Congratulations to Barbara Boyle and Mick O’Connell: Ireland’s Two New Masters of Wine

Congratulations to Barbara Boyle MW and Mick O'Connell MW Ireland's Two New Masters of Wine |

Barbara Boyle MW and Mick O’Connell MW are Ireland’s most recent Masters of Wine as announced today by the Institute of Masters of Wine.

As reported by, Barbara Boyle MW and her husband Ben Mason, successfully run an independent importing company called Wine Mason. She has over 16 years of experience in the wine industry in Ireland and her company is deemed by Smullen as “one of Ireland’s most innovative wine importers.”

Mick O’Connell MW, also works with Wine Mason. His wine career goes back to 2001 and features selling and importing experience both in Ireland and in the UK.

Becoming a Master of Wine is an extremely difficult and demanding endeavour, more people can say they’ve been in space than those who hold a MW title, 401 in total, 340 active.

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“We do this in several ways: Primarily, we look at regions which are a little bit off the beaten track. But just as important, we offer depth and range from countries such as Germany, Austria and Portugal where we have wines from many regions at different quality levels.

While we could be regarded as specialists in each of those countries, we bring the same inquisitiveness and attention to other parts of the portfolio.

The list of wines has grown since last year with the addition of over 50 wines from all countries but in particular Portugal, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and South Africa.

WineMason sells only to independent retailers and restaurants. With growth evident in the independent and restaurant sectors we aim to continue to source wines for you and your customers which are genuinely interesting, well priced and trending.” Read More

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