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Hi, I'm a Master of Wine (MW) having passed in 1997. I am about to open a wine shop in DĂșn Laoghaire, Ireland, called The Wine Library and this is my wine blog. There should be no conflict of interest between my work with The Wine Library and the opinions expressed herein but I will do my utmost to be fair and responsible in my posts – please read my Who Pays article. I have worked in wine education, retail, and consultancy. From June 2013 until May 2017 I was the Retail Manager for The Wicklow Wine Company. I was a member of the Council of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) from 2008 to 2014 and was also a member of the Events, Trips and Governance Committees Having had problems with potentially libellous comments from unidentifiable posters, I now require that if you post a comment, you must identify yourself properly or it won't be published. Please note that I do not review products or services on request so kindly don't ask. I value my independence and I believe my readers (few that they may be) do so also.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sad news

The Drinks Business has a small piece about the death of Peter Lehmann who was one of the biggest characters in the Australian wine industry over the last 40 years. He single-handedly saved a lot of small growers from financial ruin in the early 1980s and was a champion of Barossa semillon - his top wine, Margaret, is a gorgeous wine.
Also, Wine Australia have decided to close their Irish operation, run so well by John McDonnell. When John returned to Ireland in the early 1990s we were the 5th biggest market for Australian wine and Australian wine had a far higher percentage of the market here than in the UK. Now we are far less important and so John's services are no longer required. Shame.

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