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Alsace – 10 key facts

Alsace (image courtesy of FWS)

  I met someone last week who was surprised that I knew where Colmar was. But of course, for any wine lover, it’s the heart of Alsace!  Having learned so much about its history and geology through the French Wine Scholar  course, I was thrilled to visit the area a couple of years ago. Ireland’s […]


Learn about wine: Barbaresco

Barbaresco vineyards 2

Barbaresco is perhaps one of the most muscular red wines on the planet – pale yet full-bodied, firmly tannic, with high acidity. In youth it gives earth, violets, roses and tart red fruit, becoming more tarry, leathery and liquorice-like with age. It is delicious with hearty winter dishes of slow-cooked beef, rabbit, lamb, venison, white […]

How Riesling Ages


I regularly give 6-9 year old traditional Mosel Rieslings at my wine courses.  Many students are confounded by its petrolly aromas, and undecided about its honeyed flavours, balanced against finely chiselled acidity. Winemason, one of the leading importers of German wines in Ireland,* invited Anne Krebiehl MW to Ireland this summer, to give a very […]

Introducing Brimoncourt Champagne

Brimoncourt giraffe

A rainy and relatively quiet June afternoon coincided nicely with an invitation from Boutique Wines to the launch of Brimoncourt Champagne in Ireland.  The venue was Pichet Restaurant,looking good after a revamp about a year ago.  The warm welcome from Johnny and Phil from Boutique Wines, as well as Jeremy from Pichet lifted my spirits […]

WSET Diploma 2016


The 2016 WSET Diploma in Dublin is now open for enrolment and full details can be found on the WSET website.    Note that WSET runs this course directly from their London office – contact Joseph Hallam (jhallam@wset.co.uk) directly if you have any queries. -        Enrolment deadline: 3rd October 2016 -        Course start: 7th November 2016 -        […]

Big Rhône Wine Quiz!


Win a wine holiday in the Rhône valley for yourself and 3 friends, courtesy of Inter-Rhône! Rhône Wine Week kicks off from 2-8th November, with a Big Rhône Quiz on Monday 2nd November, around 5.30pm, at a city-centre venue in Dublin.  The winner gets a 5-day wine holiday, for 4 people, including flights, camper van […]

10 things to know about WSET

1969 WSET started providing wine education.  ½ million people have achieved WSET qualifications since WSET started. 61,452 people sat exams for WSET qualifications in 2014/15 around the world. 9% growth in candidate numbers vs previous year. 66 countries where WSET wine courses are offered. Top 3 countries for candidates taking WSET courses: UK, USA, China. […]