Adrian Filiuta Wins 2015 Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge!
Champagne Ruinart together with Sommeliers Australia are excited to announce the winner or the 2015 Australian Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge, Adrian Filiuta of Felix Bistro in Sydney.
Champagne Ruinart is dedicated to supporting the ongoing development of Australian sommeliers and the competition was open to all 'Working Members' of Sommeliers Australia. Finalists from around the country were chosen from an outstanding field of applicants, with 31 competitors attending the Sommeliers Challenge day, which was held at The Point and hosted by Ruinart Chef de Caves, Frédéric Panaïotis on Monday 23rd March.
The 2015 Sommeliers Challenge focused specifically on sparkling wine. The finalists took part in a blind tasting of four sparkling wines and technical training by Panaïotis..
The judging panel was made up of Joshua Elias, Editor in Chief, Alquimie Magazine, Amanda Yallop, Sommeliers Australia Representative, Leanne Altmann, the 2014 Sommeliers Challenge Winner and Panaïotis – their job made all the more difficult by the extremely high calibre of sommeliers in the room. Based upon their answers to the blind tasting, the panel chose three runners up; John Mackinnon of Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, Tessa Murray of Supernormal, Melbourne and Tom Brushfield of Peter Rowland Catering, Melbourne.
Adrian will receive a return business class trip to France in July where he will join Sommeliers Challenge winners from the US & Hong Kong in Champagne to undertake further training with the Ruinart Chef de Caves.
Frédéric Panaïotis says: 'I'm very impressed by the talent of the Australian sommeliers who participated in the Sommeliers Challenge and am excited to be supporting the development of this community together with Sommeliers Australia. I'm looking forward to welcoming Adrian Filiuta to France to be a part of Ruinart's International Sommeliers Program.'
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 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.
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2014 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 2014 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 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.
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