NB: Some changes to our published programme. Due to unforeseen circumstances the following changes have been made: 8th May will now be our Treasurer, Paul Kavanagh, June will be our President Robin Kinahan MW. Joe Magowan will now be our September speaker, and November will be two of our VP's & Mine Bennett returning. Our 2018 Programme Calendar includes 2 Master's of Wine, a special Champagne event to start the year, a Whiskey Ambassador and visits from local wine stockists!
The Institute kicked-off it's 2017 Programme with a return visit from Andrew Imrie DipWSET of KWM Wines of Kilkeel. Andrew talked us through his own journey into wine and the slow and gradual development of the online side of his business, which now exports wines all across the world and represents an ever growing proportion of his total sales. This was of course accompanied by a varied selection of wines, hand-picked from his available stock, beginning with the Akarau Brut,
On Tuesday we welcomed Anne McHale MW back to the institute following on her star turn last year. Having left Berry Brothers & Rudd, Anne had taken the opportunity ti spend the harvest working in the Keermont Vineyard in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She availed us of tales of long days of back breaking and exhausting work carrying out some of the basic processes in all wineries, before moving on to speak about the various techniques and methods used by winemakers the across th