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Dublin, Ireland
Hi, I'm a Master of Wine (MW) having passed in 1997. I opened a wine shop in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland, called The Wine Library, which closed in 2018. I am back working in a consultative role with The Wicklow Wine Company but this is my personal wine blog. There should be no conflict of interest between my work with The Wicklow Wine Company and the opinions expressed herein but 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 member of the Council 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 Committees. 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, August 3, 2010

Good news

For those in need of some good news I can tell you that one of the current crop of Irish MW students, Barbara Boyle, has been awarded the AXA Millésimes Scholarship. This is awarded annually to up to three MW students at any stage of their studies (including Dissertation).  It  includes two to three days at AXA Millésimes’ Bordeaux properties with tours of the Chateaux estates,  work in the vineyards and cellars, tastings and blending with the individual winemakers; two days at either Mas Belles Eaux in Languedoc or Domaine de l’Arlot in Burgundy; a visit to either Quinta do Noval in the Douro or Disznóko in Tokaj. Selection is by essay, written in or translated into English, to a maximum of 1000 words. So well done Barbara!