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FEB
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Splendour in the Glass! (VIC)

Embrace 2016 with Splendour in the Glass! It's time to kick off the year - catch up with wine-minded friends, regroup after the madness of the silly season, get to know what's coming up and meet the people who are in and around the association. Join Sommeliers Australia at...
FEB
08
Exclusive Portfolio Tasting Italian Wine Importers and Global Grapevine (VIC)

Vertical Tastings of Brunello and Amphora Fiano 100 plus wines from Italy, France and Spain....
FEB
11
Women in Wine: World Class Chilean Cool Climate (VIC)

We are delighted to introduce you to the first in a series of 2016 Women in Wine Group events, and invite you, your colleagues and friends to join us. Our first event welcomes Maria Luz Marín of Chile's Casa Marín to Australia, who joins us direct from speaking at the...
FEB
17
WINE ON WEDNESDAYS - Sauvignon Blanc Tasting (VIC)

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular wines in the world. France is the largest producer of Sauvignon Blanc, it's New Zealand's most planted grape, and you'll also find it in Chile, USA, South Africa, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria and Australia. It can be made anaerobically in stainless steel to...
FEB
20
Sparkling & Champagne Showcase (VIC)

This afternoon of indulgence includes a tutored tasting of 7 of our very favourite Champagne and Sparkling wines from around the world. Learn about Champagne Houses / Prosecco / Cava and Cremant. On Tasting: Deviation Road Beltana 2009 Adami Prosecco Garbel Brut NV Egly Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition NV...
FEB
24
WINE ON WEDNESDAYS - Grenache Wine Tasting (VIC)

Grenache is often over-looked but just as important as Cabernet Sauvignon. Did you know Grenache is responsible for some of the most delicious and expensive wines in the world from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, California, Spain and Italy? Easy to spot in a blind tasting if you know what to look for – red...
FEB
27
Best's 150th Anniversary Masterclass (VIC)

Join Winemaker Justin Purser and owner Viv Thompson at this very special Best's winery 150th Anniversary Masterclass. Your two hosts will take you through a tasting of 10 of the very best of Best's iconic range of wines including the much anticipated new release of the Thompson Family Shiraz 2014 along...
FEB
29
NATIONAL - 2016 Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge (NSW)

We're looking for the stars amongst the shining ranks of Australia's sommeliers to test their skills in the 2016 Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge. Today the 30 selected finalists will attend the Sommeliers Challenge in Sydney, and will partake in a blind tasting of four wines and technical training by Panaïotis....
MAR
01
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 (VIC)

7 week course inc exam Level 3 course dates: Tuesday & Wednesday evenings from 1st March to 6th April It is recommended candidates complete L2 prior to commencing. PAYMENT IN INSTALMENT AVAILABLE Candidates should aim to collect their material at least 3 weeks in advance to familiarize themselves with the...
MAR
01
WSET Exam Preparation - Practical Tasting (VIC)

Gain valuable WSET Level 3+ tasting exposure at this practical tasting, guided by Sommeliers Australia committee member and WSET Educator, Sarah Andrew. Please note: While aimed at current WSET Level 3 students, WSET students from all levels are welcome to attend. COST: $25 Sommeliers Australia members ONLY RSVP essential:...
MAR
09
Wine on Wednesdays - Shiraz Wine Tasting (VIC)

Shiraz or Syrah? Come and explore these genetically identical grape varieties producing wines from New World style flashy fruit bombs to lean Old World 'sophisticates'. What's not to love about these bold, full-bodied wines packed with plum, berry, spice and chocolate? Expand your knowledge and extend your appreciation for wine...
MAR
16
Wine Wednesdays - Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio Wine Tasting (VIC)

Do you ever wonder why some wine bottles say Pinot Gris and others Pinot Grigio? Is there a difference? And should you prefer one to the other? Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are in fact the exact same grape variety. It is a white grape, with a grayish / brownish...
MAR
21
WSET Exam Preparation - Practical Tasting (VIC)

