New Zealand Winegrowers will host its 22nd tasting of New Zealand wines in Ireland on Monday 14th January 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8. Time: 2.00-6.00 p.m.
Dublin Trade masterclass (13:00)
Exploring New Zealand’s Regional Heroes
Join John Wilson on a journey around New Zealand wine regions to showcase New Zealand’s classic regional and varietal expressions. Places at the Masterclass are limited and must be pre-booked. Please contact Jean Smullen to book.
The Sommelier Sauvignon Selection
Sommeliers who have been to New Zealand onSommit, the New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier scholarship have nominated their favourite Sauvignon Blanc discoveries on the trip. This is a selection of those Sauvignons which stood out to them and would work well on a restaurant wine list.
Chardonnay is grown throughout New Zealand and strongly reflects our terroir and the huge regional diversity. A wide-range of Chardonnay styles are produced in New Zealand, from fruit-driven and unoaked, to luscious examples with complexity, elegance, and a touch of oak. This tasting is a small snapshot of what the country can offer for this most versatile of grape varieties.
Participating wineries for the 2019 New Zealand Winegrowers annual tasting include: Askerne Winery, Awatere River, Babich, Brancott Estate, Cloudy Bay, Felton Road, Lawsons Dry Hills, Mt Beautiful Wines – Teece Family Vineyards, Nautilus, Oyster Bay, Pegasus Bay, Sacred Hill, Saint Clair Family Estate, Seifried Estate, te Pa Family Vineyards, Villa Maria, Waimea, Wither Hills, Yealands Family Wines
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Willie Aherne’s Whiskey Palace at the Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin was chosen as the first on-trade establishment to release a 17 year-old single cask Irish whiskey.
Redbreast 17 Year Old Single Malt was exclusively bottled for Willie Aherne’s Whiskey Palace. A historic day here in The Palace, first Dublin pub, to have a redbreast single cask Irish whiskey. Exclusively bottled, yield of 540 bottles, 59.7%, 17year old from cask 18831. The whiskey was aged in a first-fill ex-Sherry cask. The result is a limited edition collectible whiskey. The whiskey was introduced at a tasting in the Whiskey Palace on 21st November,2018 at which bottles were released for general sale.
Willie Aherne of the Whiskey Palace said: “Our shelves are already full of the finest selection of Irish whiskey but the addition of this label, unique to us, has been a dream in the making for many years. Since we announced that we’d be releasing the Redbreast 17 Year Old there has been great anticipation among whiskey collectors and enthusiasts alike.
At the launch Willie also stated we chose to partner with Irish Distillers for this venture due to the consistent quality of their whiskey and multiple awards won by the distillery over the years We knew they would produce a special whiskey for us at the Whiskey Palace. This is the coming together of two great houses that have such a strong history and heritage.”
The Palace has attained international acclaim for its singular devotion to the promotion of Irish whiskey. In excess of 300 of the finest Irish whiskies can be savoured here attracting whiskey connoisseurs from far and wide. This excellent range of Irish whiskies has been developed by Willie Aherne. When Bill Aherne, acquired the palace in 1946 it was common for public houses to have their own bottled whiskey and The Palace Bar had the renowned “The Palace Brand Whiskey”. August 2011 The Palace Bar revived this tradition of having its own bottled whiskey again with the exclusive single cask “The Palace Bar 9 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey” which was launched on 18th August, 2011.
In October 2013 the Palace opened a whiskey bar called Whiskey Palace and on the same night launched a new whiskey called Palace Bar Fourth Estate Single Malt. The name the ‘Fourth Estate’ refers to the time when the journalists would frequent the Palace Bar and use it as if it were their office.
November, 2018 Redbreast 17 Year Old Single Malt is a prestigious addition to their offering. It’s on sale in the bar for €25 a measure, with a bottle priced at €350.
Redbreast 17 Year Old Single Cask begins with a smooth mouthfeel, and then exposes mild nuttiness and dried fruit character. As the tannins evolve, slightly drier notes come to the fore, along with roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. The pot still spices linger, while the sweet fruit character fades, leaving the oak tannins continuing to the end.
Today, the Palace Bar is run by Willie Aherne ably assisted by his father Liam.
Oliver Murtagh, President and Andrew O’ Gorman, Secretary Irish Guild of Sommeliers attended the function last night on the invitation of Willie Aherne.
Flavours of New Zealand 2019 Consumer Show
by Jean Smullen
New Zealand Winegrowers will host its 22nd tasting of New Zealand wines in Ireland in January 2019. With a number of key New Zealand wineries showing at the Dublin show in 2019 there will be over 150 New Zealand wines available to taste. The consumer tickets are now on sale. This is one of the most popular consumer wine events and is a great way to start the wine New Year!
Participating wineries for the 2019 New Zealand Winegrowers annual tasting include: Askerne Winery, Babich, Brancott Estate, Cloudy Bay, Felton Road, Lawsons Dry Hills, Mt Beautiful Wines – Teece Family Vineyards, Oyster Bay, Pegasus Bay, Sacred Hill, Saint Clair Family Estate, Seifried Estate, te Pa Family Vineyards, Villa Maria, Yealands Family Wines
FLAVOURS OF NEW ZEALAND – DUBLIN 2019 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Monday 14th January, 2019 Venue: Radisson Blu, Golden Lane, Dublin 8.
Tickets are now on sale price €15.00. A great idea as a Christmas stocking filler for the wine enthusiast in your life.
