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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, April 12, 2011

Wine tax follow up

As a quick follow up to pieces relating to wine prices and taxation here's an interesting article from the Sydney Morning Herald which notes a recommendation to increase taxes on cheaper wines but reduce them on high price wines. Note also the recommendations made in New Zealand! I still reckon this day will come so start planning!

Monday, April 11, 2011

We oldies could learn a thing or two...

A very short post - read this article from Tyler Coleman's blog and this article, spotted on Konstantinos Lazarakis MW's facebook page. Those of us who don't get social media should look, listen and learn!