• WSET Diploma Level 4 Open Day Dublin


    WSET Diploma Level 4 Open Day Dublin

    Consumer & Trade Event

    Date: 13/05/2019 – 13/05/2019 Time: 18:30 – 21:30

    Calling all WSET Level 3 graduates or anyone with similar qualifications.  The WSET will be holding an open day in Dublin on Tuesday 13th May to encourage anyone who is actively thinking of enrolling onto the new WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines. Find out how studying for this industry-leading qualification could benefit you.


    The WSET will launch launching a new revised version of the Diploma in August 2019. This market-leading qualification will set a new global standard for wine education, building on the success of the current WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits. The programme will provide students with expert-level product knowledge whilst enabling the development of professional skills key to success in the global wine business.


    Diploma Programme Manager, Russell Dent WSET Dip will conduct a wine tasting at Diploma level and will offer detailed information covering:

    How studying for the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines can benefit you

    Key changes and updates to the qualification

    The structure of the qualification and how each module is assessed

    How WSET School will support  you throughout your studies

    Available study methods and payment options

    The ongoing benefits of becoming part of the WSET Alumni Body


    An attendance fee of €10.00 will apply.


    To book a place CLICK HERE

  • Wine Diary Update May 2019

    2019 has certainly been an active year so far in terms of wine events, lots of generic activity and portfolio tastings.  May is another busy month for wine events.  Look out for Classic Drinks New Pink Bubbles tasting on Monday 13th May in Cafe en Seine in Dawons Street (details below).

    The WSET will be holding an open day for anyone thinking of enrolling for WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits.  It will take place in the Hilton Garden Inn on Custom House Quay, Dublin 1. from 18:30 – 21:30 on May 13th more details in the wine diary.

    Dont miss the Romanian Wine Fair on Tuesday 14th May, 2019 at the Hilton (Dublin) Hotel in Charlemont Place starting at 14:00 Open to trade & press.  Most of the producers are seeking representation. (details below).

    Fans of natural wine are in for a treat with The Real Wine Fair (May 15th) and the Amber Revolution Masterclass (May 16th) details in the diary.

    The Big Alsace Tasting (trade & consumer) is back for a second year and will take place on Wed 22ndMay, 2019 at ely wine bar IFSC, Dublin 1 (details below).

    Hats off to Beverley Matthews of L’Atitude Restaurant for keeping the show on the road and then some.  L’Atitude premises were damaged in a fire on St Patrick’s Day this year.  Temporarily without a premises,  Beverley has managed to keep her events going with the help of her many friends in the trade.   A full and very interesting programme of events continue in Idaho Café on Caroline Street, Crawford & Co on Anglesea Street and Ali’s Kitchen on Rory Gallagher Place.

    For more details go to http://www.latitude51.ie/

    Romanian Wine Fair




    The Big Alsace Tasting – Trade & Press Tasting  22nd May

    Trade Event
  • Sliabh Liag Distillery and Silkie Irish Whiskey – Published in SommelierS International Magazine – Issue 164 – May 2019

    Sliabh Liag Distillery and Silkie Irish Whiskey

    Andrew O’ Gorman, Secretary Irish Guild of Sommeliers

    Published in SommelierS International Magazine – Issue 164 – May 2019

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    Donegal has a long history of distilling, and while the majority of that distilling was classed as illegal, the county was renowned far and wide for the quality of spirits produced, namely the unregulated spirit – Poitín. By the 1850,s, Donegal was thought to have more illicit stills than the rest of Ireland put together but since the closure of the Burt Distillery in 1841 the area has been left bereft of a legitimate distilling presence. The Sliabh Liag Distillery aims to reclaim the Irish distilling heritage of Donegal, and to create brands that are inspired by both place and people.

