Vice President of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers, Ireland
Julie Dupouy was born in the South West of France, in the city of Agen.
She comes from a background where cooking and sharing family meals is an everyday occurrence.
Her passion for good food comes from her paternal grandmother, a primary school teacher and a very good cook who would never, or very rarely, cook the same recipe twice. She cooked instinctively, using her senses and experience. Julie has particularly fond memories of her grandmother’s kitchen wallpaper – a graph paper in style covered in handwritten recipes.
From a very young age, Julie was also passionate about perfumes and one of the most memorable presents she has ever received from her parents was a perfumer kit to create her own combination of aromas.
The very first significant memory of wine is from her 16th birthday party when her granddad opened a special bottle of wine from the year of her birth. She became very excited by the idea of it and decided to start reading about wine to try to understand it better.
A few months later, she told her parents that she wanted to become a sommelier.
Since 2004, Julie has been in living in Ireland where she worked in renowned restaurants, including Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud (2 Michelin stars), The Greenhouse (1Michelin star), and she recently joined the team at Chapter One Restaurant (1Michelin star), as sommelier-consultant.
Since 2014, she has been working freelance in Ireland but also internationally, consulting for restaurants, training people from the industry, hosting events and judging at international wine competitions.
In 2017, she started working on the development of a new Cognac brand and in spring 2019, Exsto Cognac was born, the international launch took place in Singapore.
In 2016, she finished 3rd at the ASI World Sommelier Championship representing Ireland and the Irish Guild of Sommeliers.
Her hope is to inspire others by opening the window into the beautiful world of wine.