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 Julie Dupouy, Director of Wines at Donnybrook, Dublin delicatessen and restaurant  Donnybrook Fair recently became the first sommelier representing Ireland to reach the semi-finals of the European Sommelier Championship, held, this year in Sanremo, Italy. 

Julie Dupouy

The Championship, in which experts from the various European countries take part in a series of blind tasting, wine and food pairings and theoretical knowledge, has been running since 1988 and is widely regarded as Europe’s definitive sommelier contest. Julie, who joined Donnybrook Fair this year, competed under the critical scrutiny of a Technical Commission made up of the world’s top three sommeliers plus a Master of Wine.  Her record-breaking performance lifted her to 8th place in the European rankings.

Joe Doyle, owner of Donnybrook Fair said “The intensity of this competition can not be overstated. We are very lucky to be working with someone of Julie’s calibre. Qualifying for the semi-finals of such a prestigious event was an outstanding achievement. Everyone at Donnybrook Fair is thrilled.”




I’m all for training sommeliers. If a little learning means an end to woejous wine waiters resting the bottle neck on my glass or pouring wine from the second bottle into a glass still containing some of the first, then great. The Restaurant Association Of Ireland (RAI) has asked me to let people know about the training course they’ve initiated in conjunction with the Irish Guild of Sommeliers. If these courses result in a better wine experience in a restaurant, I’m happy to oblige.

Following the hugely successful training programme launched in October 2010, The Irish Guild of Sommeliers (IGS) in partnership with the Restaurant Association Of Ireland (RAI) are  running another modular 8 week Sommeliers Certificate training programme in wine service and product knowledge to members of both organisations. This will conclude with an exam in January.

Venue: The Stephens Green Hibernian Club, 9 St Stephens Green Dublin 2
Time: 11am – 3.30pm.

Training Dates
Monday September 26th
Monday October 3rd & 17th
Monday November 7th & 21st
Monday December 5th
Monday January 9th
Monday January 23rd exam
Please note that this is a members club and follows a no jeans policy.

Training Costs
Member of both Restaurants Association of Ireland & Irish Guild of Sommeliers : €250
RAI member: €500
Irish Guild of Sommelier member: €300
Non- Member course only: €1000
Special Offer to non -members:  Join both the Restaurants Association of Ireland and the Irish
Guild of Sommeliers and be included on the training course for €945.

Closing date for receipt of application:
Tuesday 31st May 2011 .
Please send application form to Karen McBride, Restaurants Association of Ireland, 11 Bridge Court, City Gate, St Augustine St, Dublin 8
If you require further information please contact Karen McBride, ph: 01 6779901 or email info@rai.ie.