International wine &
spirit competition

Panel Judges

Panel Judges

Julie Dupouy

Julie Dupouy
Speciality

Wines

Position

Panel Judge

Julie was born in the South West of France, in the city of Agen.

She comes from a background where cooking and sharing family meals together is an everyday occurrence.

"I think my passion for good food comes from my grandmother, on my father’s side. She was a primary school teacher and a very good cook. She would never, or very rarely cook the same recipe twice. She cooked instinctively, using her senses and experience. I have particularly fond memories of her kitchen wallpaper, it was graph paper in style and was covered in handwritten recipes with dishes that she liked.

"From a very young age I was also passionate about perfumes and one of the most memorable presents I ever received from my parents was a perfumer kit to create my own combination of aromas.

"The very first significant memory of wine is from my 16th birthday. My Granddad had opened a special bottle of wine from the year of my birth. I remember being very excited by the idea of it and I decided to start reading about wine to try to understand it better.

"A few months later, I told my parents that I wanted to become a sommelier..."

Sarah has been in living in Ireland since 2004. I have been lucky and worked in some great restaurants, including Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, The Greenhouse and I have recently joined the team at Chapter One Restaurant as sommelier-consultant. In 2016, I finished 3rd at the ASI World Sommelier Championship representing Ireland and the Irish Guild of Sommeliers.

"My hope is to inspire others and to give them a little of the inspiration I was fortunate to have in my early life with a view to opening the window for people into the beautiful world of wine and sensory pleasure."