Nikka at the Merrion Fireside Chat

Sayumi Oyama the European Brand Ambassador for Nikka Whiskies did a tutored tasting with whisky enthusiasts at the Merrio hotel recently. It was part of the Merrion's Fire side chats series. The whiskies tasted included: Nikka Coffey Grain, Nikka Coffey Malt, Nikka Miyyagikyo, Nikka Yoichi, Nikka From the Barrel, Nikka Taketsuru 17 Years and Nikka Taketsuru 21 Years. In all 5 gold medal winners!

A great night had by all. Many thanks to Merrion for arrnaging th etasting and the excellant canapes which were expertly matched to the award winning Nikka Whiskies.

Zucardi Tito - B e s t  r e d  b l e n d  i n th e w o r l d under $15

We delighted that Decanter gave Tito 2013 a Platinium Award - and the best red blend below $15. Unfortunately Decanter don't calculate the the effect of IRish Duty and VAT rates in their prices!

We have liimited stock in of Tito 2013, Zucardi Zeta and Emma Bonarda, whcih was recently tasted in Dublin with Tim Atkins. 

Wynns Black Label achieves 95 points with Decanter

Wynns 2012 black Label Cabernet Sauvignon got 95 points by Decanter in a recent tasting of Coonawarra reds. The articel features Sue Hodder, the wine maker. We hope to Sue visit us in november, and please call Philip or Paul if you would like to meet her.

Mourchon Rose receives 90 points with Decanter

Domaine de Mourchon Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Rose, has just received 90 points from Decanter. Heres to Hugo (as seening enjoying the lovely rose) and the Team, and to getting some shortly!

Look out for Fontbonne Tastings at Supervalu this week end.

We have a number of tastings for Chateau Fontbonne
this weekend, as part of the Supervalu French food
festival. Paul will be in Supervalu Lucan from 2pm

on Saturaday 3rd Septmeber. Philip will be in Supervalu Blackrock on the 2nd and 3rd September, and in Greystones on the 3rd September. Why not drop in and taste a wee dram of the Chateau............. 

Zucardi Picks up two Awards

Zucardi have won two prestigious awards. Santa Julia Reserva has just won silver at the recent IWSC awards. And "Tito" won the Decanter Best Red Blend in the World over £15.

and we have some coming soon..........

Tasting Zucardi Wines at Baggot Street Wines

Join Paul at Baggot Street Wines on Friday 28th May in tasting the
the Santa Julia and award wining Zucardi Wines. The tasting will be from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at Baggot Street Wines in Baggot Street Dublin.

Whiskey tasting in Mitchels CHQ

Mitchels and Sons and Maccormaic vintners have joined forces to show the great whiskies from Asia.

Paul Maguire will lead the tasting of Japanese and Taiwanese whiskies. It will feature 5 whiskies from Nikka and Kavalan distilleries.

The event will take place on Thursday 26th May, at 7:00pm in CHQ, Dublin.

for more information please contact :
Amy on 01 612 5540. 

New Zuccardi winery

 Familia Zuccardi has opened a new winery the Valle de Uco a sub-region of Mendoza.

The Zuccardi Valle de Uco winery, located in the Paraje Altamira in the Uco Valley, opened in march was the culmination of seven years of research and three years of building work.
The winery has a capacity of 970,000 litres, and will produce a range of wines from the Zuccardi estate.

The concept of the grand winery is to produce wines from the local terroir, where focus is put on the region and essence of the wine in different zones throughout the Uco Valley, such as the composition of the soil and different agronomic subleties,’ said Sebastian Zuccardi, the award winning wine maker.

The winery was built using materials sourced from the estate and the nearby Tunuyan River, with the walls designed to reflect the curvature of the mountains.

Check out Sebastian Zuccardi hightlighting the specialness of the Uco Valley and the new winery.

GOLD AND SILVER Medals For Zonin estates at Berliner Wein Trophy

ZONIN1821 obtained a lot of Gold medals at the international wine competition "Berliner Wein Trophy 2016" under the patronage of the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine) and recognition of the Berlin Senate and the European Union. The wine tastings were held in Berlin in February and these are the awards won by our wines:

Berliner Gold

Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione 2012 - Castello di Albola
Aquilis Friuli Aquileia DOC 2014 Tenuta - Ca' Bolani
Oltrenero Metodo Classico Brut Nature
Sasseo Salento IGT 2014 - Masseria Altemura
Oltrenero Metodo Classico Cruasé Oltrepò Pavese DOCG
Rocca di Montemassi Maremma Toscana DOC 2013 - Rocca di Montemassi
Deliella Sicilia DOC 2013 - Feudo Principi di Butera
Prosecco DOC Spumante Brut - Zonin
Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2012 - Zonin
Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC 2014 - Zonin

Berliner Silver

Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 2012 - Castello di Albola
Oltrenero Spumante Metodo Classico Oltrepò Pavese DOCG
Moscato d'Asti DOCG - Castello del Poggio

Distillery Manager of the Year
Koichi Nishikawa - Yoichi Distillery

Koichi Nishikawa was awarded Distillery Manager of the year at World Whisky Awards 2016.

Icons of Whisky, which recognize and celebrate the finest companies and individuals in the whisky industry, has awarded Yoichi Distillery Manager Koichi Nishikawa as Distillery Manager of the Year.

Koichi Nishikawa - “On behalf of the Yoichi Distillery, we are flattered to be awarded this honorable award. To this day we have succeeded our founder Masataka Taketsuru’s passion to deliver genuine whisky to more people. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the achievements of our predecessors and promise to continuously make whiskies that would be appreciated by consumers of the world."

​Koichi Nishikawa joined Nikka Whisky Distilling Company in 1982 after completing his degree in Agriculture at Kyoto University. He held production and quality-control posts at several sites in and outside of Japan, including Nikka owned Yoichi, Miyagikyo and Ben Nevis distilleries. In January 2015, he was appointed as Distillery Manager of Yoichi Distillery.

Sebastian Zucardi name Argentina Wine Maker of the Year 

Tim Atkins, who was recently in Dublin at the   
Argentinean Wine Fair, has chosen Sebastian Zuccardi as the wine maker of the year. In addition, Zuccardi Finca Canal Uco 2013 was given the top rating for an   
Argentinean wine with 98 points. In all Zuccardi had 14 wine with over 90 points, including Series A and Q Malbec given 90 and 92 points repectively