July Newsletter

Well ladies, it’s July!

Following on from a trip to Catalonia with Boutique Wines (see our Instagram) to visit Perelada and Casa Gran del Siurana. It was a pleasure to meet Anna Gallisà, winemaker and oenologist at Casa Gran del Siurana who is an inspiration and force to be reckoned with (We ❤️ female winemakers). You can follow Anna here.

We also were invited to a special tasting for Wine Spirit Women by Wines Direct. Sending a big thank you again to them for inviting us to their HQ to taste some of their new wines. Our committee member Trish Nunan wrote some words on the tasting, which you can read here.

Wines Direct are a family-run business who are pushing its sustainability efforts higher and higher each year. They’ve reduced electricity usage in the warehouse, are plastic free in their delivery and have their own wildflower garden on-site. The team kindly gave us our own wildflower seeds to take home, and I hope that when they come to bloom, our bunches will look as impressive as Wines Direct!

Monthly Q&A with…

This month we chatted to Maggie Wine Adventure, co-founder of Polish Wine Fest, team member at Searsons Wine and all-around wine queen. You can read Maggie’s full Q&Ahere and follow her on her vino adventures.

As always we’ve rounded up some exciting job opportunities below.

Beer Specialist at Diageo


Bar Tender The Montenotte Hotel Cork


Sales assistant Searsons Wine 


Trade Sales at O’Briens 


Bar Manager at The Cellar, Merrion Hotel


Restaurant Manager – Greenes, Hotel Isaacs


Sales Assistant – Martins Off-Licence, Dublin 3

Email info@martinsofflicence.ie ‘Job Vacancy’ in the title

Upcoming Events to whet your whistle

The Grape Discovery – on 23rd July Brindle Coffee & Wine and Mackenway Wines will run a wine tasting on Saturday 23rd July, 2 – 4pm. On the day guests will discover new and unusual grape varieties accompanied by nibbles. Contact Brindle for tickets on 01-5321622, hello@brindlecoffeewine.com or send them a DM on Instagram.

The Great Australian Wine Tasting by Wines Direct. During this tasting, Wines Direct will take you on a journey through 8 Australian Wines, from coast to coast and region to region. As we mentioned above we visited their HQ earlier in the month, and we highly recommend you stock up while you’re there; the selection on offer is fabulous. Buy your tickets here

Ireland’s Best Sommelier competition takes place on Monday 5th September. Registration is now open until August 26th. Contact Irish Guild of Sommeliers to register and for more information. 

On 7th July Searsons Wine Merchants will run a ‘New World V Old’ Vino Cru Blind Tasting. You’ll be sampling classic European styles and comparing them to their new world cousins in the Southern Hemisphere and the USA. Tickets available here.

La Cave Saturday Afternoon Tastings are back. Each week will focus on a different topic to expand your wine knowledge and keep your palate refreshed. The next available tasting is Matching Cheeses & Wines of France on 6th August at 3.00pm. Tickets here.

Enjoy a weekend of songs and sips at the Hilden Brewery Beer & Music Festival in Lisburn. From 26th –  28th August the festival will play host to over 30 musical acts from rock and folk to blues and traditional Irish. When you get thirsty choose from over 40 beers and ciders from Ireland the UK, along with artisan food vendors to keep the hunger at bay. Information and tickets here.