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WCA 2015 PLONK LECTURES / PLONK ON THE ROAD (SA)

WCA and the creative team behind the satirical wine series Plonk are teaming up for an Annual Lecture series, like no other. It's time to view ourselves - the wine industry and its many dedicated wine swirlers and sniffers -through the adoring, funny and irreverent eyes and minds of the Plonk...
APR
22
WCA 2015 PLONK LECTURES / PLONK ON THE ROAD (VIC)

WCA and the creative team behind the satirical wine series Plonk are teaming up for an Annual Lecture series, like no other. It's time to view ourselves - the wine industry and its many dedicated wine swirlers and sniffers -through the adoring, funny and irreverent eyes and minds of the Plonk...
APR
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WCA 2015 PLONK LECTURES (NSW)

WCA and the creative team behind the satirical wine series Plonk are teaming up for an Annual Lecture series, like no other. It's time to view ourselves - the wine industry and its many dedicated wine swirlers and sniffers -through the adoring, funny and irreverent eyes and minds of the Plonk...
APR
28
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...
MAY
04
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 (VIC)

Confidence for front line staff. One day accredited course. Candidates must book in no later than the 17th of April 2015 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 is...
MAY
04
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 (VIC)

Confidence for front line staff. One day accredited course. Candidates must book in no later than the 17th of April 2015 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 is...
MAY
06
The 2015 Great Tasmanian Wine Dinner (NSW)

You are invited to enjoy a four-course dinner in one of Sydney's greatest restaurants, Quay, while savouring a rare selection of wines from 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...
MAY
18
Vinosphere 2015 (NSW)

Vinosphere is again brought to you by three of Sydney's most progressive importers and distributors – Enoteca Sydney, Vinous Solutions and Vintage & Vine. Each year we invite a number of guest importers, distributors and producers, and this year we have both Clonakilla and Giaconda joining us pouring their wines along...
MAY
21
Gaja Masterclass (NSW)

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR SEAT VIA EVENTBRITE! The name Gaja needs no introduction to lovers of Italian wine. Founded in 1859 by Giovanni Gaja the estate is today run by his great-grandson, Angelo Gaja with his daughters Gaia and Rossana playing a major role in the business. Angelo...
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......
MAY
23
Tassie Tastebud Adventure Tour - 4 nights (NSW)

By popular demand... Matt and Andy are on the road to Tasmania again... Join in all the fun and adventure with a choice of two dates and a very special offer for bookings made before March 31st 2015 :- a voucher for $50 per person at Twine, Verandah or The Deck...
MAY
26
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 (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 study...
MAY
26
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 (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...
MAY
30
Wine Australia A+ Level 2 (VIC)

This one day course is the official Australian Grape and Wine Authority (formerly 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...
MAY
30
Wine Australia A+ Level 2 (VIC)

This one day course is the official Australian Grape and Wine Authority (formerly 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...
JUL
08
Court of Master Sommeliers / Introductory Certification (Weds 8th - Fri 10th July) (NSW)

The Court of Master Sommeliers returns to Sydney in July 2015 to offer its internationally recognised qualification programme for Sommeliers. For the first time ever, The Court of Master Sommeliers will also be offering the Advanced certification in Australia for eligible candidates. About the Court of Master Sommeliers The Court...
JUL
10
Court of Master Sommeliers / Certified Qualification (NSW)

The Court of Master Sommeliers returns to Sydney in July 2015 to offer its internationally recognised qualification programme for Sommeliers. For the first time ever, The Court of Master Sommeliers will also be offering the Advanced certification in Australia for eligible candidates. About the Court of Master Sommeliers The Court...
JUL
12
Court of Master Sommeliers / Advanced Certification (Sun 12th - Thurs 16th July) (NSW)

The Court of Master Sommeliers returns to Sydney in July 2015 to offer its internationally recognised qualification programme for Sommeliers. For the first time ever, The Court of Master Sommeliers will also be offering the Advanced certification in Australia for eligible candidates. About the Court of Master Sommeliers The Court...
AUG
30
Sydney Italian Wine + Food Festival (NSW)

Everything that's good about eating and drinking in Italy comes together under one roof this August as the Sydney Italian Food + Wine Festival returns to Sydney Town Hall. Proudly presented by Smeg, the festival is all about celebrating eating, drinking and culture together in inimitable Italian style. With 300 wines,...
SEP
14
Samuel Smith & Son and Negociants Australia New Release Tasting (QLD)

A combined Portfolio New Release Tastings for the Trade held nationally every 2 years in September. It is a forum where winemakers and wineries present new release wines and tell their story direct to the people that present their wines to the public for sale; be that via restaurant, bottle shop,...
SEP
15
Samuel Smith & Son and Negociants Australia New Release Tasting (NSW)

A combined Portfolio New Release Tastings for the Trade held nationally every 2 years in September. It is a forum where winemakers and wineries present new release wines and tell their story direct to the people that present their wines to the public for sale; be that via restaurant, bottle shop,...
SEP
16
Samuel Smith & Son and Negociants Australia New Release Tasting (VIC)

A combined Portfolio New Release Tastings for the Trade held nationally every 2 years in September. It is a forum where winemakers and wineries present new release wines and tell their story direct to the people that present their wines to the public for sale; be that via restaurant, bottle shop,...
SEP
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Samuel Smith & Son and Negociants Australia New Release Tasting (SA)

A combined Portfolio New Release Tastings for the Trade held nationally every 2 years in September. It is a forum where winemakers and wineries present new release wines and tell their story direct to the people that present their wines to the public for sale; be that via restaurant, bottle shop,...
SEP
21
Samuel Smith & Son and Negociants Australia New Release Tasting (WA)

A combined Portfolio New Release Tastings for the Trade held nationally every 2 years in September. It is a forum where winemakers and wineries present new release wines and tell their story direct to the people that present their wines to the public for sale; be that via restaurant, bottle shop,...
 

What's News

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 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.

Competition, Symposium & Scholarship Dates for 2015


Click Here for all the dates of the Sommeliers Australia

Sommeliers Australia 2015 National Symposium

2015 Ruinart Sommeliers' Challenge

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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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!

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