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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.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Diploma course for Ireland

WSET have just announced the details of a new Diploma course, to be run in Ireland, on a classroom-based block release structure. There are two Semesters in this course and. to date, only the first Semester has been planned. There are three blocks for this Semester: Monday October 29th to Friday November 2nd (the first day is a Bank Holiday); Wednesday 16th January 2013 to Friday 18th January; and Tuesday 19th February 2013 to Friday 22nd February. Exam dates have also been set for exams based in Dublin. No venue has been announced as yet. Course fees have been announced: GBP1,655 for the Semester. Booking is done online via the WSET website.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Funny what people read...

Blogger has some very handy features, one of which is a note on my dashboard telling me how many page views there have been for my posts. I'm not sure that this translates into actual readings of the posts, but it's the only statistic there is. Funnily enough, where Blogger falls down is by not letting me view my posts ordered by views! So, I flicked through and discovered some interesting stats on what you, the readers, have read!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

End of an era?

Monday 14th May 2012 saw the last WSET Diploma lecture to be held in Ireland for the foreseeable future. As I am not renewing my APP status WSET will take over the running of Diploma in Ireland. Their plan for this year is to start an online course only. This marks the end of some 27 years of Diploma classes in Ireland, which has seen 285 graduates (165 men and 120 women) and 2 MWs - myself and Fergal Tynan. Some of you might care to raise a glass to wake the passing of this fairly venerable tradition.