This is personal.

I’m Eamon, and I’m on a mission to share the world’s greatest wines with Irish wine drinkers. This is why.

But first — you might be wondering who I am, and what on earth qualifies me to say such a thing.

For 10 years… I had the best job in the world

You see, I was the Wine Guy at a great company in the UK called Naked Wines. This meant I spent 10 years hunting down the best independent winemakers and setting them up in business.

I visited every wine region on the planet scouting out gems. I spent countless hours in vineyards and wineries. I sat at many a kitchen table with winemakers and their families, trying to solve the world’s problems over delicious food and wine.

The travel was great — but by far my favourite bit was bringing these wines and stories back to the UK, and sharing them with 250,000 wine drinkers.

Even when I moved back to Ireland in 2019 with my wife Ruth and two kids, I was able to keep the dream job going from Dublin.

And then lockdown hit

The travel came to screaming halt, and I was stuck at home like everyone else. With far too much time to reflect on things.

And soon two things dawned on me…

  • I’m at home now, surrounded by friends and family
  • I love sharing brilliant wines with people

Eureka moment — why don’t I bring the two together? I’ve spent 10 years making great wines accessible to UK wine drinkers, why not do that here?

That’s why I’ve come up with WineSpark

For me, wine is really simple. It’s not an intellectual exercise… wine is made for good times with good people.

And if you happen to know the winemaker who made the wine you’re drinking — or even vaguely appreciate the heart and soul that went into that bottle — for me that makes drinking it so much more special.

This is what WineSpark is all about — connecting you with amazing winemakers.

It’s coming very soon…

I quit my job in January, and have since been tasting a LOT of wine and signing up some of the best winemakers I know. Including…

  • Former Antinori winemaker Federico Cerelli, who made Tignanello and Solaia, two of Italy’s most famous wines
  • Natalia Poblete, Chile’s Young Winemaker of the Year in 2018
  • Daniel Baron, who made the legendary Dominus Estate and Silver Oak in California

Their wines have never been sold in Ireland before. In fact Federico has never sold a wine under his own name, anywhere.

This is going to be special.

Follow the adventure here. And please tell an Irish wine-loving friend!

1 comment

Hi Eamon,
You were a great wine guru at NW, and we bought quite a bit through you.
My wife is currently in Dublin for three days and l am sure if you send me your address will pop in! Her two colleagues also enjoy wine being former partners at PWC.
Hope you get this in time and that all is going well with you.
Regards Philip
The Old Vicarage
Hatfield Lane
WR5 2PX.

Philip Christopher Poole January 10, 2023

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