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2020 WSW News

Updated: Feb 24

With this newsletter we wish all of our WSW members a happy and successful 2020.

Ayala Champagne Education Bursary Applications Close 21st Feb 2020.

Applications are now open to members to apply for training funding via the Wine Spirit Women Education Bursary.

It is envisaged it will be available to support up to WEST Level 3 & up to Court of Master Sommelier Certified Sommelier qualifications or other relevant industry training.

If you would like to apply for bursary funding to assist with your training please submit your application in the form of a statement to and in not more than 600 words outline:

- who you are and something about your drinks industry career so far

- Tell us about where you work & any current training you have

- How much of a bursary you need

- What you would use the bursary for

- How you feel the additional training might affect your career

The Chair of the WSW Education Bursary is Corinna Hardgrave who has recently been awarded her WSET Level 4, Corinna will be assisted by WSW members Michelle O’Sullivan, Findlater & Co who secured the Champagne Ayala bursary during 2019, Maureen O'Hara of Premier Wine, Laura Peterson, Febvre & Christine Smith of Mackeway. The recipients will be announced at our WSW lunch in the Shelbourne in March.

WSW Wine Tasting Group Launches

Our wonderful social media guru Sinéad Smyth has orgainsed a new members wine tasting group, the first event took place on Thursday 6th Feb. Going forward tastings will take place on the first Monday of each month with the next tasting on Monday 2nd March. If you would like to attend please contact Sinéad. The venue has been sponsored by O’Briens Wine at the O’Briens Wine School Donnybrook.

WSW Mentoring Program To Launch

Justine Mc Govern supported by Jules Mahon will shortly be launching a mentoring program and are hoping to attract experienced WSW industry professionals from all aspects of the trade to support and mentor WSW making their way in their industry career.

WSW Spring Lunch Shelbourne Hotel 24th March – Save The Date

This lunch will see the one year anniversary of the launch of Wine Spirit Women and we will celebrate with the announcement of the Ayala Education Bursary winners. We will also be joined by entrepreneur and business women Mary McKenna, Managing Director of Tour America, @MaryTourAmerica, who will share her inspirational business story with us.

WSW Launches WhatsApp Group

Since we launched WSW one of our biggest struggles has been finding the best way to communicate with our members. Currently we are using our website, twitter, emails, Facebook & Instagram.

This task is being shared across three WSW members, but we are still concerned that our communications are not fully effective in building the inclusive networking community that we wanted to establish in the first place.

Having researched different options, we believe that a private WSW WhatsApp group is currently the most effective way to allow members to build their WSW network & communicate quickly & easily with each other.

We will be GDPR compliant & will share this policy on the website soon. We will not share any confidential information via WSW WhatsApp such email addresses.

We would love as many members as possible to add themselves to the WSW WhatsApp group & we would need members to opt into the group and we will send out a request shortly.

WSW Membership 2020

Our annual membership is due for renewal from March 5th 2020, we have reduced the annual membership to €45.00, this will still reduced event prices for members and a complimentary Christmas drinks party.

We will launch also launch an early bird €40.00 membership offer during Feb.


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