About Jean


Jean Smullen WSET Dip has worked in the wine industry in Ireland for 26 years and during that time has worked on an ongoing 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 ten 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.


From1991-1999 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. Jean was Chairman of a judging panel at the 23rd Concours Mondial in Plovdiv which took place Bulgaria from 29th April - 1st May 2016. The 24th Concours Mondial de Bruxelles will take place in Valladolid in Spain in 2017.


 Jean is part of the judging panel for Germany's Mundus Vini since 2010 and was a judge at the final of the 2012 The Best of Riesling Challenge in Neustadt in May 2012.


 Jean was a member of the International jury for the Superior Taste Award in 2014 and again in March 2015. The Superior Taste Award is a recognition granted by the International Taste & Quality Institute (iTQi) which is the world leading organisation based in Brussels dedicated to testing and promoting food and drink products.


 Jean was a wine judge at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards in South Africa in August, 2012 and at the 20th anniversary of the Michelangelo competition from 15th - 20th August 2016.


 Dr Oetker in association with wine expert Jean Smullen developed an essential guide to wine to accompany their delicious Ristorante pizzas in 2014.


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.