Gain valuable WSET Level 3+ tasting exposure at this practical tasting, guided by Sommeliers Australia committee member and WSET Educator, Josh Elias. Please note: While aimed at current WSET Level 3 students, WSET students from all levels are welcome to attend. COST: $25 - Sommeliers Australia members ONLY RSVP...
MAR
23
WINE ON WEDNESDAYS - Sparkling Wine Special Tasting (VIC)

There are 5 different ways to make sparkling wine and over 100 different styles produced all over the world. In this exploration of bubbles from around the globe, we will compare the difference in sparkling wine flavour profiles from different regions and production methods. From Cava to Champagne, old to new...
MAR
30
WINE ON WEDNESDAYS - Cabernet Sauvignon (VIC)

Cabernet Sauvignon is the world's most planted grape. In cooler climate old world locations the wines can be subtle with herbal and floral flavours and hints of black cherry. In warm weather and parts of the new world, you'll find more fruit, body and higher alcohol level. A complex and layered...
APR
04
WSET Level 1 (VIC)

Confidence for front line staff One day accredited course. Candidates must book in no later than the 18th of March 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....
APR
04
World Malbec Day: a tasting (VIC)

Celebrate the wonder that is Malbec with Sommeliers Australia! Join our passionate panel as they explore a selection of Malbec wines sourced from across the globe. **Ticketing and further details will be made available shortly.**...
APR
11
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 (VIC)

Starts 11th April 2015. Intensive three day 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...
APR
26
WSET Level 3 Intensive (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...
APR
30
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: Sommeliers Australia members RSVP essential: via Eventbrite **Cost and RSVP details will be made available shortly.** Please contact info@sommeliers.com.au prior to RSVPing, if you are unsure...
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...
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 & 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...
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: Sommeliers Australia members RSVP essential: via Eventbrite **Cost and RSVP details will be made available shortly.** Please contact info@sommeliers.com.au prior to RSVPing, if you are...
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.sydneyitalianwinefood.com.au...
 

What's News

2016 Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge




We're looking for the stars amongst the shining ranks of Australia's sommeliers to test their skills in the 2016 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, Frederic Panaïotis.

Entry is open from 20 November 2015 to 5 February 2016.

30 finalists will be chosen to attend the Sommeliers Challenge in Sydney on Monday 29 February 2016. Finalists will partake in a blind tasting of four wines and technical training by Panaïotis.

Click here for more info

Click here to enter

Results of Sommeliers Australia AGM - 23 Nov.2015


The votes are in! Click here to meet our National Executive Committee for 2016.

Banjo Harris Plane – 3rd at ASI Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania




4-7 November 2015: This year the ASI Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania Competition was hosted in Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Sommeliers Association-China.

During the two day contest, eighteen candidates representing ten countries from across the region impressed the judges with their knowledge and service technique.

Battling it out in front of an audience of 250+, in a competition conducted entirely in French, our own Banjo Harris Plane was awarded a very respectable 3rd place, following Ho Pong Wallace (China) in second place and winner Hiroshi Ishida (Japan).

Congratulations Banjo!

THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE


See who is on the current National Committee

DETAILS

Congratulations NZ Winegrowers "Sommit" Scholars!




Just announced are the nine sommeliers who will participate in the inaugural "Sommit" Scholarship, held in New Zealand from 30 January to 6 February 2016.

From the very high calibre of applications received from across the nation, it was a difficult decision to select the final nine. Our congratulations go to the following successful sommeliers:

Jared Hill The European & City Wine Shop
Liam O'Brien Cutler & Co
Leanne Altmann Supernormal
Matthew Lamb formerly of Vue de Monde
Vicki Brewer Rockpool Bar & Grill
Pip Anderson Merivale
Amanda Yallop Quay Restaurant
David Stevens-Castro InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort
Sarah Hagan The Long Apron Restaurant at Spicers Clovelly Estate

The scholars will engage with and learn from some of the great minds in the New Zealand wine business during an intensive seven-day programme, incorporating flagship events on the New Zealand wine industry's national calendar.

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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