We set up our shop in Dalkey in 1999 with a view to having a wine shop that stocked quality wines in a friendly, casual and open atmosphere. Over the years, we have focused more on importing our own wines and we pride ourselves on selling wines that we can stand over and that over-deliver in terms of price/quality.
Our range is constantly evolving and we like to think of our shop as a showcase for the best wine the world has to offer. Our philosophy is “Nobody leaves with a bad bottle”.
In April 2016, we moved to a bigger premises at 26 Castle St., Dalkey where we have:
Wine shop – selling all the favourites and crammed with expertise with our 4 WSET Diploma holders.
Wine Bar – great wines by the glass in Riedel glassware and comfortable surroundings with cheese boards, sharing platters and snacks, lunch and coffee during the day.
Art Gallery – well chosen selection of local and well-known artists.
With 4 WSET Diploma holders on the staff, are we the best qualified sine shop in the country? We must be up there…..
We try to wear our wine nerdishness with ease, aiming to inform but not bore, guide but not dictate, be passionate about what we do while at the same time keeping in mind that at the end of the day, it is just a bottle of wine and we should all just get on and drink the stuff.
Carol is our main shop manager and has been delighting the citizens of Dalkey for many years now, her charm, good humour and knowledge combining to give fantastic service to all our customers. She joined us in 2005 when we rescued her from Oddbins. She is a brilliant taster, has huge in-depth knowledge and is an avid traveller to all wine regions near and far, where winemakers live in fear of being grabbed for photographs. If you need advice, she will give it to you (on wine matters only please) but most customers do the sensible thing and just let Carol choose for them. They are never disappointed.
John is our evening manager covering wine shop and wine bar on the evening shift. As well as knowing pretty much everyone in Ireland, John has a great knowledge of wine, having run his own wine shop for years and then as sommelier in the Beaufield Mews, Stillorgan. He is a natural host, loves the banter with the customers but, under that affable surface, he takes his wines seriously and knows what he likes.
In between running her own hamper business and rearing 3 kids, Pam also works full time in the shop with Carol. Barista, chef, wine expert, her talents are numerous and impressive, not least as she holds the trophy for best results in the blind tasting section of her Diploma exam (no mean feat). Another great taster, highly organised and a fundamental part of the business since we opened in 1999.
Known to be seen in the shop on occasions, but mainly stays in his office fretting and looking at Twitter. 17 years in the business and has the hair to prove it. Looks after the wholesale side of the business as well as wine sourcing, logistics, financials and all the exciting stuff.