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AUG
07


"Warriors of Wine" Sommeliers Long Lunch (VIC)

On Sunday 7 August, three of Melbourne's smartest Sommeliers will battle each other as they pit for your votes at Warriors of Wine, the Sommeliers Australia Long Lunch. This year's event will be hosted by Master of Ceremonies, Best Sommelier of Australia 2014, Banjo Harris Plane. Matching their choice of...
AUG
01
WSET Level 3 Award in Sake (NSW)

A 4 day intensive course on Sake with Australia's leading Sake educator Yukino Ochiai covering all aspects of the production and styles. A comprehensive range of Sake will be tasted and evaluated. At the end of the course candidates will sit for the WSET Level 3 Award in Sake....
AUG
01
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 (VIC)

CANDIDATES SHOULD AIM TO COLLECT THEIR MATERIAL AT LEAST 3 WEEKS IN ADVANCE TO FAMILIARIZE THEMSELVES WITH THE LEVEL 3 CONTENT. PAYMENT IN INSTALMENTS IS AVAILABLE. The Advanced Certificate qualification is designed to give a thorough understanding of the principal wines and spirits of the world, and their commercial...
AUG
02
Journey through Champagne: a masterclass (NSW)

Do you want to to be led on a journey through Champagne? Then this Members Only masterclass is for you… Previous Vin de Champagne winner Annette Lacey, Sommeliers Australia's Amanda Yallop and the Champagne Bureau have joined forces to lead members through the landscape of Champagne in all of its...
AUG
02
NATIONAL: 2016 Tasting Education Scholarship - applications close today 5pm (VIC)

Only offered every three years, this 3-day education programme is offered to ensure that the next generation of sommeliers receive the training and support required to successfully advance in the profession. A select few Scholars will have the incredible opportunity to develop their skills in tasting, assessment and articulation, using the...
AUG
02
CELLARHAND TRADE DAY 2016 (VIC)

We're back at the Regent Theatre for another dramatic turn of fun times and stellar wines. You know the drill – follow the red carpet to… CHABLIS CHAHUT - Guillaume Gicqueau-Michel presents his uproariously good 2014s HOMEGROWN HEROES - All our Australian and New Zealand producers reveal their latest...
AUG
03
2005 Bordeaux with Jeff Burch (WA)

2005 remains a contender for the finest vintage from Bordeaux in modern times. Jancis Robinson has rated it as "surely Bordeaux 's best vintage of the century so far'. Sommeliers Australia will be joined by Aussie wine icon Jeff Burch who will present 15 wines from his personal cellar to...
AUG
03
BEST OF THE BUNCH - TRADE EVENT (VIC)

World Wine Estates, Halle aux Vins, Apostrophe Wines & Enoteca Sydney are teaming up for a trade day in Melbourne. We are all very pleased to invite you and your entire wine team to join us to taste a large range of imports from around the world and meet up with...
AUG
03
Sommelier 101: Aged Australian Icons **Second date** (VIC)

What happens as wine ages? Sommeliers Australia's Liam O'Brien will be joined by sommelier Luke Campbell and Torbreck's Mick Dowling as they take a detailed look into the tasting, service and procurement of aged wines.The tasting component will involve several vintages from Australian icons Mount Mary, Curly Flat and...
AUG
07
Warriors of Wine - Sommeliers Australia Long Lunch (VIC)

SAVE THE DATE! Details of this extraordinary lunch to follow......
AUG
12
Bass Phillip Masterclass (VIC)

Wine House is delighted to offer this exclusive masterclass with one of Australia's most prestigious winemakers: Phillip Jones of Bass Phillip. Come to this one off tutored tasting and discover what makes this winery stand above its competitors. Meet the man behind this iconic, award winning winery...
AUG
15
Macedon Ranges Trade Day (VIC)

Presented by Macedon Ranges Wines, this tasting will offer a snap shot of the diversity of producers in this somewhat undiscovered region on Melbourne's door step... Cutting edge and true cool climate production is what the Macedon Ranges are all about. For more information contact Alan Cooper on 0427...
AUG
15
WSET Level 1 (VIC)

Confidence for front line staff One day accredited course. Candidates must book in no later than the 1st of August 2016 This qualification aims to provide basic product knowledge and skills in the service and retail of wine to prepare a person for a job in hospitality or retail. It...
AUG
15
Lorenzo Galli Scholarship - Sydney programme day (NSW)

This year the Lorenzo Galli Fund will host a one day Scholarship programme in both Sydney and Melbourne. The late Lorenzo Galli was inspired to encourage, inform and help educate those in the pursuit of Italian wine knowledge and experience. This spirit is continued today through this Scholarship proudly presented by...
AUG
15
Taste Champagne Trade & Media Event (NSW)

Taste Champagne is Australia's most comprehensive annual champagne tasting event hosted by Tyson Stelzer, International Wine & Spirit Communicator of the Year, in conjunction with BlackEvents. This year Taste Champagne will be showcasing a record 155 cuvées from 49 champagne houses, growers and co-operatives. Full list of cuvées can...
AUG
16
The best of Coonawarra (NSW)

