RIYC WINE SOCIETY

Relaxing in our Library, Members and their guests can enjoy a fun casual evening of tastings, while wine is demystified by highly qualified educators.

There is not only the education, but wines to taste and a beautiful charcuterie board, price is €25 per person. You will get to rate the wines and try and identify their characteristics. Come individually or with others and you will meet people who are  equally as enamoured, as the mystery and sensory aspect of wine is revealed.

Meetings are held once month and start at 1800 hrs. If you have any questions or would like more information you can email our Catering Office here

Another year of our Wine Society to look forward to. I hope to have as many interesting speakers as we had last year.
To start the year we can begin to think of our holidays with a taste of Spain and its wonderful sunlight.
Jean Smullen will whet our appetite with her talk and exploration of the “Spanish Revolution”

Remembering we had a full house on our last two meetings book early to enjoy this great event. 

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ABOUT THE TUTOR
Jean Smullen WSET Dip has worked in the wine industry in Ireland for 29 years; her speciality is generic marketing and some of organisations she has worked for include: Wines of Argentina, Wine Australia, Wines of Chile, ICEP (Food and Wine from Spain), the Italian Trade Agency (ITA), New Zealand Wine, SOPEXA (Food & Wine from France), Wines of South Africa, Wines of Uruguay and ViniPortugal.

A co-presenter since 2007 with Sean Moncrieff on Movies & Booze, Newstalk’s innovative wine slot, her journalism credentials also include Chef & Restaurant an international magazine published in the U.K.  for the Mitchelin starred restaurants in the UK and Ireland.  Her article “Ningxia where East Meets West” about Chinese wine was the magazines “most read” wine article in 2019.

Jean also judges at International wine competitions. Jean has been a member of the judging panel at Concours Mondial du Bruxelles since 2006.  Jean is also on the panel for Mundus Vini since 2010 and with the Berlin International Wine Competition since 2016.  In the last decade, Jean has judged wine competitions in China, Moldova, Portugal and South Africa.

From 1991-1999 Jean was responsible for the development of a countrywide wine education programme for the Wine Development Board of Ireland.

International Wine & Spirit Competition  Wine Communicator of the Year 2013  
In 2013 Jean Smullen was one of six finalists in the IWSC’s prestigious ‘Communicator of the Year’, a title which recognises an exceptional contribution to increasing awareness of wine and spirits. She was awarded the runner up prize at a reception in Palazzo Verita Poeta in Verona on April 6th, 2013.   Previous winners include Jancis Robinson MW, Susy Atkins MW, Oz Clarke MW and Tim Atkin MW.