Name: Maggie Domaradzka
Company: Maggie Wine Adventure
Maggie Wine Adventure is a project focusing on eno-tourism, and thus focusing on the exploration of new wines, new wine styles, and new grape varieties. This project is about wine and joy. I love travelling and I’ve been lucky to visit many wine-making countries and meet some of the producers in person.
Tell me about your current role?
It is a new chapter in my wine journey. At the moment, I’m working for Searsons Wine Merchants in Monkstown, where you can find an excellent selection of very good quality wines. Come and visit us. Have a dip in the sea at the Seapoint and taste the wine after. Every weekend we open a couple of wines to try.
How did you first get into the drinks industry?
Apart from drinking wine and falling in love with this amazing product, I started to read about wine and eventually did the WSET Level 2, and most recently WSET 3. This was an eye-opener. After that, I decided to share my knowledge and passion and I started to organise wine tastings for friends.
What is your favourite part about working in the industry?
Meeting the winemakers and people with a passion for wine and nature. I love exploring, and travelling, you can learn something new every day.
We’re meeting up for a wee drink after work – what are you having?
Sparkling Brut Nature, also Sekt – this wine won’t make you fat 😉
You can only have one drink for the rest of your life, what’s in your glass?
Ready to drink a glass of red wine, e.g. Rioja Tondonia. I also like the rose from them but it is hard to get it here. I visited this winery last year and I admire the “tradition” and patience.
It’s Saturday night, what restaurant are you going to?
I love Asian food so you can find me in a Thai or Japanese restaurant with a glass of Riesling (preferably from Germany, or Poland!)
Is there a bucket list drink you want to try, or a dream drinks destination you’d love to visit?
My dream is to travel to Napa Valley and cycle there.
I’d also love to taste all of Vega Sicilia’s portfolio in Spain. If someone at Vega Sicilia is reading this please invite me for your portfolio tasting 😉
The most memorable experience of your career?
I’m a co-organiser of Polish Wine Fest. The first event of its kind in Ireland, and also the biggest festival featuring only Polish wine outside of Poland. I’m very proud of how it turned out – we invited 16 winemakers, we had 250 visitors, and we had a Masterclass led by a famous wine journalist from Poland. Again I would love to thank our sponsors, Polish Embassy, Green Speed Express, and Tindal Wine Merchants. We had an Irish coffee supplier, Groundstate, and also some Irish cheeses from Corleggy and an Irish bakery, Strudel, who donated their cakes.
It was a real success both in the wine industry and as a social gathering. It all happened on the 27th March and I’m already thinking of the next editions. Check our website Polish Wine Fest for more details of Polish wine tasting.
One thing you’d like to see more of in the drinks industry?
More wine festivals and tastings open for the public to teach how to taste and enjoy wine every day.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a career in the industry?
First and foremost, start reading more about wine, sign up for SOMM TV, watch some webinars by Jancis Robinson, buy all her books 🙂 Follow local Irish MW, enrol on proper wine courses, like WSET, and KEEP TASTING. Keep discovering new wines, take a risk – buy a wine you’ve never drunk before, buy a cheap one, and a very expensive one – compare! Make notes, and enjoy the journey! Or even start oenology studies. Just Google. Go explore.
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