Mick O'Connell MW
Became an MW 2016
Based in Ireland
Languages English, Italian
Mick is based in his hometown, Dublin, where he works as a Portfolio Developer at Findlater & Co. Mick joined the wine trade in 2001 working for McHughs in North Dublin.
An avid musician, Mick relocated to London in 2005 with his band Pilotlight and juggled managing various Oddbins branches with touring the length and breadth of the UK. Mick joined fine wine merchant Handford Wines in 2011 where he worked alongside fellow MWs James Handford & Greg Sherwood importing and selling some of the world's most exciting wines. Mick's Research Paper dealt with the wines of Sardinia, where he makes a garage wine with his wife. When not sourcing, selling, making, studying and judging wine (IWSC); Mick likes to do all of the above with music.
Industry sector(s): Winemaking, QA/QC, Marketing, Agency/Importer, Off trade, Buying, Wine judge
Wine styles: Natural, Still white, Still red
Wine region expertise: France, Italy
Market expertise: Europe
Specialisms: Processing of grapes, Economics of wine production, Elevage / maturation, Blending, Preparation of finished wine for bottling, Packing and labelling, Quality assurance and control, Marketing wine, Investment strategies, Supplier/customer relationships, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Routes to market, Importation, Distribution, HORECA, Independent retail, Food and wine pairing, Restaurant wines, Branding, Wine judging