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The 2015 Great Tasmanian Wine Dinner (NSW)

You are invited to enjoy a four-course dinner in one of Sydney's greatest restaurants, Quay, while savouring a rare selection of wines from some of Tasmania's most exciting and revered vineyards and cellars - to be served by 10 of Sydney's finest sommeliers - in support of Sommeliers Australia Education Programs...
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SYDNEY ITALIAN WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL (NSW)

Everything that's good about eating and drinking in Italy comes together under one roof this August as the Sydney Italian Food + Wine Festival returns to Sydney Town Hall. Proudly presented by Smeg, the festival is all about celebrating eating, drinking and culture together in inimitable Italian style. With 300 wines,...
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SYDNEY ITALIAN WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL 'TOUR D'ITALIA' DINNER (NSW)

Celebrate Italian wine and food with the celebrity chefs of CIRA cooking and Sydney's top sommeliers selecting matching wine. #italiansdoitbetter www.sydneyitalianwinefood.com.au...
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Australia Trade Tasting - Melbourne (VIC)

You are invited to Australia Trade Tasting Melbourne, an annual trade event showcasing exciting wines, beers and spirits from all over the world to Australian importers, distributors, retailers and press. Get your free visitor's pass and save $25 by booking online: australiatradetasting.com/invite For more information about...
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Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 (VIC)

The Advanced Certificate qualification is designed to give a thorough understanding of the principal wines and spirits of the world, and their commercial importance in the world's liquor market. The qualification will assist those who are required to make professional evaluations of wines and spirits, with regard to their commercial...
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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...
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How to kill five birds with one stone: combined import tasting (VIC)

Or perhaps five blokes ... join Eurocentric, Felixir, Francaboutwine, Lo-Fi and Wine List Imports to see a host of new Australian wines and imports from France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Spain and New Zealand. Trade only. We're positive you will find everything you need to pep up your wine...
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Australia Trade Tasting - Australia Market Educational Conference (VIC)

Learn from some of the most influential professionals in the beverage industry at the Australia Trade Tasting Educational Conference on 1-2 September, 2015. The Educational Conference is a full day experience that brings together hundreds of beverage professionals in Melbourne. List of speakers and topics covered: australiatradetasting.com/en/schedule/#melbourne-sept-1...
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02
Australia Trade Tasting - US Export Focus Educational Conference (VIC)

Learn from some of the most influential professionals in the beverage industry at the Australia Trade Tasting Educational Conference on 1-2 September, 2015. The US Export Focus Educational Conference is a full day experience that brings together hundreds of beverage professionals in Melbourne. List of speakers and topics covered:
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Bass & Flinders Gin Experience (VIC)

Delve into the world of Gin! Take home a bottle of Gin specifically to your taste. Hosted by Bob Laing of Bass & Flinders distillery, Red Hill. The Gin experience masterclass is designed to familiarise you to the wonderful world of Gin production, where we explore the exotic botanicals used...
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05
VIC 100 Wine Awards tasting & Masterclass (VIC)

Taste Victoria's best 100 wines in 2015 as judged and awarded by the VIC 100 Wine Awards at this very special event in Federation Square this September. Plus you can join Head Judge, Curator and popular wine writer Nick Stock in a strictly limited Masterclass. VIC 100 Wine Awards...
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07
IMBIBO Spring Trade Day with Vinosita & Anchor Wine Merchant (VIC)

All wine trade are invited to join us for an afternoon of tasting our Spring Release Wines, including: Domaine Lucci + Lucy Margaux Pyramid Valley Two Tonne Tasmania Fikkers ...and More! Plus fine wines from Vinosita and Anchor Wine Merchant...
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07
Australia Trade Tasting (NSW)

You are invited to Australia Trade Tasting Sydney, an annual trade event showcasing exciting wines, beers and spirits from all over the world to Australian importers, distributors, retailers and press. Get your free visitor's pass and save $25 by booking online: australiatradetasting.com/invite For more information about this event,...
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EVENT: IMBIBO Spring Trade Day with Vinosita & Anchor Wine Merchant (VIC)

All hospitality staff and wine professionals are invited to join us for a tasting Imbibo Spring releases and wines from the fabulous Anchor Wine Merchant and Vinosita. For more details: Beth@imbibo.com.au...
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Five ways to put a spring in your step (NSW)

New artisanal Australian wine releases plus fresh spring imports from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and South Africa from Eurocentric, Felixir, Halle Aux Vins, Lo-Fi and Virtuoso. Trade only....
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#StockonHand - Heart & Soil Trade Day (VIC)

Spring Portfolio Tasting Black Estate. Dub Style. Fighting Gully Road. Head Wines. Henty Farm. Holly's Garden. Inkwell. Moondarra. Nick O'Leary. Oakdene. The Wanderer. Stuart Proud. Vina Ilusion. ExAnimo Wines. Grivot. Keller. Thivin. Malvira. Cantina del Piña. And much much more......
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Wine Australia A+ Level 2 (VIC)

