• 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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  •  Liam Aherne, Palace Bar, Dublin being presented with a portrait of himself

     Liam Aherne, Palace Bar, Dublin being presented with a portrait of himself which was commissioned by the Irish Guild of Sommeliers. 
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     Oliver J. Murtagh President of Irish Guild of Sommeliers making the presentation to Liam. Also included in the photo are Andrew O’ Gorman, Secretary Irish Guild of Sommeliers and Willie Aherne, Palace Bar.
  • Flavours of New Zealand 14.01.2019

    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.
    Themed Tables
    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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  • The Robin has landed at the Palace

    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.

    Willie Aherne Palace Bar & Whiskey Palace


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  • Flavours of New Zealand 2019 Consumer Show

    Flavours of New Zealand 2019 Consumer Show

    by Jean Smullen

    Published 02/11/2018

    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

  • Media Release: New Zealand Sommelier scholarship

    Ian Brosnan of Ely wine bar Ely Place

    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)
    New Zealand:
    • 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.
    Visit https://www.nzwine.com/en/events/new-zealand/new-zealand-wine-sommit/
    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:
    Rhonda Finlay
    International Education Manager
    New Zealand Winegrowers
    +64 226513319
    [email protected]

  • F&W Sommelier of the Year 2018: Julie Dupouy

    A new generation of sommeliers are reminding the public of the importance of trusting someone to help you navigate a restaurant’s wine list, and we want to celebrate this exciting evolution in the wine industry.

    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.