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Hi, I'm a Master of Wine (MW) having passed in 1997. I opened a wine shop in DĂșn Laoghaire, Ireland, called The Wine Library and this is my personal wine blog. There should be no conflict of interest between my work with The Wine Library 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. From June 2013 until May 2017 I was the Retail Manager for The Wicklow Wine Company. 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, Trips, and 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.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cost of wine follow-ups

I saw a recent post in Harpers Online about the BBC Watchdog programme in which the redoubtable Oz Clarke attacked the so-called bargain prices available in many supermarkets. So I decided to look back at some of my posts on this topic, including one from January 3rd, 2011, where I highlighted certain "bargains" available in Tesco. It's worth noting that Elizabeth seems to be on half-price even now, nearly 2 years later!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The downslide...

Yesterday's Budgetary increase in duty on wine made me pause for thought. This is a summary what I thought: over the past year the wine retail sector has seen a reduction in gross profit of 28% and yesterday's duty increase could make that 42% in 2 years. How? Read on...

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sad news...

Sad news today that Nick Baile MW died yesterday. Nick founded Oddbins a long time ago and was one of the old guard of the IMW, having passed in 1961. I met Nick a few times and always found him a good person to be sitting beside at dinner.
This brings our number back down to 312. By the way, the number of "Irish" MWs grows - this year we have two from Northern Ireland, Barry Dick MW and Ann McHale MW.
So far the "Irish" are:
Robin Kinahan (N.I.), Alan Crowley (R.O.I.), Martin Moran (U.K.), Dermot Nolan (R.O.I.), Jane Boyce (N.I.), Carmel Kilcline (R.O.I.), Fergal Tynan (R.O.I.), Mary Gorman-McAdams (R.O.I.), Barry Dick (N.I.) and Ann McHale (N.I.): 10 in total with 6 men and 4 women.