02 Dec 2021

Clonmel chamber urges support for wine fundraiser for South Tipperary Hospice

Clonmel chamber urges support for wine fundraiser for South Tipperary Hospice

Gary Gubbins proprietor of Red Nose Wine and organiser of the fundraising event photographed with David Shanahan, Acting CEO of Clonmel & County Tipperary Chambers of Commerce.

Clonmel and County Tipperary Chamber of Commerce Acting CEO David Shanahan has called on the business community, chamber members and non-members to support this week’s fundraiser for South Tipperary Hospice Movement (STHM) hosted by chamber member, Red Nose Wine at Raheen House. The after work charity wine tasting event will take place on Thursday 24th from 5.30 – 6.30pm and tickets are €15 and available with all funds raised going to local charity STHM.


“This event will be our last networking opportunity for members before Christmas and for that reason we have opened it up to non-members also. I would urge anyone in business in the local area to attend this unique event. The team from Red Nose Wine will also be offering a large and diverse selection of wines and champagnes from their Christmas Collection for those in attendance. The night promises to be a great social event with an educational twist for those who want to learn a little or a lot while tasting, whilst also raising much-needed funds for South Tipperary Hospice Movement.” David Shanahan, Acting CEO, Clonmel & County Tipperary Chambers.


Winemakers from Bodegas Sommos, Northern Spain, Chateau Viranel in Southern France and Champagne Duval-Leroy will all be present at the event showcasing some of their vineyards finest and sharing their stories. A representative from Liberty Wines, Red Nose Wine’s esteemed Italian Fine Wine import partner will also be showcasing the best of fine wines from Italy.


Looking more closely at the winemakers in attendance, Bodegas Sommos is a unique vineyard in the Somontano D.O. located in Northern Spain. The winery has 350 hectares of vines spread over 5 vineyards. They like to experiment and use a wide variety of grapes including Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, and Pinot Noir to make their various red wines. Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer are used in their white selection.


Chateau Viranel will also be showcasing and although they have been making wine at Viranel in Saint Chinian since 1551, the vineyard has recently enjoyed a new lease of life as the next generation has taken over operations. Nicolas studied agronomy in Toulouse, travelled overseas to gain work experience in places as diverse as Peru, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, and California. In 2003, Nicolas started overseeing the grape harvest at Viranel and Arnaud joined him in 2009, to handle sales and marketing.


Another family business, Champagne Duval-Leroy, has dedicated itself to the noble craft of champagne-making since 1859. Champagne pioneers, Duval-Leroy has always been driven by a quest for high standards and innovation in every aspect of the business, from quality, consistency and certification through to partnerships with sommeliers and chefs. It is a member of the very prestigious Relais & Chateaux partnership.  Champagne Duval-Leroy have recently become the champagne of choice for the prestigious Cliff Group (who are also members of Relais & Chateaux), and their luxury hotels and restaurants in Ardmore, Co. Waterford, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin and the new Cliff at Lyons in Co. Kildare.


Gary Gubbins, Proprietor of Red Nose Wine commented “We have a wide variety of options available to corporate clients as Christmas gifts which will be showcased on the night from twin packs to luxury hampers and this event offers the local business community the chance to sample our offerings, whilst raising much-needed funds for a great local cause. At Red Nose Wine we specialise in importing wine of the highest quality from smaller and family run vineyards. There is a lot of very good wine at a very good price in the world, but it is often hidden within its locality, be it in a small country village in Piedmont, or just a few steps away from a very famous Bordeaux chateau. The same can be said of Spanish, New Zealand and Chilean wines, to name but a few. The wines with the biggest advertising budgets are rarely the best wines at the best price. Our winemakers skills lie more in wine making than marketing, which makes them that little bit harder to find, this event allows us to bring these wines to you, you won’t find these on a supermarket shelf.” Tickets are €15 with all wines on the evening sponsored by Red Nose Wine to ensure maximum funds are generated for the charity. For further information and bookings visit

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