This one day course is the official Australian Grape and Wine Authority (formally Wine Australia) accredited training. This is a valuable addition to the Resume of those working in the wine industry or hospitality and is also suitable for the keen enthusiast wanting to learn in a structured environment. The course...
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Imbibo SA Spring Trade Day (SA)

Join us for our first ever Imbibo SA Trade Day. Marcel and Beth will be at Clever Little Tailor from 11-3pm on Monday, September 14th showing new releases from: Pyramid Valley Two Tonne Tasmania Ravensworth Fikkers and MORE! When you have had enough of the fine wines, La Sirene will...
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Champagne de Terroir: More power to the artisans (NSW)

Beautiful things come in small packages, or at least from small estates when it comes to Champagne. Discover a world of artisan producers whose purpose in life is to make the best champagne they can from the pick of their own crop. Organic, biodynamic, sustainable ... we've got oaked...
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Champagne Bureau National Master Classes (NSW)

Champagne Bureau, Australia presents the 2015 National Master Class Series conducted by Vin de Champagne Award past winners. Ticket price includes an educational tasting of Champagnes and canapes. Bookings: champagnebureau.iwannaticket.com.au For more information, please contact: elisabeth@drysdalecommunications.com.auor 02 9555 8891...
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Champagne Bureau, Australia TRADE TASTING (NSW)

Champagne Bureau, Australia will be hosting a trade tasting featuring over 35 Champagne brands imported into Australia. For more information please contact the Champagne Bureau, Australia at (02) 9555 8891 or elisabeth@drysdalecommunications.com.au @ChampagneBureauAustralia www.champagne.com.au Bookings: champagnetradetasting.iwannaticket.com.au...
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Samuel Smith & Son and Negociants Australia New Release Tasting (QLD)

A combined Portfolio New Release Tastings for the Trade held nationally every 2 years in September. It is a forum where winemakers and wineries present new release wines and tell their story direct to the people that present their wines to the public for sale; be that via restaurant, bottle shop,...
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Samuel Smith & Son and Negociants Australia New Release Tasting (NSW)

A combined Portfolio New Release Tastings for the Trade held nationally every 2 years in September. It is a forum where winemakers and wineries present new release wines and tell their story direct to the people that present their wines to the public for sale; be that via restaurant, bottle shop,...
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15
Bibendum Wine Co Annual Trade Day (VIC)

Please join us for our annual trade day. All of our Aussie winemakers will be in attendance and we will definitely be opening plenty of our favourite imports....
SEP
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Samuel Smith & Son and Negociants Australia New Release Tasting (VIC)

A combined Portfolio New Release Tastings for the Trade held nationally every 2 years in September. It is a forum where winemakers and wineries present new release wines and tell their story direct to the people that present their wines to the public for sale; be that via restaurant, bottle shop,...
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Samuel Smith & Son and Negociants Australia New Release Tasting (SA)

A combined Portfolio New Release Tastings for the Trade held nationally every 2 years in September. It is a forum where winemakers and wineries present new release wines and tell their story direct to the people that present their wines to the public for sale; be that via restaurant, bottle shop,...
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Samuel Smith & Son and Negociants Australia New Release Tasting (WA)

A combined Portfolio New Release Tastings for the Trade held nationally every 2 years in September. It is a forum where winemakers and wineries present new release wines and tell their story direct to the people that present their wines to the public for sale; be that via restaurant, bottle shop,...
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Lorenzo Galli Masterclass - applications now open (NSW)

This year the Lorenzo Galli fund will host masterclasses in Sydney and Melbourne. The day-long sessions, conducted by Sommeliers Australia and a series of expert panellists, will showcase the diversity and depth of Italian varietals. Six major topics with both Italian and Australian examples will be discussed: - White varieties...
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Trembath & Taylor new release tasting (VIC)

New release tasting featuring Elio Ottin, Kuenhof, Chiara Boschis, Pietradolce, Poggerino and more. Plus our new grower from Slovenia, Marko Fon. Trade only...
SEP
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Bibendum Wine Co Annual Trade Day (NSW)

Please join us for our annual trade day. All of our Aussie winemakers will be in attendance and we will definitely be opening plenty of our favourite imports....
SEP
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Lorenzo Galli Masterclass - applications now open (VIC)

This year the Lorenzo Galli fund will host masterclasses in Sydney and Melbourne. The day-long sessions, conducted by Sommeliers Australia and a series of expert panellists, will showcase the diversity and depth of Italian varietals. Six major topics with both Italian and Australian examples will be discussed: - White varieties...
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The Gathering - 200 wines open for inspiration - trade tasting (NSW)

The Gathering is just as it sounds. We are an evolving group of distributors getting together to make tasting our wines a little easier. Get involved this Spring with the likes of Andrew Guard, Claret & Co, Francaboutwine, Jed Wines, Nebbia Wines, Movida Wholesale and Willie Smiths Organic Cider....
OCT
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Benchmarking Wine Styles (QLD)

