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SEP
29


Superb South Africa (VIC)

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS Join us at Transit Cocktail Lounge in Fed Square for an opportunity to investigate some of the better and more interesting wines from South Africa. Over 4 brackets of wine, investigate regions from Olifants River in the north to Bot River in the...
SEP
30
#GRENACHESTARS (NSW)

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS! The grenache star is rising. We will hook you up with grenache in all its glory. Think spice and succulence from ancient bush vines, amazeballs styles from cool cats and stalwarts in the stronghold of Australian grenache in McLaren Vale, Barossa and beyond....
SEP
25
Grand Cru Pinot Noir Masterclass - Adelaide (SA)

United Cellars is excited to launch an evolution to our Grand Burgundy series with the launch of Grand Cru, a dedicated tasting of some of the world's finest Pinot Noirs. Our customers are passionate about Pinot Noir and this series of tastings and Masterclasses is an amazing opportunity to savour Pinot...
SEP
30
Grand Cru Pinot Noir Masterclass - Brisbane (QLD)

United Cellars is excited to launch an evolution to our Grand Burgundy series with the launch of Grand Cru, a dedicated tasting of some of the world's finest Pinot Noirs. Our customers are passionate about Pinot Noir and this series of tastings and Masterclasses is an amazing opportunity to savour Pinot...
SEP
30
A+ Australian One Day Wine Course (VIC)

A+ Australian Wine Level 2 This exciting new six hour course provides professionals and enthusiasts with an increased understanding of Australian wines focusing on the major varieties and their best regional expression. The course is endorsed by Wine Australia. • Find out more about the history and...
OCT
03
Bass & Flinders Gin Experience (VIC)

Delve into the world of Gin! Take home a bottle of Gin specifically to your taste. Hosted by Bob Laing of Bass & Flinders distillery, Red Hill. The Gin experience masterclass is designed to familiarise you to the wonderful world of Gin production, where we explore the exotic botanicals used...
OCT
06
Benchmark Tasting - Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 vintage (VIC)

You have the opportunity to benchmark Cabernet from around the world. Six wines will be presented as part of a blind tasting. The event is complimentary to members, and will be capped at 30 attendees. In exchange for the opportunity to benchmark / fine tune your tasting ability...
OCT
06
Domaine Wine Shippers trade show (VIC)

Domain Wine Shippers will be hosting its biannual trade show on Monday, 6th October at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins. Come along between 12 and 7 PM to meet our Australian & New Zealand winemakers and to taste the new releases of their award-winning wines. A selection of wines and Champagnes will...
OCT
08
The Great Tasmanian Wine Dinner (NSW)

You are invited to enjoy a four-course dinner in one of Sydney's greatest restaurants while savouring a rare selection of some of Tasmania's most exciting and revered vineyards and cellars- to be served by 10 of Sydney's finest sommeliers- in support of The 2015 Sommeliers Australia National Symposium. Each...
OCT
08
Ex Animo Trade Tasting - South African Wine (NSW)

An invite for the Sydney trade: Please join David Clarke At Fix St James for a tasting of some of South Africa's finest wines. Ex Animo Australia is owned and run by David and Jeannette Clarke. David hails from Melbourne and had previously been Head Sommelier at Vue...
OCT
09
Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz Masterclass (VIC)

Tutored vertical tasting of Block 6 Shiraz hosted by winemaker Andy Coppard. Kay Brothers winery is approaching it's 150th anniversary. In anticipation and to launch the 2012 release of Black 6 we are delighted to have winemaker Andy coppard host an exclusive vertical tasting masterclass. On tasting: Block 6...
OCT
10
WSET Level 1 Award in Wines / Wine Construct (NSW)

LEVEL 1 AWARD IN WINES This qualification will provide basic knowledge to interested consumers and first time employees in the hospitality industry alike. The course will provide participants with a basic introduction to wine as well as food and wine matching. Courses will run 9am – 5pm. Students must pass a...
OCT
11
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 (VIC)

