11
Mar
14

Wine Alliance Featured in “De Paper”

Irish Examiner Logo Jan 2012Sincere thanks to Leslie of the Irish Examiner for a lovely writeup this weekend.

Very much appreciated.

For those of you who missed the article and are interested in reading all about it, the link to the article online is here and a copy is also available below, with thanks to the Irish Examiner

Leslie Williams Wine Article

Leslie is a great supporter of independant wine shops around Ireland and of the importers who try to bring in interesting and different wines. He took part in our series of “Bringing The WineGeese Home” tastings last year. The event was a great success and featured Leslie in conversation with and a tasting of the wines of Philip Grant of Chateau Bellevue La Foret and Neasa Corish Miquel of Laurent Miquel Wines.

Thanks again Leslie and look forward to seeing you at some of the upcoming wine events in Cork

25
Feb
14

Sherry & Tapas…..with an Irish Twist at Latitude 51

My good friends in Latitude 51 sent me on the following. It promises to be a fantastic event !

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For all you Sherry lovers, we’ve an unmissable event lined up for you next Tuesday 4th March at 7.30pm. In association with Wines of Spain, we are delighted to welcome César Saldaña, President of the Consejo Regulador de Jerez to L’Atitude 51 for a sherry & tapas tasting. We heard Cesar speak in Ballymaloe a few years ago and he is a truly great ambassador for sherry given his passion and knowledge of this unique wine.

No longer the preserve of grannies at Christmas, sherry is emerging as a hip and trendy drink. Running from bone dry to tooth-tinglingly sweet, we think it’s possibly one the world’s best food-matching wines, so are relishing the opportunity to find the perfect tapas match for each sherry. And to shake things up, we’re putting an Irish spin on them.

There are a series of tie-in events being organized by Wines of Spain next week, which is sees a lot of exciting Spanish tastings taking place, so keep an eye out for them. http://winesfromspaininireland.wordpress.com  

Price for Sherry Tasting & Tapas €15pp. We’re running a special price of €12 for anyone who came to one of our February events (Speed Tasting, Cine Café or Whiskey Masterclass). Call us on 021 2390219 or email us on info@latitude51.ie if you’d like to attend.  

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Beverley & Emma,

L’Atitude 51 Wine Cafe 1 Union Quay 021 239 0219

18
Feb
14

Wine Australia E-Newsletter

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Wine Australia UK/Ire/Eu Director Yvonne May with Maurice O’Mahony and Jancis Robinson MW.

I was delighted to get an email today from Wine Australia with a link to their newsletter where they have a feature on the WSET Wine Australia Scholarship winners, including yours truly.

The award is given to the high achieving graduate from Europe and from USA / Canada so I was very honoured to win in.

No itinerary as yet but it promises to be a trip of a lifetime. Sincere thanks to Wine Australia.

Details of Wine Australia’s e-newsletter can be found here 

29
Jan
14

Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena at The Grain Store Ballymaloe House

Wine fans ! This just in from Colm in Ballymaloe. Another wine event thats not to be missed. I have booked my ticket. Meet two of the wine worlds true legends

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Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley, California, at The Grain Store at Ballymaloe House, on Friday 7th February, 7pm. €18

We look forward to welcoming Bo & Heidi Barrett for a wine presentation & tasting

After the wine tasting, everyone is welcome to stay on for the screening of  the movie ‘Bottle Shock’, a film made about Chateau Montelena, which will be screened on the full theatre size screen in The Grain Store.

For further information, and to reserve places, please contact Colm 086 0859034 E-mail: colm@ballymaloe.ie

 

Ballymaloe House,

Shanagarry, Co. Cork, Ireland

 Tel: 00 353 (0)21 4652531

www.ballymaloe.ie

24
Jan
14

The Wine and Spirit Educational Trust Diploma Awards 2014

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London’s Guildhall

The week got off to an amazing start on Monday when my wife and I headed off to London’s Guildhall for The Wine and Spirit Educational Trust Diploma Awards 2014 . An amazing venue with some incredible history dating back to the 1400′s. A really beautiful building outside and in

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The Great Hall – well named !

Regina (aka Mrs WineAllianceMoz) was on crutches due to a broken bone in her left leg, the result of slipping on black ice while on an early morning run over the festive season. Well the WSET and the good people of the Guildhall were really incredible. They had a specially reserved seat for her during the ‘Tio Pepe’ Sherry reception in the Crypt and we were brought through the building in elevators and through private rooms so that she would not have to negotiate any stairs. Again she had a special reserved seat in the Great Hall for the awards ceremony. Real five star stuff. So a big thank you to everyone involved. Its really, really appreciated.

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The Crypt

The awards kicked off at 6.30pm and were hosted by the WSET CEO Ian Harris. He was great and kept everyone entertained and on time for the 90 minutes of the ceremony.

