Mick O'Connell MW
Became an MW 2016
Based in Ireland
Languages English, Italian
Home city: Dublin
Mick is based in his hometown, Dublin, where he works as a Wine Consultant, Journalist & Broadcaster and is a co-founder of Neighbourhood Wine, a boutique wine merchant.
Mick joined the wine trade in 2001 working for McHughs in North Dublin.
An avid musician, Mick relocated to London in 2005 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. On his return to Ireland in 2016 he worked as the buyer for Ireland’s largest wine importer Findlater & Co until the end of 2020.
Mick’s Research Paper dealt with the wines of Sardinia, where he makes a garage wine, Garnacha not Guerra.
When not sourcing, selling, making, studying and judging wine (IWSC judging committee); Mick likes to do all of the above with music.
Primary area(s) of work: Wine production, Trade, Communication
Industry sector(s): Agency/Importer, Business owner, Buying, Broadcasting, Journalism, Marketing, Off trade, QA/QC, Winemaking, Wine judge
Wine styles: Natural, Still red, Still white
Wine region expertise: France, Italy
Market expertise: Europe
Specialisms: Economics of wine production, Processing of grapes, Blending, Elevage / maturation, Preparation of finished wine for bottling, Packing and labelling, Quality assurance and control, Branding, Distribution, Food and wine pairing, HORECA, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Importation, Independent retail, Investment strategies, Marketing wine, Restaurant wines, Routes to market, Supplier/customer relationships, Wine judging