2019 Award Winners WINE AWARD OF THE YEAR 2019

Whelehans Wines, Loughlinstown, Co Dublin


Craft beers and independent distilleries have been making all the headlines in recent years - and the best ones are very deserving of their success - but they won’t ever replace that special relationship that we have with wine, the way that it can enhance the dining experience, and its endless variety that can be a particular focus of interest in itself. Along with other aspects of the wine lover’s experience - including educational events - what this award is all about is a passion for the individuality of wines, and their makers.

The hospitality gene is happily prevalent in Ireland - and at its very best when it coincides with the oenology gene, as it most certainly does at the former Silver Tassie, off the N11. Here wine industry veteran David Whelehan (son of the legendary ’TP’) leads an impressive team, including sommelier Martina Delaney and chef Nick Clapham, at his temple to great wine and food. At its heart lies a superb, expertly staffed wine store, offering wines from many of Ireland’s best importers alongside Whelehan’s exclusive imports directly from small wineries they know and love, alongside a well-curated selection from Irish craft beer and cider producers. And then there is also the delicious smart modern food served in the bright wine bar at the back of the building, and drinks that include ‘blend W’ coffee roasted to bespoke specs in Wicklow. And, best of all perhaps, is the Wine School, operated by the unique ’W’ team of experts in their beautiful Tasting Room. A unique destination for wine lovers - and many who have yet to become wine lovers: well worth planning a trip.

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Whelehans Wines

Co. Dublin, East
Classes/Courses / Drinks / Farmers/Country Market / Online Shop / Restaurant / Wine Bar
Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner
At this temple to superb wine in the old Silver Tassie venue, wine industry veteran David Whelehan has assembled a seriously impressive team around him – including Martina Delaney, who garnered many admirers during her tenure as sommelier in l&rs ...

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