Interview with John Hoade, wine specialist: ‘Earning somebody’s trust, keeping it and having integrity are vital when it comes to maintaining a good impression’

Working well with others, an understanding of networking and, above all, an enthusiasm and empathy for wine are what draw people to the wine trade, says John Hoade, wine specialist at Barnhill Stores in Dalkey

5th December, 2021
Interview with John Hoade, wine specialist: ‘Earning somebody’s trust, keeping it and having integrity are vital when it comes to maintaining a good impression’
John Hoade, wine specialist at Barnhill Stores in Dalkey, south Co Dublin: ‘In certain retail environments there can be a lack of empathy and understanding about wine. It can be considered a loss leader, rather than the wonderful stand-alone product that it is.’ Picture:

John Hoade is a wine specialist at Barnhill Stores in Dalkey, south Co Dublin. He has worked as a wine specialist at Avoca and as manager and sommelier in Beaufield Mews restaurant, and ran the Grape Escape in Lucan, west Dublin

For the most part, people who work in the wine industry are not driven by the same goals and aspirations as other people are. There’s a real grá, a...

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