Is cabernet is still fashionable? What is it about Coonawarra that makes it so special? It's time to put everything on the table and talk about it! Join Sommeliers Australia and Balnaves Head Winemaker, Pete Bissel, as we present the best of Connawarra. This is your chance...
AUG
21
ITALIAN WINE+ FOOD FESTIVAL - SYDNEY (NSW)

Italians do it better! Back again in 2016, you'll find over 250 Italian & Italian-centric wines to taste, Italian wine masterclasses, celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, food market, wine garden, live music & our famous Negroni bar.... need any more excuses? Trade tickets available through our website: www.italianwinefoodfestival.com.au...
AUG
22
Taste Champagne Trade & Media Event (VIC)

Taste Champagne is Australia's most comprehensive annual champagne tasting event hosted by Tyson Stelzer, International Wine & Spirit Communicator of the Year, in conjunction with BlackEvents. This year Taste Champagne will be showcasing a record 155 cuvées from 49 champagne houses, growers and co-operatives. Full list of cuvées can...
AUG
22
Great Southern Wine Trade Tasting 2016 (VIC)

One region. Five sub-regions. Ten producers. Many great wines. Does Australia's finest riesling come from the Great Southern? Ever tasted their shiraz, cabernet sauvignon or the distinct blends crafted by some of the most skilled and remarkable wine folk? Do you know about the Great Southern wine region, which celebrated...
AUG
22
Lorenzo Galli Scholarship - Melbourne programme day (VIC)

This year the Lorenzo Galli Fund will host a one day Scholarship programme in both Sydney and Melbourne. The late Lorenzo Galli was inspired to encourage, inform and help educate those in the pursuit of Italian wine knowledge and experience. This spirit is continued today through this Scholarship proudly presented by...
AUG
23
Camino del Vino (NSW)

Prepare your palate for Australia's foremost Spanish and South American trade tasting event. Meet seven visiting producers and experience more than 100 fine wines selected from our portfolio of nearly 70 wineries, including some of the best ever wines produced in their categories. RSPV: customerservice@untappedwines.com...
AUG
25
Camino del Vino (QLD)

Prepare your palate for Australia's foremost Spanish and South American trade tasting event. Meet seven visiting producers and experience more than 100 fine wines selected from our portfolio of nearly 70 wineries, including some of the best ever wines produced in their categories. RSPV: customerservice@untappedwines.com...
AUG
29
WSET Level 2 - 3 day intensive course (VIC)

LOOKING BEHIND THE LABEL INTENSIVE THREE DAY 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...
AUG
29
Taste Champagne Trade & Media Event (QLD)

Taste Champagne is Australia's most comprehensive annual champagne tasting event hosted by Tyson Stelzer, International Wine & Spirit Communicator of the Year, in conjunction with BlackEvents. This year Taste Champagne will be showcasing a record 155 cuvées from 49 champagne houses, growers and co-operatives. Full list of cuvées can...
AUG
30
Camino del Vino (VIC)

Prepare your palate for Australia's foremost Spanish and South American trade tasting event. Meet seven visiting producers and experience more than 100 fine wines selected from our portfolio of nearly 70 wineries, including some of the best ever wines produced in their categories. RSPV: customerservice@untappedwines.com...
SEP
10
2016 Tasting Education Scholarship - Melbourne programme (VIC)

Melbourne programme: 17-19 September Only offered every three years, this 3-day education programme is offered to ensure that the next generation of sommeliers receive the training and support required to successfully advance in the profession. A select few Scholars will have the incredible opportunity to develop their skills in tasting,...
SEP
12
AWRI Taints & Faults Workshops: 9am-12pm or 2-5pm (VIC)

Commissioned by Sommeliers Australia for its members and the local wine industry, the Australian Wine Research Institute Taints and Faults Workshop is an introduction to the sensory evaluation of wine. This half-day course is ideal for people with a passion and desire to learn more about wine – sommeliers, wine...
SEP
17
2016 Tasting Education Scholarship - Sydney programme (NSW)

Sydney programme: 17-19 September Only offered every three years, this 3-day education programme is offered to ensure that the next generation of sommeliers receive the training and support required to successfully advance in the profession. A select few Scholars will have the incredible opportunity to develop their skills in tasting,...
SEP
19
ARWI Taints & Faults Workshops: 9am-12pm or 2-5pm (NSW)

Commissioned by Sommeliers Australia for its members and the local wine industry, the Australian Wine Research Institute Taints and Faults Workshop is an introduction to the sensory evaluation of wine. This half-day course is ideal for people with a passion and desire to learn more about wine – sommeliers, wine...
SEP
19
Melbourne Trade Tasting (VIC)

Join us to taste newly released wines and spirits from Airoldi Fine Wines, L'Atelier and Cerbaco all in one place. This is a great opportunity to look at options for Spring and Summer listings....
SEP
20
Brewstars Bru-Ha **New date** (TAS)

