Director, Sesiashvili; Giorgi Mandzulashvili, Director, Marndzulas Marani; Gvantsa Tchigvaria, Marketing and Export Manager, Chrebalo Wine Cellar; Irakli Khakhutashvili, Director,Wine House Gremi