Chairman

How long have you been a member of the institute?
Since 2010 


How did you first become involved in the institute?
I was invited along to the Annual Gourmet Dinner as a guest by a close friend and then a tasting, by which time I knew I had to join. 


What wine region would you most like to visit?
I’ve only been to two so far so this is a long list. Bordeaux, Loire, Rioja, Rhone, Champagne of course, before starting on some those outside Europe. 


Name your top 3 recommended wines
Cloudy Bay Sauvingnon Blanc; Chateau Musar (Lebanon) because of the interesting story behind it (they had to call a cease-fire in order to harvest the grapes); Creu Celta. 


What wine would you most like to taste?
Something silly expensive like a Lafite-Rothschild, or a Latour or a Petrus just to put my mind at rest that it’s not as good value as some of the stuff I can actually afford. 


Why would you recommend the institute to new people?
It’s a great starting point if you have any interest in wines. Until I attended my first tasting I’d never really compared two wines together. Who really opens two different bottles of wine at home at the same time? It gives you the opportunity to try nearly a dozen new wines each tasting. You can leave it at that but there’s also the opportunity to learn more about wine, achieve qualifications and join some interesting wine tours to different parts of the world.

Secretary

How long have you been a member of the institute?
I have been a member of the Institute since September 2009, having decided to join at the Institute’s 30th anniversary dinner at La Mon 


How did you first become involved in the institute?
Other family members had joined. I had thought that the Institute was for people who were already experts, but was persuaded that NIWSI is for anyone who enjoys wine, or who wants to learn about it. I fall into both categories! 


What wine region would you most like to visit?
Possibly Australia. Lovely fruity whites and big reds… 


Name your top 3 recommended wines
Cristal - tasted at a NIWSI night in 2011 and fell in love with it
Creu Celta – by McAlinden y Hijos, a favourite in my family
Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon-- it’s a belter of a wine 


What wine would you most like to taste?
I would love just a sip of Chateau Margaux 1983. Coincidentally, my lovely father-in-law has a bottle! 


Why would you recommend the institute to new people?
Wine appreciation is cross-generational, cross-cultural and can be at any level. You don’t need to be an expert. Research has shown that children learn experientially i.e. they learn through experience; but it is the same with wine. I have learned so much already through attending Institute tastings, listening to the speakers and mixing with a variety of people from all walks of life who share the same passion for wine.

Institute tastings are educational and very individual. Some speakers are quite formal in their approach; others are much more relaxed in style; we hear from Masters of Wine, producers and retailers. Speakers usually present 9-12 wines but all are experts in their field and often give a lot of detail about the area, the effects of climatic changes on vintages and harvesting and so many other details that you just cannot read in a book.

Institute evenings are also social occasions and we have several nights in the year devoted to wine with food, the pinnacle of which is the Gourmet Dinner in March. NIWSI has been a great experience so far and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a bit more about wine, for work or for pleasure.

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Vice-Chairman

Joe McGlade

How long have you been a member of the institute?
Since 2002


How did you first become involved in the institute?
I attended an wine appreciation evening class at Queens and found out about the institute there.


What wine region would you most like to visit?
Jerez in Spain. The home of Sherry


Name your top 3 recommended wines
Tattinger; a nice Chablis; a big Aussie Shiraz from the Barrossa Valley


What wine would you most like to taste?
Louis Roderer Cristal


Why would you recommend the institute to new people?

It's a great way to meet new people with a common interest in wine. Of course there's the opportunity to taste so many new and varied wines and then the social occasions are great too.

Treasurer

How long have you been a member of the institute?
Since 2000 


How did you first become involved in the institute?
Through some of Myra Greer's tasting 


What wine region would you most like to visit?
Margaret River, because I like several of the wines produced there

 
Name your top 3 recommended wines
Cote Rotie; Mount Ventoux; Lirac 


What wine would you most like to taste?
1982 Palmer 


Why would you recommend the institute to new people?
Educational & Great Craic

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