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MAY
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Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 (VIC)

Starts 1oth May 2016. Six week accredited course. No prior learning necessary. Looking Behind the Label 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...
MAY
16
Vinosphere 2016 (NSW)

SAVE THE DATE - Vinosphere is on again. Details to follow in the coming months...
MAY
17
Introduction to Show Judging (VIC)

"Wine Shows; it doesn't matter if you love them or hate them, nonetheless they are an integral part of our industry and a great training ground for wine assessment.' This is a practical look at the show system where there will be two 'Classes' of wine to be assessed in...
MAY
17
Trending (TAS)

A tasting and open discussion with top Sydney sommelier Pip Anderson (Merivale) and Lou Radman on what's inspiring us right now. Taste some of the wines that are driving excitement around the country. What are people drinking and where are we taking our customer's palates? How are we encouraging diners to...
MAY
24
Beechworth comes to town! Trade & Media tasting (VIC)

Join Beechworth Vignerons Association when they hit town for their inaugural TRADE & MEDIA ONLY tasting. Experience the diversity of the region in one room, as all producers will be on show. Please CLICK HERE to RSVP via Eventbrite. RSVPs will be taken until 5pm on Monday...
MAY
28
WSET Level 1 (VIC)

Confidence for front line staff One day accredited course. Candidates must book in no later than the 14th of May 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....
MAY
29
ITALIAN WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL - MELBOURNE (VIC)

Italians do it better! Coming to Melbourne for the first time in 2016! You'll find over 200 Italian and Italian-centric wines to taste, Italian wine masterclasses, celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, food market, wine garden, live music and our famous Negroni bar.... need any more excuses? Trade tickets available through our...
MAY
30
NZ Wine Pure Discovery Workshop - Melbourne (VIC)

New Zealand Winegrowers hosted nine Australian sommeliers in New Zealand from late January through to the first week of February, 2016. The experience included the North Canterbury Forage, the inaugural NZ Sommelier Summit, Sommit, the International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration, the Wine Flight and the Chardonnay and Sparkling Symposium....
JUN
03
First Families of wine Masterclass (VIC)

Join us for a fantastic tasting and discussion event showcasing the First Family of Wines. Presented by Bruce Tyrrell from Tyrrells wines and Alister Purbrick from Tahbilk wines, the Masterclass takes place on Friday the 3rd of June 6:30pm - 8:30pm in the Wine House Tasting Room. The cost...
JUN
04
Court of Master Sommeliers exam preparation (VIC)

Gain valuable knowledge during this CMS exam preparation session, led by Sommeliers Australia committee member and CMS Advanced graduate Mark Protheroe. COST: $50 Sommeliers Australia members CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket via Eventbrite Please contact info@sommeliers.com.au prior to RSVPing, if you are unsure of your...
JUN
08
Piedmont Masterclass (NSW)

Sommeliers Australia will be joined by presenters from three distinguished Piedmontese producers - Braida, Produttori del Barbaresco, Renato Ratti - to present this in-depth view of the regions great varieties: dolcetto, barbera, nebbiolo. COST: Sommeliers Australia members - $50 + booking fee Non-members - $70 + booking fee **If you are unsure of...
JUN
21
Brewstars Bru-Ha (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...
JUN
27
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Intensive (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...
JUL
04
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...
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
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...
 

What's News

Entries now open for 2016 Vin de Champagne Awards


The Vin de Champagne Award not only aims to celebrate and encourage the enjoyment of Champagne in Australia, it also seeks to develop a network of Champagne specialists to act as Ambassadors of the Champagne Appellation and the wine.

The Award invites candidates to apply in one of two categories: Professional (for people who gain an income working in the food and wine industry) and Amateur, for those experienced tasters who have a passion for Champagne.

Entrants are required to answer questions about Champagne's history, viticulture and wine-making, and are expected to display knowledge of the organization of the Champagne industry. State finalists are flown to Sydney where a panel of experts judges the finalists' skills in a blind tasting.

The grand prize for the two winners is a two-week educational tour through Champagne where they are presented with their medal by the Comité Champagne and enjoy the illustrious Champenois hospitality.

Entries open 11 April to 8 July.

Entry forms can be downloaded from www.champagne.com.au

For more information, please contact Elisabeth Drysdale, Director of Champagne Bureau, Australia ph.02 9555 8891 or elisabeth@drysdalecommunications.com.au

The inaugural NZ Sommit, February 2016




In early February, NZ Winegrowers hosted 9 Australian sommeliers in New Zealand, where the group's experience included the North Canterbury Forage, the inaugural NZ Sommelier Summit, Sommit, the inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration, the Wine Flight and the Chardonnay and Sparkling Symposium.

The Sommit session hosted by Kiwi sommeliers, Cameron Douglas MS and Stephen Wong (now a MW), covered lesser known topics of NZ wine such as Geriatric Riesling, Teeny Tiny Plantings, Natural and Orange and Cam and Stephen's All Time Faves.

The group then attended The International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration, Sauvignon 16, a 3-day conference celebrating all that is wonderful about Sauvignon Blanc and exploring the styles and regions beyond the well-known Marlborough Savvy B.

A specially chartered NZ Wine Flight transported the group to Gisborne for the Chardonnay and Sparkling Symposium. Whilst flying over the wine regions of Marlborough, Nelson, Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay and Gisborne, wine and culinary delights of the regions below were served.

Watch this space for upcoming NZ Wine Pure Discovery workshops (Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane) where the Sommit 2016 sommeliers will share some of their insights and favourite wines. Details on applying for next year's Sommit, will be also be posted here soon!

Filippo L'Episcopo wins 2016 Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge!




Ruinart, together with Sommeliers Australia, is excited to announce the winner of the 2016 Australian Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge, Filippo L'Episcopo of the Park Hyatt, Sydney.

The Challenge Day, hosted by Frédéric Panaïotis, focused specifically on chardonnay. The finalists took part in a blind tasting of four chardonnays and technical training by Panaïotis.

Filippo will receive a return business class trip to France, where he will join international Sommeliers Challenge winners in Champagne to undertake further training with the Ruinart Chef de Caves.

CMS: Registrations now open!


Registrations have now opened for the 2016 Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory and Certified accreditation programme, to be offered in Sydney and Melbourne this June 2016.

Sydney: ivy Sunroom (330 George St Sydney)
Intro Course and Exam: Wed 8 June - Fri 10 June
Certified Exam: Fri 10 June

Melbourne: InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto (495 Collins St Melbourne)
Intro Course and Exam: Sun 12 June - Tues 14 June
Certified Exam: Tues 14 June

For further information please contact:
Franck Moreau MS - Court of Master Sommeliers Oceania Courses
at cmsaustralia14@gmail.com

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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