Join the Sommeliers Australia Queensland Chapter in Sanctuary Cove, for an in depth look at Benchmarking Wine Styles: Sparkling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Cost: This is a free tasting RSVP's can be emailed to David.StevensCastro@IHG.com...
OCT
07
Sydney Wine Academy - French Wine Scholar program (NSW)

The Sydney Wine Academy is excited to announce the launch of the French Wine Scholar program – a course geared for the members of the wine trade and serious wine enthusiasts. Developed and administered by the French Wine Society with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, it...
OCT
10
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 25th of September 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....
OCT
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Sydney Wine Academy - Wine Knowledge and Service (NSW)

This course will provide the skills and knowledge required to complete a professional evaluation of wine. It explores Australian wine styles, wine production, the role of a Sommelier, as well as food and wine matching. - Discuss Australian wine styles - Discuss basic wine production - Implement appropriate tasting...
OCT
13
Orange Wine Show & Festival October 13 - November 1 (NSW)

Orange Wine Festival is two weeks of events and activities highlighting the region's premium wines through the Orange wine show & tasting, educational workshops, dinners, markets and celebrations with local produce....
OCT
15
Masterclass with Tyson Stelzer, Charles Fourny and Steve Webber (VIC)

Join us for a discussion between Tyson Stelzer, Charles Fourny and Steve Webber. Tyson will provide a brief overview on champagne simply to put the Fourny estate in context and highlight the synergy and importance of their relationship with De Bortoli and why that is so special and...
OCT
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Wine and Cheese Fest (VIC)

Following the great success of the inaugural 2014 event, The Wine and Cheese Fest is returning to Seaworks on 25 October 2015 with a much bigger and better outlook. The Wine & Cheese Fest is an event that will tantalise any palate and entertain in a vibrant atmosphere, whilst treating...
OCT
26
Chateau Palmer Tasting (VIC)

This is a free event and great opportunity to meet Damien Grelat - export director Asia - Pacific of Chateau Palmer. 2 vintages of Alter Ego will be opened as well as 3 vintages of Chateau Palmer inc 2000 and 2005 and the rare Palmer Historical Century XIX. For...
NOV
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SAVE THE DATE - Champagne Masterclass (NSW)

Further details regarding this wonderfully bubbly event brought to you by Sommeliers Australia and Champagne Bureau Australia will be made available shortly....
NOV
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Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 (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...
 

What's News

The Court of Master Sommeliers: Advanced Sommelier examination results




The Court of Master Sommeliers has announced the results of its Advanced Sommelier
Examination.

Brian K. Julyan MS (Chief Executive, Court of Master Sommeliers), says 'We have been thrilled by the caliber of students participating in this year's programme. It's a strong result to see 25% of candidates achieving the Advanced Sommelier Certificate, particularly as this is the very first time that this level of Certification has been offered in Australia'.

Franck Moreau MS, says 'Australia is now known as a leading training ground for sommeliers worldwide, and the increased number of candidates seeking CMS certification in Australia really demonstrates this.'

The 2015 Advanced Examination Results Dux was awarded to: Emmanuel Cadieu (est. / Merivale, Sydney).

The 2015 Graduates for the Advanced Sommelier
Certificate were: Benjamin Hasko (Luxury Beverage Group, Sydney), Filippo L' Episcopo (Park Hyatt, Sydney), Bengt Baumgartner (The European / Melbourne Supper Club, Melbourne), Han Yew Kong (Marina Bay Sands, Singapore),
and Richard Healy (Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney).

The Introductory and Certified level Dux was awarded to Timothy Perlstone (Public Dining Room, Balmoral Sydney).

Congratulations to all of the students who completed their studies and for their dedication to the profession.

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Adrian Filiuta Wins 2015 Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge!




Champagne Ruinart together with Sommeliers Australia are excited to announce the winner or the 2015 Australian Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge, Adrian Filiuta of Felix Bistro in Sydney.

Based upon their answers to the blind tasting, three three runners up were chosen; John Mackinnon of Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, Tessa Murray of Supernormal, Melbourne and Tom Brushfield of Peter Rowland Catering, Melbourne.

Adrian will receive a return business class trip to France in July where he will join Sommeliers Challenge winners from the US & Hong Kong in Champagne to undertake further training with the Ruinart Chef de Caves.

Frédéric Panaïotis says: 'I'm very impressed by the talent of the Australian sommeliers who participated in the Sommeliers Challenge and am excited to be supporting the development of this community together with Sommeliers Australia. I'm looking forward to welcoming Adrian Filiuta to France to be a part of Ruinart's International Sommeliers Program.'

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 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.

Competition, Symposium & Scholarship Dates for 2015


Click Here for all the dates of the Sommeliers Australia

Sommeliers Australia 2015 National Symposium

2015 Ruinart Sommeliers' Challenge

Lorenzo Galli Scholarship

"Sommit" New Zealand Scholarship

plus dates for

Pontifex Scholarship

Court of Master Sommeliers

La Chaine des Rotissuers Young Sommelier Comp

Vin De Champagne Awards

THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE


See who is on the current National Committee

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