Looking Behind the Label Intensive three Saturday accredited course The WSET Intermediate certificate is intended as a training program in product knowledge for those employed in the drinks industry to improve their knowledge of wines and spirits and for the enthusiast with a serious interest in wine who would like to...
OCT
12
Wine and Cheese Fest (VIC)

The Wine & Cheese Fest is an event that will tantalise any palate and entertain in a relaxed atmosphere, while treating guests to beautiful sea and city views! Showcasing local and international wineries, cheese and small goods producers, live entertainment and amazing views, this event has something for everyone! The Wine...
OCT
12
Sommeliers Australia Annual Ball (VIC)

Join us for a swinging soiree by the lake as we celebrate 2014 in oh-so-appropriate appropriate speakeasy style! With bootleg liquor from some of the finest rum-runners around it's only appropriate that we've got canapés and courses to match from Melbourne's most exciting chefs. This is sure to be one superb...
OCT
13
Bacchant Wines Trade Show (NSW)

Meet our domestic and international winemakers. Award-winning craft beers and cider, vintage releases, Trade Day pricing and live music. RSVP (02) 9212 5658 or office@bacchantwines.com.au...
OCT
14
Rocktober (VIC)

What is Rocktober? And how on earth does it relate to wine?! You'll just have to watch this space.......
OCT
15
Benchmark Tasting - Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 vintage (NSW)

You have the opportunity to benchmark Cabernet from around the world. Six wines will be presented as part of a blind tasting. The event is complimentary to members, and will be capped at 30 attendees. In exchange for the opportunity to benchmark / fine tune your tasting ability...
OCT
20
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits / Wine Construct (NSW)

LEVEL 2 Award in Wines and Spirits The Level 2 qualification will provide excellent all round intermediate knowledge to wine and spirit employees or interested consumers. Through study of key grape varieties and regions, candidates will understand what is in the bottle simply by reading the label. The course will...
OCT
20
What's New Sydney Tasting - October (NSW)

What's New is a tasting concept developed by a group of likeminded importers and distributors. The group bringing What's New to you are Enoteca Sydney, Vinous Solutions and world wine estates. We aim to hold tastings at different venues throughout the year where you can fast track your palates to...
OCT
21
What's New Melbourne Tasting - October (VIC)

What's New is a tasting concept developed by a group of likeminded importers and distributors. The group bringing What's New to you are Enoteca Sydney, Vinous Solutions and world wine estates. We aim to hold tastings at different venues throughout the year where you can fast track your palates to What's...
OCT
21
Biodynamics de-mystified (TAS)

BUY YOU TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE What's all the hoopla about Biodynamics? Get the facts and try some of the best international examples of biodynamic wines alongside local Tassie styles. This session explores the relationship between the farmer, their vines and nature within a system that aims...
OCT
25
A+ Australian Wine Course Level 2 (VIC)

This one day course is the official Australian Grape and Wine Authority (formally Wine Australia) accredited training. This is a valuable addition to the Resume of those working in the wine industry or hospitality and is also suitable for the keen enthusiast wanting to learn in a structured environment. The course...
OCT
27
Sommeliers Australia Wine Option Night of Nights (NSW)

Keep your options open in October so that you can attend the Sommeliers Australia Wine Option Night! Once again teams of 3 will be competing for the ultimate glory- feel free to bring a couple of friends or arrive on the night to pair up with a couple of like-minded...
OCT
28
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 - 28/10/2014 (VIC)

The Advanced Certificate qualification is designed to give a thorough understanding of the principal wines and spirits of the world, and their commercial importance in the world's liquor market. The qualification will assist those who are required to make professional evaluations of wines and spirits, with regard to their commercial...
OCT
31
EFFERVESCENCE TASMANIA 2014 (TAS)

