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NOV
03


Biodynamics de-mystified (TAS)

NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FOR EVENT- BUY YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE! What's all the hoopla about Biodynamics? Get the facts and try some of the best international examples of biodynamic wines alongside local Tassie styles. This session explores the relationship between the farmer, their vines and...
NOV
06
WCA GREAT DEBATE IN ADELAIDE! (SA)

It's time for Adelaide to join the WCA Great Debate! For several years now, Sydney has hosted the annual WCA Great Debate - arguing about wine laws, wine lists and various other wine controversies… but seriously what would those Sydney people know about wine? So we've decided to bring...
NOV
07
AAVWS Talk and Taste -The Ancient in Modernity (VIC)

Session One Georgia On My Mind Georgia is one of the world's oldest wine producing countries, home to an astonishing array of indigenous varieties and the traditional winemaking technique using qvevri – egg-shaped earthenware vessels. The qvevri winemaking method is so significant culturally and historically it is on the...
NOV
10
What's New Brisbane Tasting - November (QLD)

What's New is a tasting concept developed by a group of likeminded importers and distributors. The group bringing What's New to you are Enoteca Sydney, Vinous Solutions and world wine estates. We aim to hold tastings at different venues throughout the year where you can fast track your palates to...
NOV
10
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 (Spirits) (VIC)

This qualification provides a basic introduction to the main categories of spirits to staff involved in the service or sale of spirits. The course is also suitable for the keen enthusiast wanting to learn in a structured manner. Practical tasting is a major part of the course. LEARNING OUTCOMES INCLUDE:...
NOV
12
A Sparkling Experience (WA)

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE! Join Paul McArdle and the WA Somms Australia gang as they adventure through several styles of sparkling- from some up-and-coming New World heroes, through Italy and Spain and, ultimately, to the exciting wares of several grower-producers in Champagne and beyond....
NOV
14
Bass Phillip Masterclass (VIC)

Meet the man behind this iconic, award winning winery as he illustrates the expression of terroir and vintage variation in his wines. The cost of this evening is $85 which includes a chance to taste through the Bass Phillip 2012 range with tuition from the man himself. Gourmet bites will be...
NOV
15
La Dolce Vita Wine and Food Festival, King Valley - 15 & 16 November 2014 (VIC)

The King Valley's spring festival, La Dolce Vita, November 15 -16, showcases the innovative wine styles the region has become known for, the foods that many of the generation have grown up on and the honest and generous hospitality that the family owned businesses of the King Valley pride themselves on...
NOV
17
Chardonnay Challenge Best In Region Tasting (NSW)

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE! A rare chance to secure a seat at the Sommeliers Australia communal table and participate in a moderated discussion and analysis of Chardonnay terroirs and stylistic variation in Australia, looking specifically at the Best in Region wines, along with the Trophy...
NOV
20
BYO + Beaujolais Dinner (VIC)

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR SEATS NOW VIA EVENTBRITE! Buns, Beaujolais and BYO- what more do you need for a kickarse late night supper?! Embrace the spirit of the Third Thursday in November with a Melbournian twist! As 2014 draws rapidly to a close you're invited to...
NOV
23
River and Ranges Winery Ride (VIC)

The ORICA GreenEDGE cycling team are coming to Nagambie and you can ride right alongside them. You can choose from three courses; 138km, 48km and the 24km short course. There is also an 8km course for kids! All courses depart from the iconic Mitchelton Winery. Each route has been designed...
NOV
23
Victoria Wine Show (VIC)

The Victoria Wines Show is the perfect place to taste the finest quality wines that Victoria has to offer, hand selected by industry professionals that produce them. The public tasting event will be held on site at Mitchelton Wines alongside the popular River and Ranges Winery Ride, when cycling enthusiasts have...
NOV
24
A Taste of French Terroirs (NSW)

The French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Sopexa take great pleasure in inviting you to the Wine Trade Tasting: A Taste of French Terroirs This trade-only event will give you the opportunity to sample a fine selection of wines from various French regions and terroirs, and meet with the...
NOV
25
A Taste of French Terroirs (VIC)

The French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Sopexa take great pleasure in inviting you to the Wine Trade Tasting: A Taste of French Terroirs. This trade-only event will give you the opportunity to sample a fine selection of wines from various French regions and terroirs, and meet with the...
NOV
27
2014 Concours des Vins de Victoria (VIC)

The French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry proudly presents the Air Liquide 2014 Concours des Vins de Victoria, a celebration and recognition of the diversity and quality of Victorian wines and 'terroirs'. The Concours des Vins de Victoria has ripened over a period of 24 years since its inception in...
DEC
04
Summer Flavour Exchange (VIC)

Start your endless summer with Victoria's greatest collection of boutique beers, small batch ciders, sparkling white wines and dairy fresh cheeses. Back again after a massive Spring, Flavour Exchange is preparing for the biggest event yet. Over fifty stalls will pack out Fed Square so you can try the...
DEC
05
Summer Flavour Exchange (VIC)

Start your endless summer with Victoria's greatest collection of boutique beers, small batch ciders, sparkling white wines and dairy fresh cheeses. Back again after a massive Spring, Flavour Exchange is preparing for the biggest event yet. Over fifty stalls will pack out Fed Square so you can try the...
FEB
02
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 (Spirits) (VIC)

This Seven week WSET accredited course is the industry qualification for anyone working in the Spirits retail or hospitality industry. The course is also suitable for the keen enthusiast wanting to learn in a structured manner. The course covers the spirits of the world in depth with tasting examples part of...
FEB
03
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 28th of January 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...
FEB
06
Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration / February 6-7 (VIC)

The 2015 Celebration will be held at RACV Cape Schanck once again, on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th February 2015. Two days of tasting Pinot Noir as well as lunches and Dinners at various wineries, and a program of activities will be offered in the days pre and post Celebration for...
FEB
10
Pinot Noir Benchmarking (TAS)

HOLD THE DATE! Event details TBC...
FEB
17
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...
MAR
03
Craft Brews (TAS)

HOLD THE DATE!...
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......
 

What's News

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.

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!

Competition & Scholarship Dates for 2014


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for all the dates of the Sommeliers Australia

Best Sommelier Competition

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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