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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...
JUL
07
And Vinous was her name... (WA)

Join Sommeliers Australia for an informal tasting and discussion focusing on the vinous women of the world and the wines they produce. Bring a bottle (wrapped in foil) that fits the bill, and be ready with your thoughts about the subject! Maximum 15 places available. This is a...
JUL
07
#GRENACHESTARS (TAS)

The grenache star is rising. This Sommeliers Australia tasting will hook you up with grenache in all its glory. Showcasing spice and succulence from ancient bush vines, amazing styles from cool cats and stalwarts in the stronghold of Australian grenache in McLaren Vale, Barossa and beyond to cult wines from...
JUL
08
Court of Master Sommeliers / Introductory Certification (Weds 8th - Fri 10th July) (NSW)

The Court of Master Sommeliers returns to Sydney in July 2015 to offer its internationally recognised qualification programme for Sommeliers. For the first time ever, The Court of Master Sommeliers will also be offering the Advanced certification in Australia for eligible candidates. About the Court of Master Sommeliers The Court...
JUL
10
Court of Master Sommeliers / Certified Qualification (NSW)

The Court of Master Sommeliers returns to Sydney in July 2015 to offer its internationally recognised qualification programme for Sommeliers. For the first time ever, The Court of Master Sommeliers will also be offering the Advanced certification in Australia for eligible candidates. About the Court of Master Sommeliers The Court...
JUL
12
Court of Master Sommeliers / Advanced Certification (Sun 12th - Thurs 16th July) (NSW)

The Court of Master Sommeliers returns to Sydney in July 2015 to offer its internationally recognised qualification programme for Sommeliers. For the first time ever, The Court of Master Sommeliers will also be offering the Advanced certification in Australia for eligible candidates. About the Court of Master Sommeliers The Court...
JUL
13
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...
JUL
13
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 26th of June 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...
JUL
13
Benjamin Leroux 2013 Burgundy masterclass (VIC)

Seats at this tasting are limited and allocated. Please contact Monica if you wish to attend: mcallinan@bibendum.com.au There's no rest for the wicked. Now that our Spanish Re-Volver wine fair has wound up, it's time to invite you to a tasting with Burgundy wunderkind, Benjamin Leroux. The best producers...
JUL
15
Benjamin Leroux 2013 Burgundy masterclass (NSW)

Seats at this tasting are limited and allocated. Please contact Monica if you wish to attend: mcallinan@bibendum.com.au There's no rest for the wicked. Now that our Spanish Re-Volver wine fair has wound up, it's time to invite you to a tasting with Burgundy wunderkind, Benjamin Leroux. The best producers...
JUL
20
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...
JUL
27
Off-Dry July (VIC)

Why spend five ho-hum weeks in Dry-July, when you could enjoy an Off-Dry July instead!? Off-Dry July is a rebellious celebration of white wines with sweetness, during a month known for abstinence – perfect for prohibitionists, not so for sommeliers! Join Sommeliers Australia for a luscious look at aromatic...
AUG
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...
AUG
11
Melbourne Trade Tasting: Enoteca Sydney, Vinous & World Wine Estates (VIC)

Save The Date! Enoteca Sydney, Vinous and World Wine Estates are joining forces again to open their best bottles for you at their annual trade event. Keep posted for more details to follow soon....
AUG
26
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...
AUG
30
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,...
AUG
31
Sydney Italian Wine + Food Festival 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...
AUG
31
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...
AUG
31
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...
SEP
01
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...
SEP
01
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...
SEP
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:
SEP
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,...
SEP
14
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,...
SEP
15
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
16
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,...
SEP
17
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,...
SEP
21
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,...
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
12
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
25
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...
 

What's News

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.

Champagne Ruinart is dedicated to supporting the ongoing development of Australian sommeliers and the competition was open to all 'Working Members' of Sommeliers Australia. Finalists from around the country were chosen from an outstanding field of applicants, with 31 competitors attending the Sommeliers Challenge day, which was held at The Point and hosted by Ruinart Chef de Caves, Frédéric Panaïotis on Monday 23rd March.

The 2015 Sommeliers Challenge focused specifically on sparkling wine. The finalists took part in a blind tasting of four sparkling wines and technical training by Panaïotis..

The judging panel was made up of Joshua Elias, Editor in Chief, Alquimie Magazine, Amanda Yallop, Sommeliers Australia Representative, Leanne Altmann, the 2014 Sommeliers Challenge Winner and Panaïotis – their job made all the more difficult by the extremely high calibre of sommeliers in the room. Based upon their answers to the blind tasting, the panel chose three runners up; 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.

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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2014 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 2014 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 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!

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