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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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03
Bibendum Wine Co: Massolino Barolo Masterclass (VIC)

By invitation only. Please contact Monica on 1300 610 919 for further details. As far as we are concerned, Massolino's Giovanni Angeli doesn't need an excuse to visit Australia, but the release of his outstanding 2011 Barolo Crus is as good as any. The hype around 2010 was always...
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03
Vino Aperto 2015 (NSW)

Sydney's most important Italian Trade Event is back - join Quoco, Enoteca Sileno, Godot Wines & 12 Bottles to taste a comprehensive range of Italian wines....
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04
CELLARHAND TRADE DAY 2015 (VIC)

After a memorable show last year, we're back for a dazzling encore at the Regent Theatre. Please join our star-studded cast for an afternoon of thrills and spills and vinous drama. Follow the red carpet to...… 'Contratto Bar' by Joe's Shoe Store Bubbles, bitters and cocktails from...
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04
Sommelier 101, Session 3: Trade Tastings - a guided tour (VIC)

Session 3 of Sommelier 101 will be structured around Trade Tastings, with groups being taken on 'guided tours' around the upcoming CellarHand portfolio tasting (Tuesday 4 August, 12-7pm), focussing on 4 varietal groups: Riesling, Pinot Noir, alternative whites and alternative reds. Our Sommelier mentors will host intimate groups, to...
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05
Bibendum Wine Co: Massolino Barolo Masterclass (QLD)

By invitation only. Please contact Monica on 1300 610 919 for further details. As far as we are concerned, Massolino's Giovanni Angeli doesn't need an excuse to visit Australia, but the release of his outstanding 2011 Barolo Crus is as good as any. The hype around 2010 was always...
AUG
09
Sommelier 101, Session 4: How to write a profitable wine list (VIC)

Join Sommeliers Australia and a panel of award winning Sommeliers, as they discuss the technicalities and benefits of writing a profitable wine list. This session is Sommeliers Australia's fourth instalment in their Sommelier 101 initiative and is a must for everyone working in small or large dining establishments… Who doesn't want...
AUG
10
Bibendum Wine Co: Massolino Barolo Masterclass (NSW)

By invitation only. Please contact Monica on 1300 610 919 for further details. As far as we are concerned, Massolino's Giovanni Angeli doesn't need an excuse to visit Australia, but the release of his outstanding 2011 Barolo Crus is as good as any. The hype around 2010 was always...
AUG
10
The Grampians – Emerging : Masterclass (VIC)

Get in fast - very limited (30) seats available to a tasting of rare old wines and their contemporaries from 6 producers in the Grampians region. RSVPs essential - sales@thestory.com.au The Grampians is now rightfully acknowledged as one of the best regions to grow Shiraz in this country. There...
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Melbourne Trade Tasting: Enoteca Sydney, Vinous & World Wine Estates (VIC)

Enoteca Sydney, Vinous and World Wine Estates are joining forces again to open their best bottles for you at their annual trade event. With over 200 wines open ranging from France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Australia & New Zealand, it promises to be a most comprehensive tasting. All key wines...
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Small Producer & Importer Trade Tasting (VIC)

Save the date for some serious vinous entertainment. A group of small producers and importers are joining forces to bring you a selection of new release wines to get your head and tastebuds around. Featuring Born & Raised Wines – Small batch, big flavour wines from Heathcote and Central Vic...
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Chateau d'Yquem masterclass with Jean-Philippe Lemoine & Sandrine Garbay (VIC)

MEMBER ONLY EVENT Join Sommeliers Australia and Chateau d'Yquem's Jean-Philippe Lemoine and Sandrine Garbay for a masterclass show casing the soon to be released 20013 'Y' Bordeaux Blanc and 2013 Chateau d'Yquem, and a selection of back vintage wines from their cellar. Cost: $30 for Sommeliers Australia Members ONLY...
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Chateau d'Yquem masterclass with Jean-Phillipe Lemoine & Sandrine Garbay (NSW)

MEMBER ONLY EVENT Join Sommeliers and Australia Chateau d'Yquem's Jean Philippe Lemoine and Sandrine Garbay for a masterclass show casing the soon to be released 20013 'Y' Bordeaux Blanc and 2013 Chateau d'Yquem, and a selection of back vintage wines from their cellar. Cost: $30 for Sommeliers Australia Members...
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WSET Level 2 Intensive Course at City Wine Shop: 23 & 30 Aug, 7 Sept (VIC)

Run over two consecutive Sundays with an exam the following week, this Intensive Course is aimed at those working in the industry or enthusiasts with a good basic knowledge of wine. Perfect for professionals who can't afford the time to sit our weekly classes but want to undertake the qualification swiftly....
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Small Producer & Importer Trade Tasting (NSW)

Save the date for some serious vinous entertainment. A group of small producers and importers are joining forces to bring you a selection of new release wines to get your head and tastebuds around. Featuring Born & Raised Wines – Small batch, big flavour wines from Heathcote and Central Vic...
AUG
24
Bibendum Wine Co Annual Trade Day (QLD)

Please join us and the Imbibo girls for a very exciting tasting. All of our Aussie winemakers will be in attendance and we will have plenty of our favourite imports open as well....
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24
The Dan Pontifex Memorial Trust Masterclass – New Wave Australia (SA)

The Dan Pontifex Memorial Trust was established in 1998 to celebrate the life of young Australian sommelier Daniel Pontifex, who was killed in a car accident while working at Kensington Place Restaurant in London. Led by Michael Hill Smith MW, a member of the Trust Board, this masterclass...
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Macedon Ranges Wines - Trade Day (VIC)

The Macedon Ranges is on Melbourne's door step, less than an hour from the city. For now it remains one of Victoria's best keep wine secrets. All vineyards are family owned so no corporate bean counters here! Instead you will find a small band of dedicated, passionate (and yes...
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Fab Five Importers Trade Day Tasting (SA)

Five importers, one day – join Eurocentric, Halle Aux Vins, Wine List Imports, Felixir and Lo-Fi Wines for an utterly comprehensive look at fine wines from Europe and beyond. Presented by the importers themselves and covering all major and many lesser known European regions, a simply unmissable event...
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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 11th of August 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...
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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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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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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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04
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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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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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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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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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 (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,...
SEP
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....
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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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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....
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
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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....
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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...
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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

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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