2015 Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge
Are you an elite sommelier?
We're looking for the stars amongst the shining ranks of Australia's sommeliers to test their skills in the 2015 Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge.
Enter now for a chance to win a business class trip to Champagne to undertake exclusive training with the Ruinart Chef de Caves, Frédéric Panaïotis.
All entrants need to be actively working in an Australian on-premise venue in a sommelier role or in a wine service team and will need to answer 5 champagne related questions on the application form.
If you are selected to attend the final round on March 23rd 2015, you will be flown to Melbourne to compete against 30 of the most talented sommeliers in Australia.
The challenge will involve a blind tasting of 4 wines in 40 minutes and a technical lecture by Panaiotis, followed by an exclusive Ruinart lunch.
The judging panel will decide on 1 winner who will be awarded the trip to Champagne, to be announced on 26th March 2015. How to apply?
Entry is open to Working Members of Sommeliers Australia.
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Already a member? Click here to apply! Applications are open from January 27th until March 6th 2015.
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.
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
for all the dates of the Sommeliers Australia Sommeliers Australia 2015 National Symposium2015 Ruinart Sommeliers' ChallengeLorenzo Galli Scholarship
plus dates for
Court of Master Sommeliers
La Chaine des Rotissuers Young Sommelier Comp
Vin De Champagne Awards
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