SPIT Festival flyers and posters

SPIT Festival, 13th October 2016, Smock Alley Theatre

“Don’t miss this wine festival….If you want to sample a vast array of high-quality, out-of-the-ordinary wines, you should be there.”

Mary Dowey, Gloss Magazine  September 2016.


SPIT Festival flyers and posters

Buy Your Ticket for SPIT Festival instore


SPIT (Specialist Professional Independent Tasting) Festival is now in its third year and is a collaboration between five of Ireland’s most vibrant and exciting wine importers: VinosTito, Wine Mason, Nomad Wines, Grape Circus and Le Caveau.  Their aim is to showcase the diversity of interesting, authentic artisan wines available on the market here. Despite its small size, the Irish wine sector is one of the most exciting in the world and the quality and interest of wines imported here is second to none. This is driven by an ever-evolving restaurant and food culture and by adventurous, well-travelled consumers and the wines imported by the SPIT collaborators feature heavily on the best restaurant and wine-bar lists in the country.

Other collaborators at the festival are The Irish Times wine columnist John Wilson, one of the top sommeliers in the world, Julie Dupuoy and blogger Paddy Murphy of The Vine Inspiration, as well as our own good selves at Green Man Wines providing tapas for hungry revellers on the evening.


SPIT Festival 

13th October 2016


Banqueting Hall,

Smock Alley Theatre 

6-7 Lower Exchange Street, Dublin 8 


Tickets €30 (includes your own tasting glass and booklet) 

Available in-store from Green Man Wines


Smock Alley Theatre Ticket Sales

Places limited to 200

Hope to see you there!

Gorgonzola, smoked salmon and crackers

Picture by Itziar Telletxea Rocha. Gorgonzola, smoked salmon and crackers tapa board at SPIT 2015

Guide to choosing an interesting wine for Mother’s Day

Why not choose something different for your mum to enjoy this Mother’s Day?


Here are a few of our top suggestions for gorgeous alternatives to the ‘usual suspects’ of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or Prosecco.


1. Austrian Grüner Veltliner 

One of our favourites is from the redoubtable Birgit Eichinger. She has made a name for herself as one of the very top winemakers in Austria in a relatively short space of time and makes wines with lovely texture, mouthfeel and balance. Tasting through her wines recently at the Austrian Wine Fair in Dublin, we were impressed by the precision balance and energy of her entire range.

picture of Birgit Eichinger and family

Birgit Eichinger and her family

Try…. Birgit Eichinger, Grüner Veltliner ‘Klassik Wechselberg’ Kamptal DAC 2015 (Austria). 

“Deep green gold. Mid weight with lovely mouthfeel and texture. Great energy, purity and finish.” COBG, 10th February 2016


2. Vouvray from the Loire Valley 

Catherine works alongside her husband Pierre Breton and together they make a formidable team. Their estate is certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Demeter and they practice very low intervention in the cellars, typically adding no more than 10mg/l of sulphur at bottling only. (EU Law permits up to 210 mg/l of SO2). The ‘Dilettante‘ range is Catherine’s own project.

Pierre et Catherine Breton picture

Pierre et Catherine Breton courtesy of www.domainebreton.net

Try… Catherine Breton ‘La Dilettante’ Vouvray Sec AC 2014 €22.95

“Catherine and Pierre Breton, leading producers in Bourgueil, also produce this fascinating dry(ish) Chenin Blanc, made by biodynamic methods. It has wonderful rich, luscious pineapple and peach fruits, seemingly low acidity, yet retains plenty of life. At a mere 12% alcohol, it is light, yet juicy. Try it with scallops or prawns.” John Wilson: IRISH TIMES Bottle of the Week & Best 100 wines of the Year (of 2009 vintage)

Metropolitan Opera Competition: Win opera tickets and wine

Classical Arts Ireland‘s new season of live opera in cinemas from the Metropolitan Opera in New York continues on 31 October at 4pm (please note earlier start time than was advertised in some venues) with Wagner’s early masterpiece Tannhäuser. To celebrate, Classical Arts Ireland have a pair of tickets to give away to this screening at a venue of your choice (24 to choose from!) plus a wonderful gift box of 2 bottles of critically acclaimed German wine specially selected by ourselves.

Here is the link to enter. Be quick, competition closes at noon today!




Wines for Metropolitan Opera Competition

1 bottle of Wagner Stempel Spätburgunder 2013, Rheinhessen 13%
(Irish Times Bottles of the Week, 10 October 2015)
 1 bottle of
Max Ferd Richter Mülheimer Sonnenlay ‘Zeppelin’ Riesling , Mosel 2014




“Choose a job you love. You’ll never work a day in your life” by Pádraic Gilligan

We were thrilled to read and be mentioned in this blog post by Pádraic Gilligan aka Padraicino about the merits of doing a job you love. Pádraic outlines how his choices throughout his education and career all reinforced each other until he created a job, his company SoolNua, that married many of his interests and talents.

His story and that of the enterprises (like Mr. Jeffares Blackcurrant Carroll and Luttrellstown Castle) that he mentions, made me reflect on the changing nature of both work and education. The speed with which technology, not to mention the market, is moving, has meant that it is more important than ever for anyone starting out (or indeed changing career direction) to play to their unique strengths, follow their interests and allow space for flexibility in their careers. There are jobs which exist now that may not exist in the next ten years, but by the same token, there will be opportunities that we probably can’t even envision at the moment… So students, follow your heart if it is pulling you in a particular direction and give yourself room to weave your unique tapestry 🙂




Here’s a brain-teaser: How can you have a glass of wine from a bottle, without pulling the cork?

Answer: The Corvin Wine Access System, recently launched in Ireland. Its USP is that it enables a bottle of wine to be enjoyed a sample or a glass at a time, over the course of weeks, months and even years, accessing the wine via a medical grade, ultra-fine needle. When the needle is withdrawn from the cork and a puff of inert (argon) gas blankets the remaining wine, the cork will naturally close back around the tiny puncture. The applications for this are manifold: from wine students who want and need to taste fine and rare wines to further their knowledge and experience; to wine collectors who wish to assess how their wines are evolving in bottle; to restaurants and wine bars like ourselves who are excited by the prospect of offering their customers a chance to taste fine and rare wines by the glass without having to worry that only one glass will be sold and the rest will spoil. Pretty revolutionary we think!


The first wine broached (accessed and tasted 7th July 2015) was:

Massolino Barolo DOCG ‘Parafada’ 2007


14.5% abv

Massolino Barolo Parafada

Pale garnet with a broad, pale, almost watery looking orange rim.

The nose is sumptuous: velvety, complex and evolving with each swirl of the glass. There is at first a sweet, rose-like floral note, which changes to warm gravel, then black cherries and raspberry ruffles, then through warm spice and fruit to gravel again.

On the palate, it is medium-bodied with liqueur-like cherry fruit and gravel. Everything is in almost perfect harmony and drinking beautifully at the moment. The mouthfeel is very silky, with balanced acidity, but with a firmly tannic edge just, to remind you that this is Nebbiolo. The alcohol is high, but in perfect tune with the other elements of the palate and there is no sense of clumsiness or hotness that can come fro Medium plus length on the finish. A real pleasure to taste now, it should hold for another 7-10 years.

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