To purchase tickets you can use the following methods:
To purchase a ticket to the 2019 New Zealand event CLICK HERE (Credit Card accepted)
Or contact Jean Smullen in Dublin. Email: [email protected] Telephone (086) 816 8468
New Zealand Winegrowers 2019 Sommelier Scholarship recipients announced
New Zealand Winegrowers is pleased to announce the 18 successful sommeliers chosen to participate in
the 2019 New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship.
The New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship is a global initiative with sommeliers from
Australia, Asia, Canada, Europe, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and USA all
eligible to participate.
Limited to just 20 attendees, the two-day Sommit™ will be hosted in Hawke’s Bay on the 25 & 26 January
2019, by NZ Master of Wine Stephen Wong and UK Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn.
The event is a celebration of the lesser known aspects of New Zealand wine, with particular emphasis on
the facets that resonate with the sommelier community and is just one part of an intensive programme
of 11 days, including the International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration in Marlborough and the Chardonnay
and Sparkling Wine symposium in Gisborne.
“It has been a privilege to welcome such a talented and passionate group of wine professionals to New
Zealand on the scholarship programme, exploring the depth and breadth of New Zealand’s many wine
regions,” said New Zealand Winegrowers’ Global Marketing Director Chris Yorke.
Sommit™ is a closed-door sommelier-only event, and a very different kind of tasting that is directed by
the attendees based on what they taste in the glass. “At the end of their experience we hope the scholars
will share personal wine discoveries and insights from their trip with their customers and the wider
sommelier community – something we simply cannot replicate in a classroom. We look forward to them
becoming true ambassadors for New Zealand wine,” said Mr Yorke.
The 18 successful sommeliers are:
• Arneis Wu, Joel Robuchon (Shanghai)
• Kerry Qin, Bellagio Hotel (Shanghai)
• Mathias Camilleri MS, CE LA VI (Singapore)
• Matthew Dunne, Solotel (Sydney)
• Emma Farrelly, State Buildings (Perth)
• Stephanie Jacob, Supernormal (Melbourne)
• David Murphy, One Penny Red (Sydney)
• Bridget Raffal, Sixpenny (Sydney)
• Véronique Rivest, SOIF Wine Bar (Quebec)
United Arab Emirates:
• Luca Gagliardi, Pierchic Restaurant (Dubai)
• Candice Chow, Go To Collection (Queenstown)
UK & Europe:
• Melania Battiston, 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen
• Ian Brosnan, Ely Restaurant Group (Ireland)
• Emma Ziemann, Thörnströms Kök (Sweden)
• Vanessa Da Silva, Ninety Acres (Peapack, New Jersey)
• Jillian Riley, NoMI (Chicago, Illinois)
• Winn Roberton, Bourbon Steak at Four Seasons (Washington D.C.)
• Emily Tolbert, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse (Houston, Texas)
To date, the New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship has hosted five Sommit™ events for 79
sommeliers from 15 countries. Previous Sommit™ events have seen a marked increase in listings of New
Zealand wines in top international restaurants.
for more information on the scholarship process and programme.
• New Zealand wine is exported to more than 90 countries, with total exports reaching $1.7
billion in 2018.
For further information contact:
International Education Manager
New Zealand Winegrowers
FOOD&WINE’s 2018 Sommelier of the Year Julie Dupouy is a perfect example of a first-rate sommelier.
Julie holds the title of Best Sommelier in Ireland 2018 (Irish Guild of Sommeliers) and currently works as a Sommelier – Consultant with the 1* Michelin Chapter One Restaurant and as Brand Ambassador with Edward Dillon’s Champagne portfolio, which includes Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Dom Perignon, Ruinart, Krug.
On top of all that, Julie also runs her own sommelier consulting business, Down2Wine, offering private wine tastings and training.
Commenting on her win of Best Sommelier at the recent FOOD&WINE Awards in association with Nespresso Professional, Julie says that:
“It is a great privilege to win this award. The sommelier profession in Ireland is in great shape at the moment with many talented sommeliers. The Irish wine industry has had some very tough years not so long ago and I am excited to say that the energy at the moment within the industry is as positive as it has ever been.
The choice of wine that is being imported, the knowledge selling it and the open-mindedness of the customers in Ireland is incredibly encouraging for a sommelier at any stage of their career”.
So, where did her passion for the grape come from?
Born in the South West of France, in the city of Agen, Julie tells F&W that her passion for good food “comes from my grandmother, on my father’s side. She cooked instinctively, using her senses and experience.”
Julie decided at an early age that she wanted to become a sommelier – telling her parents her career plans at just 16th birthday, after her Granddad had opened a special bottle of wine from the year of my birth.
“I remember being very excited by the idea of it and I decided to start reading about wine to try to understand it better.”
Julie passed her Mention Complémentaire Sommellerie (formal study of sommellerie) in 2003, and hasn’t look back since.
Upon moving to Ireland in 2004, Julie has worked for some of the greatest spots for wine lovers, including Residence Members Club, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Fallon & Byrne and The Greenhouse on Dawson Street.
In 2016, she finished 3rd at the ASI World Sommelier Championship representing Ireland and the Irish Guild of Sommeliers.
Her plans for the future? Julie’s hope is “to inspire others and to give them a little of the inspiration I was fortunate to have in my early life with a view to opening the window for people into the beautiful world of wine and sensory pleasure.”
The words of a truly excellent sommelier, indeed.