One of the nicest parts of my job as fashion editor is meeting the makers and designers. A new series of 'makers' dinners feeds into my interest in wine.
Wilde at The Westbury is hosting winemakers dinners throughout the year and last week I had the pleasure of meeting Tarek Sakr (pictured right, with Katie Farrell, director of sales at The Westbury) from Château Musar in Lebanon.
Californian wines have grown in popularity here and I can't wait to hear what Bruce Cakebread, chief winemaker and owner of Cakebread Cellars in Napa Valley, has to say when he takes part in the second dinner in the series on February 5. His parents, Jack and Dolores Cakebread, were on a photographic shoot when they offered to buy the Sturdivant Ranch in Rutherford. Now, 47 years later, their winery is one of California's iconic family-operated wineries and is certified green.
From vino to dancing, I can reveal who is lining out for this year's Battle of the Stars which takes place on April 4 in the Clayton Hotel on Dublin's Burlington Road in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland.
The fundraiser is proving to be quite a launch pad. Last year's winner, Fair City actor Ryan Andrews, is now one of the most exciting contenders on RTÉ's Dancing With The Stars.
Lorraine Keane (pictured here at the Image Business Awards) confirmed she is throwing her legs into the ring and you can expect to see Ireland AM's Claire McKenna and Michele McGrath, who has just finished panto.
She was photographed with Ciara Leonard (on the left) at the opening night of The Sound of Music at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Former international rugby referee Alan Lewis, whose sister, Nicola Walker, sadly passed away from breast cancer last year, will be one of the gents taking part. The full list of dancers will be revealed next week on World Cancer Day on February 4.
Congratulations to Eddie Shanahan, the new chair of Showcase, the annual creative expo at the RDS. Eddie was pictured at this year’s launch with (from left) Dr Orlaigh Quinn, Secretary General of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation; Louise Allen, Managing Executive; and Breege O’Donoghue, the dynamic chair of the Design & Crafts Council Ireland.
Is there no end of the talents of the Morahan sisters? Caroline's big sis Olivia wrote Wired, a play about how women treat each other in the workplace- in this case, a circus. It was performed at the Scene + Heard festival at Smock Alley last week. Olivia is a name to watch!