    James and Moira Doherty, the founders are no strangers to the drinks industry, James has worked in the branded spirits and beer industry for over twenty years. They launched the first legal distillery in Donegal in almost 180 years. The Sliabh Liag Distillery launched its first expression, an independent bottling of Irish Whiskey named Silkie in 2016. Silkie is inspired by the legends long told along the coasts of Donegal of the Silkie or Silkie seals. Silkies take the form of seals in the ocean, and irresistibly beautiful women when they come ashore. On the nose Silkie Whiskey is fresh and malty, bright notes of green apple and a gentle honeyed butteryness. The taste is super soft, exceptionally smooth and elegant, with lively hints of orange zest and stem ginger. On the finish it is warming, graceful and gently melts away. The blue green of the label reflects the colour of the Wild Atlantic from the cliffs at Sliabh Liag in Donegal.

    Sliabh Liag: Sliabh means mountain and Liag means flagstones. Sliabh Liag stands sentinel over County Donegal on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic coast. Often described as “a place apart” this remote and beautiful land holds the terroir, heritage and folklore for our team of scatterings to embark on an exciting distilling journey.


    It lacks any English or indeed Irish translation, but the French have a word, a romantic and mystical term, for the synergy between soil, climate, tradition and terrain.

    It is this synergy that creates the finest of liquids. On the Sliabh Liag peninsula, surrounded by blue-green seas and punctuated by ancient imposing mountains, fairy glens and beaches of silver sand, the stunning landscape is home to vast expanses of heather and peat bogs, formed by abundant rainfall over thousands of years.

    Mixed with the fragrant sea spray from the wild Atlantic, the air is strikingly fresh, bracing and leaves a slight salty tang of the sea on the tip of your tongue.

    If terroir does have a bearing on spirits, then the Sliabh Liag peninsula is ideally suited to creating wonderful liquids.


    Donegal is steeped in a history of legal and illicit distillation, and the Sliabh Liag peninsula and the parish of Glencolmcille were among the most prolific Poitín producing areas in the County. Aeneas Coffey (1780–1839) was an Irish inventor and distiller whose work on continuous distillation transformed the industry  referred to distilling in the mountainous parts of Donegal as being where illicit distillation “has been carried on from time immemorial and been the principal occupation of almost the whole population”.  Poitín, anglicized as poteen is a traditional Irish distilled beverage (40%–90% ABV). Poitín was traditionally distilled in a small pot still and the term is a diminutive of the Irish word pota, meaning “pot”

    TASTING NOTES of Silkie Irish Whiskey

    Colour – Straw gold with hints of amber.

    Nose – Fresh and malty, brisk like green apples, opens to be more honeyed with a gentle butteryness.

    Taste – Super soft, honey to the fore, bright, hints of orange zest, digestive biscuits, brioche, butterscotch and stem ginger.

    Finish – Warming, elegant and gently melts away.





    The TÚATH (tu – ah) – from the old Irish for family or nation, is a conical shaped nosing and tasting glass for whiskey that functions superbly by concentrating & capturing all the aromas and flavours that make Irish Whiskey unique.

    The generosity of Irish spirit is reflected in the enhanced chamber capacity delivering a more generous drinking experience.

    tuath glass inspired by skellig micheal


    Deirdre Byrne, Marketing Manager Sliabh Liag Distillery stated “there are many ways to enjoy this whiskey. It can be consumed neat or with ice, it is also a great whiskey in cocktails due to its light and delicate style. Bartenders and sommeliers especially like to make cocktails with Silkie Irish Whiskey which allows them to experiment with their creativity and set their own specifications when it comes to creating original cocktails”. Deirdre won a gold at the World Cocktail Championships in Prague 2013.

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    Deirdre Byrne with Andy O’ Gorman

    A personalised bottle of Silkie Irish Whiskey was presented to William Wouters, President of the Belgian Sommeliers Guild by Oliver Murtagh President Irish Guild of Sommeliers at the ASI world Sommelier Contest in Antwerp, Belgium during March 2019.

