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Hi, I'm Dermot Nolan, and I became a Master of Wine (MW) in 1997, and resigned from the Institute of Masters of Wine in 2023 after being an MW for exactly 26 years. I opened a wine shop in DĂșn Laoghaire, Ireland, called The Wine Library, which closed in 2018, and this is my personal wine blog. I will do my utmost to be fair and responsible in my posts – please read my Who Pays article in re the ethics of wine trips and writing. I have worked in wine education, retail, and consultancy since 1990. I was a Director of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) from 2008 to 2014 and was also a member of the Events Committee, founder of the Trips Committee, and member of the Governance Committee. Having had problems with potentially libellous 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.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Irish company in lightweight bottle development

If you go to Jamie Goode's blog you'll find an article about Tesco's new, light weight bottle, the lighest in the world. One of the companies involved is Quinn Glass, owned by Irishman Sean Quinn and based in Fermanagh.


firstpress said...

Last year I wrote a long column on Quinn Glass for Checkout. In it I decsribed how Quinn was well capable of making stronger and lighter bottles but that the trade was anti light. Things have changed. Tesco has spoken!
I was looking at a new plastic design recently that allows the bottle to be the label as well as the container. Why does everything to do with wine in Ireland have to be glass?

DermotMW said...

Traditionally, glass was the best possible package as it prevents oxygen ingress and was durable thereby protecting the wine during transport, ageing etc.
While tetra has been around for some years, the technology has only recently been capable of meeting the needs of the industry in terms of guaranteeing product quality.
Given environmental concerns I think we'll see a wider range of packages over the next few years.