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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.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Branching out

Well, as the recession has hit I no longer have any wine education work and cannot seem to even get an interview for any wine-related work, either in Ireland or the UK, so I thought - why not try to do what I do best (education)n and combine with with what I like to do (travel)?
The upshot is an idea about wine trips and I am currently looking into organising a late Autumn visit to Burgundy. Based on 5 nights, with flights (from Dublin) and hotels and travel all included, plus one good meal, and visiting maybe 12 - 15 domaines in the time available, it could come to about €1,000 per person. A lot, I know, but you'll get great chances to try wines you might rarely get to see, as well as have some fun.
This is still planning but if you're interested, please let me know - learn@dermotnolan.ie

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