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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.

Monday, November 7, 2011

New Diploma Graduates

Dermot Nolan Wine Services is pleased to announce that there are eight graduates this year from the WSET Level 4 Diploma Course. These are:

Dorothy Dillon, Paul Kiernan, Noel MacMahon (Febvre & Co.), Stephen McFarland, Beverley Mathews (Wine UnCorked), Paul O'Flynn (Treasury Wine Estates), William Tindal (Tindal Wines) and James Tobin (O'Brien's Wines).

There are two prizes awarded – the Wine Australia Scholarship which is awarded to the graduate with the best overall performance in the Diploma, and the George O’Malley Tasting Cup, gifted by Maggie McNie MW, awarded to the student who gets the highest marks in the Tasting Examination.

This year, the winners are:

Wine Australia Scholarship - Paul Kiernan;
George O'Malley Cup - Michael Sweeney (Inis Wines).

Well done all!