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Mick O'Connell MW

Mick O'Connell MW

Became an MW 2016

Based in Ireland

Nationality Irish

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