The inaugural 'EFFERVESCENCE TASMANIA' Sparkling Weekend is to take place on Friday 31st October and Saturday 1st of November 2014. It serves as a celebration of the world class sparkling wines emanating from the Island State of Tasmania. Presented by the makers themselves and supported by Tasmania's world famous seafood and...
NOV
07
AAVWS Talk and Taste -The Ancient in Modernity (VIC)

Session One Georgia On My Mind Georgia is one of the world's oldest wine producing countries, home to an astonishing array of indigenous varieties and the traditional winemaking technique using qvevri – egg-shaped earthenware vessels. The qvevri winemaking method is so significant culturally and historically it is on the...
NOV
10
What's New Brisbane Tasting - November (QLD)

What's New is a tasting concept developed by a group of likeminded importers and distributors. The group bringing What's New to you are Enoteca Sydney, Vinous Solutions and world wine estates. We aim to hold tastings at different venues throughout the year where you can fast track your palates to...
NOV
11
Pinot Noir Benchmarking (TAS)

HOLD THE DATE! Event details TBC...
NOV
15
La Dolce Vita Wine and Food Festival, King Valley - 15 & 16 November 2014 (VIC)

The King Valley's spring festival, La Dolce Vita, November 15 -16, showcases the innovative wine styles the region has become known for, the foods that many of the generation have grown up on and the honest and generous hospitality that the family owned businesses of the King Valley pride themselves on...
FEB
10
Craft Brews (TAS)

HOLD THE DATE!...
MAY
21
Negociants Australia/Samuel Smith & Son Annual Imported Tasting (TAS)

An exciting selection of both new release and back vintage wines from both the Negociants and Samuel Smith portfolios all available for tasting under the one roof! Please contact your Area Manager for more details......
 

What's News

Banjo Harris Plane Wins 2014 Best Sommelier of Australia Competition!




The dust has all but settled and the post-celebration headaches have completed their retreat; please join us in congratulating Banjo Harris Plane on his fine performance and success in winning the Marc and Eva Besen Trophy and title of 2014 Best Sommelier of Australia!

Aside from having the pleasure and privilege of being custodian of the trophy and holding the title for the coming three years, Banjo will also be jetting across to China to represent Australia and compete in the third Association de la Sommellerie Internationale regional championship for the title of Best Sommelier of Asia and Oceania in 2015.

Those that were lucky enough to be able to join us for the final and awards lunch on Sunday the 20th were party not only to to three tense, exciting rounds of competition between the three finalists- Adrian Filliuta from Felix in Sydney, Sarah Ward from Rockpool Bar & Grill in Melbourne and Banjo Harris Plane from Attica in Melbourne, but also to a cornucopia of delights from Osteria Balla and some truly wonderful wines from our sponsors.

Again, on behalf of all at Sommeliers Australia we congratulate Banjo on his outstanding performance and likewise warmly congratulate all 12 national finalists for their sterling efforts through the semi-final this past weekend.

Lorenzo Galli Wine Scholarship Winner Announced


After an intense day of tutorials and masterclasses in Melbourne last month the judges results are in; congratulations to Tom Brushfield of The Melbourne Supper Club on his selection as Dux of the Scholars as winner of the 2014 Lorenzo Galli Wine Scholarship!

The Lorenzo Galli Wine Scholarship, generously offered by Pamela Galli and held in Melbourne across the 22nd and 23rd of June this year, celebrates and explores the diversity and richness of Italy's wine and history while showcasing the latest trends in Australia with its interpretations of Italian varietals.

As part of the scholarship endowment Tom will be flying across to Italy to experience a rigorous and in-depth schedule of winery and vineyard visits through some of the most exciting wine producing regions of the country.

Congratulazioni Tom!

Competition & Scholarship Dates for 2014


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for all the dates of the Sommeliers Australia

Best Sommelier Competition

Lorenzo Galli Scholarship

plus dates for

Pontifex Scholarship

Court of Master Sommeliers

La Chaine des Rotissuers Young Sommelier Comp

Vin De Champagne Awards

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