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The Wine Experience: Getting the Balance Right

Food and wine are the twin pillars of any memorable meal; get the balance right, and you have the perfect dining experience. But while most people know exactly what dishes to choose, or are at least willing to take a risk, they can be a little less certain when it comes to wine. Doubt and hesitation can creep in all too easily, like smoke through a crack. This is where the knowledge and guidance of appropriately trained staff is key.  


Close-up shot of a bottle of Mas La Plana red, next to one of joe Hogan's art baskets

2013 Mas La Plana – an
‘authoritative’ 100% cabernet sauvignon


Wine: A landscape to be explored

For lovers of wine (or oenophiles as they are known in the industry), wine is a labyrinthine landscape of hidden valleys, intricate pathways and exotic destinations to be explored.  It’s an adventure, a journey — sometimes, in the case of the great vintages, even a pilgrimage.  

But a certain, rather unpleasant brand of wine snobbery – one that thankfully is on its way out – has made others less than confident about choosing wines, particularly when the list you’re presented with is thicker than your arm.  So having staff who love wine and are keen to share their passion in their guidance of others is essential.  

And that’s what we have here at Chapter One. Yes, we have a sommelier, and it’s their huge knowledge and experience (and that of those who went before them) that underpin the quality of our cellar and, of course, our winelist, both of which have taken years of investment, passion and commitment to build into something we believe is truly special.  

close-up of the opening statement of our winelist

The introduction to our winelist – getting guests ready for their wine adventure!


Wine training:  Building staff, building trust

We also actively encourage anyone who wants to, to study wine in a formal capacity.  This way, not only do they qualify and get another string to their professional bow, but our staff deepen their knowledge and passion about wine in ways that build a customer’s trust and confidence in their opinion.  

Chapter One staff seated at a long table during a wine tutorial

Staff looking focused during a wine tutorial with sommelier Julie DuPouy


The natural consequence of this is that staff are happier and better positioned to guide customers.  So at busy times, say, when the sommelier is at another table for longer than usual, we have a host of other qualified, passionate people who are more than happy to help guests choose a wine that will complement their meal.  


Make guests’ wine experience the best it can be

Even better, they might just nudge the tentative wine drinker to think of the meal ahead as an adventure all their own, with a personal ‘wine sherpa’ to guide them through the unknown and unfamiliar.  When that happens, we know we’ve succeeded in making their experience with us the best it can be.  

They shouldn’t expect anything less – and we wouldn’t want them to.  



    Chapter One Restaurant – Dublin Ireland

    Opening times:

    Pre Theatre Dinner 5pm-5.30pm Tuesday to Saturday

    Dinner- 7.30pm onwards Tuesday to Saturday

    Lunch – 12.30pm- 2pm Friday

    The restaurant is closed during the COVID19 crisis, we hope to be back soon. Bookings for July & August will open online when we have more information from the Goverment.


    To make a reservation at Chapter One you can call us during office hours on +353 1 8732266 or you can complete the online booking request form.

    For Group bookings (8 guests or more) you can email us directly on info@chapteronerestaurant.com

    If your preferred date, time or number of guests is not available from the online booking form please do contact us here by phone or email and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

    To make your reservation using the online form please select party size first to ensure access to available dates.