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Hi, I'm a Master of Wine (MW) having passed in 1997. I have worked in wine education, mostly, but also retail and consultancy. I am currently a member of the Council of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) and am also a member of the Events, Trips and Governance Committees. Having had problems with potentially libelous comments from unidentifiable posters, I now require that if you post a comment, you must identify yourself properly or it won't be published. Please note that I do not review products or services on request so kindly don't ask. I value my independence and I believe my readers (few that they may be) do so also.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Exercised about Excise...

The June 2015 issue of Shelflife has an article which claims that "Irish wine consumers pay 624% more excise than their fellow Europeans". Now claims like this are always sensational, especially when used to back up a case - assuming, of course, that the figure is correct. Which it is, isn't it?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Let's keep Good Friday good!

To start, let me remind all my readers that this is my personal blog and represents my opinions only. I heard a part of an interview on Good Friday last between Mr Adrian Cummins of the Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI) and one of the lunchtime news presenters on RTÉ Radio 1. Mt Cummins was presenting a case for the removal of the ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday; when the presenter pointed out “You’ll make the money yesterday and tomorrow, won’t you?” 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Fit for purpose...

Are Harpers wine blogs fit for purpose?
No. Not a bit, judging by a recent example, namely one entitled “Is the Institute of Masters of Wine fit for purpose?” by Mr Stephen Forward. The main reason for my negative response is that he states the Institute (IMW) is an elitist club, accessible only by invitation and is not fit for purpose. He further states that IMW is not relevant to the modern wine industry.