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    The distributor for Silkie Irish Whiskey in Belgium is Munros Beers and Spirits, Walhain.     https://www.munros.be/our-products/  Munros sprl Rue des Ourdons, 9/5, 1457 Walhain, Belgium    Mobile & Landline : +32 10 65 24 65

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    I conducted a tasting of Silkie Irish Whiskey for a number of delegates attending the ASI World Sommelier Contest and they found this a very interesting Irish Whiskey outlining a number of differences from other Irish whiskies which they were familiar with. They also thought that the bottle was very elegant and were interested in the story of the name Silkie along with an explanation of the words Drioglann, Sliabh & Liag.

    The Original Irish Coffee Recipe made with Silkie Irish Whiskey

    1. Preheat your Irish coffee glass by filling it with boiling water for 5 seconds, then pour the water out.
    2. Add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and a good measure of Silkie Irish whiskey into the warmed glass.
    3. Fill the glass to within 1 cm of the brim with hot, strong black coffee. Stir well to dissolve all the brown sugar.
    4. Carefully pour lightly whipped cream over the back of a spoon so that it floats on top of the coffee.
    5. Do not stir after adding the cream; optimal flavour comes from drinking the coffee and Silkie Irish whiskey through the cream. Image result for foynes irish coffee glass

    Silkie Irish Whiskey makes a beautiful Irish Coffee – Sláinte


  • Big Alsace Tasting @ Ely IFSC 22nd May

    Invitation to the Big Alsace Tasting

    After a successful inaugural year in 2018, the Big Alsace Tasting returns to Dublin as part of Alsace Wine Week.

    The trade and press tasting will take place at Ely Bar & Grill (IFSC) on Wednesday 22nd May from 11.00 to 17.30.

    There will be a second, ticketed session for consumers from 18.00 to 20.00.

    Over 25 producers’ wines will be shown at this walk-around tasting, including: Dirler Cadé, Marcel Deiss, Paul Ginglinger, Hugel, Josmeyer, Sipp-Mack, Meyer-Fonné, Réné Muré, Bruno Sorg, Schlumberger, Trimbach, Cave de Turckheim, Zinck & Zind-Humbrecht

    Please RSVP to Frankie Cook at alsacewineireland@gmail.com

    Six reasons to love Alsace wines

    1. The wines are so pure, mineral and aromatic that they are a delight to drink.
    2. There’s so much variety across the whole region that there are always new, interesting wines to discover.
    3. They range from the simple to the very complex and reflect where and by who they are made.
    4. The soil mosaic of Alsace is among the most complex of any wine region.
    5. The wines can age well, sometimes for decades.
    6. As they are under-the-radar they represent great value for money.
  • ROMANIAN WINE TASTING 14th May, 2019 Hilton (Dublin) Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin


    As part of the special programme celebrating Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union (1 January 2019 – 30 June 2019), the Embassy of the Romania will be holding a Romanian Wine Tasting in Dublin in the Hilton (Dublin) Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2 from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday 14th May, 2019

    The event, which will also include a program of Romanian music, performed by the RTE ConTempo Quartet featuring Adrian Mantu and Iulian Pusca will be launched by HE Mrs. Manuela Breazu, Ambassador of Romania.

    Particiating wineries include:
    Avencis (seeking representation), Castel Vinum “Villa Vinea” (seeking representation), Corcova (seeking representation),  Cramele RecasDavino (seeking representation),  Prince Stirby (seeking representation),  Senator Wines (seeking representation),  Ro Wines the Romanian specialist shop based in Dublin will also participate.

    The Romanian Wine Fair is being organized by the Embassy of Romania in Dublin.

    Mr. Dumitru ANCA, Minister
    Counsellor Economic & Commercial Embassy of Romania to Ireland
    Ph:   + 353 1 668 1149  E-mail: dublin.economic@mae.ro

    R.S.V.P TO
    Jean Smullen  Tel: + 353 1 86 816 8468  E:  jean@jeansmullen.com