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JUN
02




Masterclass and tasting with Marc Darroze (Armagnac Darroze) (NSW)

Please be our guest for this special event, presented by Marc Darroze, owner of Armagnac Darroze. Marc will go through what is so special about his company, the amazing diversity of their Armagnac Collection (50 different Domaines or Chateaux), and what makes "Grand Bas Armagnac" unique against plain Armagnac....
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
06
On Fire – The Great Growers of the Languedoc-Roussillon Tasting (NSW)

The Languedoc-Roussillon is one of France's most significant regions representing one third of France's wine production. It covers a massive area: spanning from Nîmes in the department of The Gard, following the Mediterranean coastline south west, all the way down the Spanish border; all extending far inland. In the past, it...
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
15
Chithot Chardonnay (WA)

Join Sommeliers Australia and wine educator Maurice Hovens as they take a look at some chithotChardonnays from Australia and France. Take part in the discussion about what makes a chardy ----hot! Expect exceptional examples from Margaret River, Adelaide Hills, Yarra Valley, Geelong, Meursault, Montagny, Languedoc... Cost: Sommeliers Australia members...
JUN
20
New Wines of Greece Trade Tasting and Masterclasses (NSW)

Following the huge success of their 2015 visit to Australia, the finest contingent of winemakers and educators from the world's oldest growing region are making their second pilgrimage to our shores. Showcasing innovative styles and native varietals, 2o wineries will visit Sydney on 20 June to host a range of...
JUN
21
Walk On The Wine Side (NSW)

Sydney's Largest Trade Tasting - over 350 Australian and International Wines and Spirits...
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
22
Sommelier 101: Aged Australian Icons (VIC)

What happens as wine ages? Sommeliers Australia's Liam O'Brien will be joined by sommelier Luke Campbell and Torbreck's Mick Dowling as they take a detailed look into the tasting, service and procurement of aged wines.The tasting component will involve several vintages from Australian icons Mount Mary, Curly Flat and...
JUN
23
New Wines of Greece Trade Tasting & Masterclasses (VIC)

Following the huge success of their 2015 visit to Australia, the finest contingent of winemakers and educators from the world's oldest growing region are making their second pilgrimage to our shores. Showcasing innovative styles and native varietals, 20 wineries will visit Melbourne on 23 June to host a range of...
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...
JUN
28
Journey through Champagne: a masterclass (VIC)

Do you want to to be led on a journey through Champagne? Then this Members Only masterclass is for you… Previous Vin de Champagne winners Kate McIntyre MW and Wiremu Andrews, the Champagne Bureau and Sommeliers Australia have joined forces to lead members through the landscape of Champagne in...
JUL
04
WSET Level 1 (VIC)

Confidence for front line staff. One day accredited course. Candidates must book in no later than the20th of June 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. It is...
JUL
04
NZ Wine Pure Discovery Workshop - Brisbane (QLD)

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....
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...
JUL
18
Vino Aperto Italian Trade Day (NSW)

Enoteca Sileno, Godot Wines & Twelve Bottles are back again for another Vino Aperto Trade Day! Free entry for all Trade, pre-registration details to follow....
JUL
18
Behind Barossa (TAS)

Join Lynette Collins of Rockford wines in pulling back the curtain to discover what's behind the Barossa. Share her insight on the patchwork of site and soil that gives unique character to a Valley that is home to over 500 small independent grape growers, many of them fifth generation farmers....
AUG
01
WSET Level 3 Award in Sake (NSW)

A 4 day intensive course on Sake with Australia's leading Sake educator Yukino Ochiai covering all aspects of the production and styles. A comprehensive range of Sake will be tasted and evaluated. At the end of the course candidates will sit for the WSET Level 3 Award in Sake....
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
02
Journey through Champagne: a masterclass (NSW)

Do you want to to be led on a journey through Champagne? Then this Members Only masterclass is for you… Previous Vin de Champagne winner Annette Lacey, Sommeliers Australia's Amanda Yallop and the Champagne Bureau have joined forces to lead members through the landscape of Champagne in all of its...
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

15th A.S.I. Best Sommelier of the World: results


Held in Mendoza, Argentina, the first day of the A.S.I. Best Sommelier of the World competition saw 60 sommeliers from all over the world gathered to compete for the highest title in sommellerie.

The following day, only 15 remained to go to the semi-final. Then, on Tuesday 19 April, the three finalists of the were announced: Julie Dupouy (Ireland), David Biraud (France) and Jon Arvid Rosengren (Sweden) who went on to win the world title.

Our own Banjo Harris Plane put up an exemplary fight and came away from Mendoza well within the top 50%, placed at number 24 amongst a strong international line-up. Well done Banjo!

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

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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