IWSC finalist Jean Smullen hosts ‘Bubbles across the Waves’

Jean Smullen – a finalist in the IWSC’s ‘Communicator of the Year’ awards recently.
Jean Smullen – a finalist in the IWSC’s ‘Communicator of the Year’ awards recently.

Jean Smullen, a finalist in the recent International Wine and Spirit Competition’s ‘Communicator of the Year’, was showcasing sparkling wines from around the world at an Italian wine and spirits fair last week.



16 April 2013

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Jean, who narrowly missed out on the title to whisky expert Dave Broom, was putting award-winning IWSC wines through their paces at Vinitaly.

The ‘Bubbles across the Waves’ tasting seminar presented award-winning sparkling wines from countries ranging from Russia to New Zealand.

County Dublin-based Jean is an accomplished wine educator and journalist with comprehensive commercial experience in the wine industry where she specialises in managing wine events. 

She began her wine career in 1991 with the Wine Development Board where she was instrumental in developing a countrywide wine education programme. Since 1999 she’s been working in a freelance capacity offering a consultancy service to the wine trade.  

Jean was one of six finalists in the IWSC’s ‘Communicator of the Year’, a title which recognises an exceptional contribution to increasing awareness of wine and spirits. Previous winners include Jancis Robinson, Olly Smith, Susy Atkins, Oz Clarke and Tim Atkin.

This year’s finalists also included Eric Asimov, the influential wine critic on The New York Times, the Finnish writer, presenter and director Arto Koskelo, the Swedish lecturer and broadcaster Jan Petersen and Whyte & Mackay partner Richard Paterson.

Glaswegian-born spirits expert Dave Broom won the title after one judge called him “one of the most universally accessible communicators” and praised “his ability to reach live audiences around the world in both consumer and trade”.



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