The awards were presented by wine legend, Jancis Robinson OBE MW in her third and final year as Honorary President. Gerard Basset takes over and it was great to chat with him before the ceremony began. Its not everyday you get to meet someone who is a Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, Wine MBA and an OBE !

As we neared the end of the presentations, I was led on stage to accept the Wine Australia Scholarship from Yvonne May of Wine Australia and Jancis Robinson. A proud moment indeed as its awarded to the high achieving graduate from Europe (there is also one for the high achieving graduate from USA / Canada). The prize is amazing as it’s a two week visit to some of Australia’s wine regions and a chance to meet many iconic winemakers and taste their world famous wines. Its scheduled for October time so thats something to really look forward to.

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Must get a better zoom lens for the iPhone

We all retired to the drinks & canapés reception in the Library afterwards where a glass of Champagne went down a treat followed by a glass of white Burgundy and a chance to chat with fellow graduates and guests. It was great to meet with fellow graduate Tony Ambrosini from the USA as we had exchanged many wine study emails over the last number of months of our distance learning program. I was delighted to see him win a Scholarship also. It was a pleasure to chat again with David Bird MW and to get the opportunity to say hello to Michael Broadbent MW, author of 433 wine columns in Decanter magazine.

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Tony Ambrosini, David Bird MW and myself enjoying a glass or two

I want to sincerely thank everyone who helped me over the last couple of years in my Diploma study. The studying was tough but I got lots of help from friends and family. Thanks to all my lecturers, tutors and my fellow Diploma students, both classroom and online. Thanks to Dermot Nolan MW for all his help and advice and to my online tutors for their help for the Unit 3 exams. Thanks to Owen Barritt of the WSET for keeping us all on track with our study. A big shout out to the Diploma tasting group in Cork for many, many Monday night blind wine tasting sessions and loads of help, advice and fun. Thanks to the many Diploma graduates for great advice and to my customers for their encouragement. If I’ve forgotten anyone, thank you. Sincerely.

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The Wine Australia Scholarship

Most of all, thanks to my family, especially to my two daughters Rionna and Ciara and my wife Regina who put up with so much ‘study time’. I really couldn’t have done it without you.

Wine learning never stops, the journey continues . . .

17
Jan
14

London calling . . . .

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Londons Guildhall

Suit is ready, shirt is ironed and I’ve even packed a tie. Heading off to London town on Monday to attend the WSET Diploma Graduation in London’s Guildhall. Not a shabby location at all ! :)

It promises to be a fine evening if previous years is anything to go on. Lots of the big names of the wine world attend so it will be great to meet and chat with some wine royalty.

The awards are being presented by Jancis Robinson MW so it will be great to meet her again after meeting her at the Ballymaloe LitFest in May last year where she gave an incredible talk and tasting.

Not a bad way to start a week !

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Myself, La Regina (aka Mrs @winealliancemoz), Jancis Robinson MW and Beverly Mathews of Latiitude 51

07
Jan
14

January : Its all about the planning

Ahhh January. Here we are again. A New Year stretches out before us with all its possibilities.

After the hectic few weeks leading up to Christmas with no days off and lots of early mornings and late nights clocked up, January arrives and wine importers like myself set about planning all the good stuff for the year ahead. Sales wise, its the calm after the storm as people embark on new fitness plans and go off the “drink”. Down with the latter plan I say (moderation is the key) but I’m all for the former. I took up running 5 months ago. Total game-changer !

January results in a different kind of busy as I said above. I find myself flat out this time of the year as I get myself ready for the months ahead. There’s the end of year accounts to get completed (ohh the excitement). Most of all, its a time to be creative and plan the strategy for 2014 and beyond. So while sales will tip along this month and next (thankfully a steady start already this month for Wine Alliance – thank you my wonderful and loyal customers !), the next few weeks are about thinking outside the box as the experts say and getting the company in fine shape for when the season really kicks off again.

So I have a whole range of good stuff to work on in the coming weeks

  • I’ll be speaking with and meeting existing and new wineries
  • I’ll be doing a lot more wine talks, wine classes and lecturing this year
  • Working on new wines for the season and tasting new vintages (hopefully some lovely new stuff coming up from existing wineries and some new wineries as well. All will be revealed ! )
  • Negotiating prices for the year in order to continue to bring wines to the market that way over-deliver on their price point, despite our Government destroying our industry with duty and vat rates
  • New marketing materials being worked on
  • Visiting existing and new customers around the country. Customers take a fresh look at their portfolio so I’ll be meeting customers and sampling wines a lot over the coming weeks
  • Working on strategic alliances with some cool people in the wine trade. This is the really exciting bit.
  • On a personal note, I’m heading off to London’s Guildhall on the 20th to meet the who’s who of the world wine trade. I’ll be there receiving my WSET Dip scroll from wine legend, Jancis Robinson and will hopefully meet some more of my wine heroes if previous years attendees list is anything to go on. Should be a great evening !

Right, I’d better get back to it !

Wishing you and yours a happy and successful 2014




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