I must confess that Gerard and I have never managed to visit Ireland before and so it was with great pleasure that we accepted an invitation from our dear friend, Mary O’Callaghan, President of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers, to visit Dublin and be involved in the judging of the Best Sommelier in Ireland Competition- from beginning to end we had a super stay and we were bowled over by the warmth of hospitality, the friendliness of everyone we met, be they hoteliers, shop keepers, bar tenders or fellow pedestrians in the busy streets- everyone was so warm, charming and welcoming…. In fact I have decided that I could easily live in Ireland, (I’ve only been to Dublin thus far, but we are keen to now visit the West Coast too) and so I am working on convincing Gerard that when we win the lottery (or the Irish Lotto!) we should invest in a Dublin flat and we can become honorary Dubliners…… Gerard loved the Guiness and I could learn to enjoy it I’m sure but I probably need a drop of blackcurrant in it to make it just a little sweeter for me to adopt it as my favourite tipple.
Thus many thanks Mary and all of your colleagues for ensuring that we had a hugely enjoyable trip- the competition was excellent too and the best candidate won and will be a great ambassador for Ireland when she travels as a candidate to Tokyo to compete in the World Championship.
I must congratulate Laura Rhys our head sommelier too… not only did Laura complete the recent Bordeaux Marathon…. That’s the one where you get a little drop of wine at every kilometer completed I think… I’ll have to check that with Laura, but what a lovely way to run a marathon with a drink with almost every step and Laura also recently won an Award for Excellence, from the Academy of Food and Wine Service, so we are very pleased for her and very proud of all her recent achievements…. Well done!
For those of you who read my blog each week, (many thanks to you all), just an update on Sophie and her snails… Aylesbury Escargots is going from strength to strength and George the “king” of snails is very busy… Fortnums are stocking her products, she has been interviewed by a number of the National newspapers and TV and radio beckons… life on the snail farm is very hectic and busy and we are all thrilled that all is going so well.
I will have some exciting news very soon regarding developments at TerraVina- I know I’m teasing, but not quite able to divulge the news just yet so watch this space.
Till next week