About Jean


Jean Smullen WSET Dip has worked in the wine industry in Ireland for 27 years and during that time has worked on an on-going basis for the generic bodies Wines of Argentina, Wine Australia, Wines of Chile, New Zealand Wine, SOPEXA (Food & Wine from France), Wines of South Africa, Wines of Uruguay and ViniPortugal among many others.


A co-presenter for over twelve years on Newstalk’s popular wine slot, Movies & Booze with Sean Moncrieff, Jean also writes a wine column for the Sunday World. Jean has presented wine on television for RTE’s 4 Live and is a member of the of the Circle of Wine Writers.


From 1991-1999 Jean was responsible for the development of a countrywide wine education programme for the Wine Development Board of Ireland.


Jean has comprehensive commercial experience in the wine industry where she offers a unique marketing service which specialises in the management of wine events which include wine fairs, wine and food dinners, wine trips, tasting tutorials, in-store promotions, training courses and wine club tastings.


IWSC Wine Communicator of the Year 2013


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. She was awarded the runner up prize at a reception in Palazzo Verita Poeta in Verona on April 6th, 2013.


The finalists 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.


Wine Qualifications W.S.E.T Diploma ; W.S.E.T Advanced Certificate (with distinction) ; W.S.E.T Intermediate Certificate


Wine Education


 Management and Co-Ordination of Customised wine Appreciation Courses


 Wine & Food Events


 Specialist Regional Tastings


 Wine Articles

Event Management


 Wine Tastings & Wine Fairs


 PR for Trade and Consumer Events and Products


 Wine & Food dinners for both Trade and Consumer


 Off Licence Promotions

Wine Judging


 Since 2006 Jean has been one of the wine judges at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, one of Europe's best known international blind tasting competitions. At the 2015 Concours Mondial in Jesolo in May 2015 she was awarded a gold medal for ten years judging at the competition by the organisers. Jean was also a judge at Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2016 in Rueda in March 2016 and again in Graz in March 2018. In August 2017 Jean travelled to China as part of a Concours Mondial panel to judge at the Ningxia Helan Mountain East Foothills Awards 2017. Jean was a panel Chairperson at Concours Mondial du Bruxelles in Beijing in May 2018. The next Concours Mondial du Brusselles will take place in Aigle, Switzerland from 2nd - 5th May, 2019


 Jean has judged at Mundus Vini since 2010 and was a judge at the most recent Mundus Vini competition in Neustadt am der Weinstrasse in August 2018.


 Jean was a wine judge at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards in South Africa in August, 2012 www.michelangeloawards.com Jean was a judge at the Michelangelo 20th Anniversary Award competition in Stellenbosche from 15th - 20th August 2016.


 Jean was a judge at the Berliner Wein Trophy 2017 in Berlin in July 2017.


Client List


For the past eighteen years her company has worked with or consulted for, on a freelance basis, with a number of wine producing countries and regions, including :-


Acorex (Moldova); AOC Corbiere & Minervois; A.P.E.T. (Economic Promotion Agency of Tuscany); Central Otago (NZ); C.I.V.B. (Counseil Inter-professionnel du Vin de Bordeaux); Cotes du Bourg; Cru Classes de Graves; EXCAL (Exportaciones de Castilla y Leon, SA); Family of 12 (New Zealand); Le Sud (Wineries from the South of France); I.C.E.X. (Spain); InterBeaujolais; Italian Trade Commission; Instituto de Formento Region of Murcia (I.N.T.O.); Provins Valais (Swiss Wines); New Zealand Wines; Rioja Alavesa & Txakoli; SOPEXA - Food & Wine from France; Wines of Argentina; Wines of Chile, Wines of Luxembourg; Wines of South Africa, Embassy of Slovenia; Syndicate de Cru Bourgeois du Medoc; Wines of Uruguay; Vinedos de Madrid Viniportugal; and Wine Australia.