Argentine Wine Fair

To co-incide with the 4th edition of  Malbec World Day on April 17th, 2014, the Embassy of the Argentine Republic  in Dublin, in association with Wines of Argentina will be holding their 2nd  Argentine Wine Fair.

This year, 22 wineries will take part in the  Dublin show and there will be over 200 Argentine wines available to taste.   As well as wines made from the Malbec grape, there will also be many other Argentine wine styles available to taste on the day.

The 2014 Argentine Trade Tasting will take place  on Tuesday 15th April, 2014 in the Charlemont Suite at the  Hilton (Dublin) Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2.

Trade & Press will be invited to taste a range of Argentine wines, most of which are currently available on the Irish market . The trade and press tasting on April 15th will run from 12.00 noon  – 6.00 p.m and is by invitation only.


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Nose of a Trillion Smells


The human nose is millions of times more sensitive than previously thought, suggests new research, but wine tasters may struggle to find the vocabulary to take advantage.

Experiments by researchers the Rockefeller University in the US found that humans are capable of detecting at least one trillion smells.

To obtain that number, a group of volunteers were asked to distinguish between different solutions containing different combinations of 128 odour molecules.

The findings mark a significant jump from the generally accepted figure of 10,000 odour mixtures, which has long been considered too low.

The study adds complexity to notions of sensory perception and could have implications for wine tasters' ability to understand subtle changes in the glass.

But, some wine experts argue narrow vocabulary still is a potential barrier to applying the new research.

'One can train one's sense of smell and possibly improve it, but the challenge is putting it into words,' said Richard Bampfield MW, who runs regular wine education classes. 'The issue as a wine taster is can you describe what you're smelling?'

He added that those learning about wine shouldn't become obsessed with counting the number of aromas they can detect. 'Don't be alarmed if you can't smell a trillion smells.'

The Rockefeller research is published in the March issue of Science journal and reported in 'Decanter' magazine.



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NZ Wine Fair in January

The New Zealand Winter Wine Fair in Dublin next month will feature wines from the 2013 vintage, considered to be of very high quality.

A Pinot Gris tasting table will also feature at the event which takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane Dublin on Thursday 23rd. January. Tickets are available from

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