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MAR
23


2015 Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge (VIC)

Are you an elite sommelier? We're looking for the stars amongst the shining ranks of Australia's sommeliers to test their skills in the 2015 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...
MAR
02
GAMBERO ROSSO 'TRE BICCHIERI' ITALIAN WINE WORLD TOUR (NSW)

MONDAY 2ND MARCH - SYDNEY TOWN HALL 12pm - 8pm Gambero Rosso is the worlds leading authority on Italian wine, publishing the Vini d'Italia wine guide since 1987. After the success of the sold-out 'Top Italian Wines Roadshow' in 2014, Gambero Rosso returns to Australia with its most prestigious wine event...
MAR
02
Perception of Cabernet Sauvignon - you be the judge! (VIC)

Wine industry professionals are being given the opportunity to take part in a blind tasting that focuses on Cabernet Sauvignon from around the world. This form part of an Honours research project, so your input is valuable. Simply drop in any time between 3pm and 6pm to...
MAR
08
Sommeliers Australia Champagne Brunch at The Champagne Room Sydney (NSW)

A day to celebrate all things Champagne, bring along your favourite bottle of Champagne and enjoy a delicious and relaxed brunch with a menu including Poached Scull Island Prawns ,Venison Tartare, Raw Hervey Bay Scallops and artisanal cheeses with your fellow Sommeliers, DJ's spinning in the afternoon and $89...
MAR
08
Braai in the Barossa (SA)

South Africa comes to the Barossa! Experience some of the finest South African wines at a BBQ with a view and afternoon of grazing and wine sampling. $75 per person 12pm-4pm With over 100 different wines available to sample during the afternoon, why not come up to the Barossa...
MAR
09
A Sparkling Experience (WA)

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE! Join 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. Amongst others...
MAR
10
A+ Australian One Day Wine School - Brisbane (QLD)

Wine and its regions, returns for the third year in 2015 with an expanded program that includes classes in Sydney and Melbourne, and for the first time Adelaide and Brisbane. Hosted by Wine Australia Regional Director Aaron Brasher, alongside a guest presenter, the classes are an ideal forum for wine professionals...
MAR
16
Perception of Cabernet Sauvignon - you be the judge! (VIC)

A blind tasting has been set up to showcase Cabernet Sauvignon from around the world. Six wines to sample, whereby you need to rate them out of a 20 point system then rank them from 1 to 6, with 1 being your perception of the best Cabernet in the line...
MAR
17
A+ Australian One Day Wine School - Melbourne (VIC)

Wine Australia's One Day Wine School, which provides students with a deeper understanding of Australian wine and its regions, returns for the third year in 2015 with an expanded program that includes classes in Sydney and Melbourne, and for the first time Adelaide and Brisbane. Hosted by Wine Australia Regional...
MAR
17
Wine Australia A+ One Day Wine School (VIC)

Wine Australia A+ One Day Wine School Region: No Region Description: The A+ Australian One Day Wine School is run by Wine Australia and provides students with a deeper understanding of Australian wine and its regions. Hosted by Aaron Brasher, Wine Australia's Regional Director for Australia, Asia and Emerging Markets,...
MAR
19
A+ Australian One Day Wine School - Adelaide (SA)

Wine Australia's One Day Wine School, which provides students with a deeper understanding of Australian wine and its regions, returns for the third year in 2015 with an expanded program that includes classes in Sydney and Melbourne, and for the first time Adelaide and Brisbane. Hosted by Wine Australia Regional...
MAR
23
The Gathering - 150 wines open for inspiration - trade tasting (NSW)

If you haven't been before The Gathering is just as it sounds. We are an evolving group of distributors getting together to make tasting our wines a little easier for you. We might be artisan but that doesnt mean we all have beards. Being all small business owners we are as...
MAR
24
A+ Australian One Day Wine School - Sydney (NSW)

Wine Australia's One Day Wine School, which provides students with a deeper understanding of Australian wine and its regions, returns for the third year in 2015 with an expanded program that includes classes in Sydney and Melbourne, and for the first time Adelaide and Brisbane. Hosted by Wine Australia Regional...
MAR
30
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 23rd of March 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...
APR
13
Vinosphere 2015 (NSW)

Save The Date! Vinosphere is back again for 2015 brought to you by Vinous, Enoteca Sydney and Vintage & Vine. Details to be confirmed very soon....
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

2015 Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge




Are you an elite sommelier?

We're looking for the stars amongst the shining ranks of Australia's sommeliers to test their skills in the 2015 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, Frédéric Panaïotis.

All entrants need to be actively working in an Australian on-premise venue in a sommelier role or in a wine service team and will need to answer 5 champagne related questions on the application form.

If you are selected to attend the final round on March 23rd 2015, you will be flown to Melbourne to compete against 30 of the most talented sommeliers in Australia.

The challenge will involve a blind tasting of 4 wines in 40 minutes and a technical lecture by Panaiotis, followed by an exclusive Ruinart lunch.

The judging panel will decide on 1 winner who will be awarded the trip to Champagne, to be announced on 26th March 2015.



How to apply?

Entry is open to Working Members of Sommeliers Australia.

Not a member yet? Click here to join!

Already a member? Click here to apply!

Applications are open from January 27th until March 6th 2015.

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!

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.

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

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