Mix it up with some of Tassie's leading craft brewers. Hear distinctly different philosophies and approaches from inspiring individuals who followed their beer-lovin' hearts. Learn about traditional techniques and innovation from the brew stars themselves. Find out what's in a sour mash or IPA and taste the flavour of their hallmark...
OCT
10
WSET Level 2 - 6 week course (VIC)

LOOKING BEHIND THE LABEL SIX WEEK 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
18
WSET Level 3 - 6 weeks course (VIC)

CANDIDATES SHOULD AIM TO COLLECT THEIR MATERIAL AT LEAST 3 WEEKS IN ADVANCE TO FAMILIARIZE THEMSELVES WITH THE LEVEL 3 CONTENT. PAYMENT IN INSTALMENTS IS AVAILABLE. The Advanced Certificate qualification is designed to give a thorough understanding of the principal wines and spirits of the world, and their commercial...
 

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BREAKING NEWS: 2016 TASTING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP




The Sommeliers Australia Tasting Education Scholarship will again be held this year. Only offered every three years, this 3-day education programme is offered to ensure that the next generation of sommeliers receive the training and support required to successfully advance in the profession. A select few Scholars will have the incredible opportunity to develop their skills in tasting, assessment and articulation, using the best wines from around the world.

In 2016, for the first time, we will be running the Scholarship programme in both Melbourne and Sydney:
• Three intensive days in each city;
• 10 scholars in each city;
• The best wine in the world;
• An impressive list of guest tutors will join key Sommeliers Australia education committee members to deliver this programme;
• Scholars will also take part in an invaluable session of the renowned AWRI Faults and Taints workshop, commissioned specially by Sommeliers Australia.

KEY DATES
29 July Applications close
5 August - Announcement of Scholars for each State
10-12 September – Melbourne 3-day coursework and examination
17-19 September – Sydney 3-day coursework and examination
25 September – State Duxes compete for title of National Dux at the Sommeliers Australia Ball, in Melbourne.

For more information and how to apply, CLICK HERE

2017 'SOMMIT' SCHOLARSHIP - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!




Sommeliers Australia and NZ Winegrowers are proud to launch the 2017 NZ Wine Sommelier Scholarship "Sommit" for Australian sommeliers, providing passionate wine ambassadors the opportunity to take part in a memorable wine experience across the ditch.

About the scholarship
The successful applicants will engage with, and learn from, some of the greatest minds in the business while sampling hundreds of benchmark wines from New Zealand and the rest of the world on an intensive programme of up to 11 days incorporating flagship events on the national calendar. Two "Sommits" will be held in 2017, one in Auckland and one in Wairarapa. Successful applicants will attend one of the "Sommits" and a combination of the additional events:
- The Sommit, Auckland
- The Sommit, Wairarapa
- Aromatics Symposium (Nelson)
- Pinot Noir NZ 2017 (Wellington)
- The Classics: Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Symposium (Hawke's Bay)


To apply
Open to working members of Sommeliers Australia, ten scholarships will be awarded and include international and domestic flights, accommodation, meals, transfers, event registration and all event inclusions.

Candidates are expected to have a strong passion for the wine industry and a thirst for knowledge of New Zealand wine. A selection committee will review all applications with a shortlist of candidates invited to take part in an interview.

Applications close 25 July 2016.

For any queries with regards to the scholarship, please contact the New Zealand Winegrowers Manager – Australia at catherine.wansink@nzwine.com

CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

Conditions
Applicants must be:
- Current financial members of Sommeliers Australia
- Actively working in the hospitality industry
- WSET Level 2 or above, or have demonstrable equivalent industry experience
- Available for travel from the 24th January to the 9th Feb 2017 to have an amazing New Zealand wine immersion.


LORENZO GALLI SCHOLARSHIP - APPLICATIONS CLOSED


Sydney - Monday 15 August
Melbourne - Monday 22 August


This year the Lorenzo Galli Fund will host a one day Scholarship programme in both Sydney and Melbourne. The late Lorenzo Galli was inspired to encourage, inform and help educate those in the pursuit of Italian wine knowledge and experience. This spirit is continued today through this Scholarship proudly presented by Sommeliers Australia, with thanks to Lorenzo's wife Pamela Galli.

An outstanding number of applications for both Sydney and Melbourne have been received, and are now being assessed. Applicants will be advised no later than Friday 22 July of their acceptance.

Best of luck to all applicants!

THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE


See who is on the current National Committee

DETAILS

Competition, Symposium & Scholarship Dates for 2016


Click Here for all the dates of the Sommeliers Australia competitions and education events.

2016 Ruinart Sommeliers' Challenge

Lorenzo Galli Scholarship

"Sommit" New Zealand Scholarship


plus details for the following:

Pontifex Scholarship

Court of Master Sommeliers

La Chaine des Rotissuers Young Sommelier Competition

Vin De Champagne Awards

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