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 […]


Zenato Wines

Alberto Zenato and Maureen OHara 150x150

Zenato wines greatly impressed me at a recent wine tasting. Quality was consistently high across the  range of red and white wines. Moreover, on re-tasting the humble Valpolicella after the delight of Amarone, the quality still hummed.  A good sign! Alberto Zenato, who heads the family-owned business, kindly gave a wine tasting for Premier Wine […]

IWC announce wine course bursaries

IWC logo

Bursaries are now available from the IWC for WSET® Level 3 wine courses.   The WSET®  is the world’s largest provider of vocational wine training, and their qualifications are recognised worldwide.  There are up to 200 bursaries available annually from the IWC (International Wine Challenge), for students outside the UK, and the value of each is 20% […]

Wolf Blass Black Label

Wolf Blass Black Label

My last few weeks’ wine courses have been devoted to explaining the importance of site in French wines.  Wolf Blass Black Label is a refreshing change from regionality, as the aim of this style is lush fruit.  The wines are selected from the best barrels of each vintage, and are primarily Cabernet & Shiraz.  The enormous […]

Premier Wine Training offers bursaries for WSET wine courses

WSET approved provider

Premier Wine Training is offering over €1,500 worth of bursaries for its WSET wine courses. Two bursaries are for WSET Intermediate Certificate courses (worth €425 each), and one for the WSET Advanced Certificate course (worth €695). The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is the “leading provider of vocational training in the UK” and around the […]

Premier Wine Training reviews

Maureen OHara

With scheduled wine courses now coming to an end for the summer break, I thought I would take some time to look back on the last six months, since I started running wine courses in Dublin for my new business, Premier Wine Training. Although I have taught for over 13 years for the Wine Development […]

Wedding wine tips

choosing wines for a wedding

With the wedding fair season in full swing, here are some tips when it comes to choosing wines for a wedding. Wine styles: Disregard your own tastes on the day! You should aim to serve wine styles which will appeal to the masses, everyone from your elderly relations to your hip city friends. Generally speaking, anything […]