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 ( 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 […]

Chris Hatcher – an inside track

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Wolf Blass President’s Selection is for many people, the wine of choice for special occasions. About fifteen years ago, Ireland drank more of this level than any other country in the world!  I was lucky recently to spend an hour with Chris Hatcher, the winemaker behind Wolf Blass for the last 25 years. In 2013 […]

Flying winemakers

Matt Thomson

People over a certain age might remember a TV series called The Flying Doctors.  Set in Australia, doctors were dispatched out to medical dramas in the outback by helicopter. In the wine world, flying winemakers take advantage of seasonal variation between northern and southern hemispheres, by making  two vintages per year, one in northern Europe […]

Gruner Veltliner

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If you consider that there are somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 varieties of vitis vinifera, the vine species used to make wine, it is hardly surprising that many remain obscure.   Grüner Veltliner has less than 20,000 hectares of vines planted around the world, in contrast to more popular Chardonnay, which has more than 160,000. […]

A Wine Goose Chase

Wine Goose Chase

The highly-praised wine show, A Wine Goose Chase with Susan Boyle is coming to Templeogue, on Thursday 31st January 2013, 8pm. If you like the thrill of the theatre, comedy, the history and romance of wine (including Ireland’s links to the wine industry), tasting wine, then you will love this one-woman show.  The performance is just […]

McGuigan City Vineyard masterclass on wine

McGuigan City Vineyard

The McGuigan City Vineyard will bring a taste of the Australian winelands to Dublin as they create a city centre vineyard in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, complete with 70 year old Australian vines. During the event, and in partnership with WSET, McGuigan will be running two-hour masterclasses, exclusively for WSET students. Each masterclass will […]