Julie Dupouy of Laurent Caubet Wine Importers took home the Best Sommelier in Ireland 2012 award at the recently-held Irish Guild of Sommeliers-run event. Dupouy will go on to represent Ireland at the World Sommelier Competitions in Japan in 2013. The jury which decided the competition consisted of of journalists and gastronomic critics, the President of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers Mary O’ Callaghan, Declan Byrne, President Bartenders Association of Ireland and the current holder of the World’s Best Sommelier and ASI International judge Gérard Basset. Gérard is the only person in the world to hold the following qualifications simultaneously, Master Sommelier, Master of Wine and the Bourdeaux Wine MBA. He cofounded the original Hotel du Vin Group in the UK in 1994 and ran the Ecole du Vin Wine School at Hotel du Vin Birmingham, England.
The Irish Guild of Sommeliers is now in its 54th year, and was delighted with the support of various sponsors in the running of this benchmark competition for the industry, with past winners including John Rigby, Mary O’ Callaghan, Andrejz Dasiak, amongst others, not to mention Didier Fiat, bronze medallist at the competitions in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The competition has a high profile in the hospitality industry and competitions like this one raise the profile of the Guild amongst wine professionals and drinks suppliers.