Cristobel Socias, Santa Alicia, Chile

Santa Alicia have been producing wines in the heart of Maipo Valley since 1954. With grapes from three select communes, a state of the art winery, and judicious use of the finest American and French oak barrels, the wines represent  good price/quality ratio.

In 2007, they were named Chilean Wine Producer of the Year for “best overall results from a Chilean winery” in the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition in London.

Cristobel Socias, Santa Alicia, Chile, pictured with Michael Kane, Curious Wines, Cork

Jean Smullen, Wines of Chile

Jean is a member of the international Circle of Wine Writers and writes a monthly column for Retail News,  one of Ireland’s retail trade magazines.  She presents a regular wine slot with the national news station, Newstalk as part of the Sean Moncrieff Show, which broadcasts a  nationwide “Movies and Booze” feature on a Friday afternoons from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m..   She also writes  a regular wine column for Prudence a bi-monthly magazine which prides itself on being the definitive Irish guide to savvy living and since April 2009 has been writing their weekly wine blog which is emailed to subscribers every Friday.  For more information about Prudence or to sign up for their ezine  

Starting October 2010 Jean now has a regular slot on TV as one of the featured wine reviewers on RTE television’s new afternoon magazine show 4 Live.

Jean’s website  features the wine diary for the Republic of Ireland  which highlights forthcoming trade and consumer events.  This site provides a key planning role for all wine events taking place in Ireland.   

Since 2006 Jean has been one of the wine judges at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, one of the wine world’s best known international blind tasting competitions.  This year she participated at the  2010 Concours Mondial  which took place in  Palermo, Sicily.    The 2011 Concours Mondial will take place in Luxembourg  from 5th – 8th May, 2011.   For more information about Concours Mondial their website is 

 Jean  also judged at the  2010 Mundus Vini competition in Neustadt an der Weinstraße in Germany from  August  27th – 29th 2010  and was a judge at the 2010 Vinipax which took place  the Alentejo region of  Portugal in October.

Our thanks and appreciation to Jean for yet again another of her fantastic presentations to the students.

Jean Smullen, Wines of Chile

Jean gave another of her fantastic wine presentations on Wines of Chile to the students of the 12-week cookery course at the Ballymaloe Cookery School.  The students really enjoyed the talk, and learning all about Chile, its food, culture, and of course its great wines and it was great for them to have the opportunity to taste such a great selection of different wines from the different wine regions of Chile.