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MAY
30


Castle Cove Wine Fair (NSW)

Taste Australian Wines Explore Exclusive Gems Enjoy Wine Demonstrations Engage with Winemakers Reward Yourself with a $30 Voucher Join us as we taste delicious drop's from Tyrrell's, Rosabrook...
MAY
30
Wine Australia A+ Level 2 (VIC)

This one day course is the official Australian Grape and Wine Authority (formerly 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...
MAY
30
Wine Australia A+ Level 2 (VIC)

This one day course is the official Australian Grape and Wine Authority (formerly 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...
JUN
01
Brunello Masterclass (VIC)

Showcasing 10 Brunello from the great 2010 vintage along with verticals of 2006 and 2007 Brunello. For further details please contact: Alan Featherby email alan@italianwineimporters.com.au mobile 0412 008 929...
JUN
02
Euan McKay, Trembath & Taylor and TSA Three Ways Tasting (VIC)

Join Euan McKay, Trembath and Taylor and The Spanish Acquisition for their annual three ways tasting. The best of France, Italy and Spain under one roof! Contact Lucy at The Spanish Acquisition for more information e: tsa@thespanishacquisition.com ph: 03 9349 1804...
JUN
02
Handpicked Wines Autumn Winter Trade Tasting (NSW)

We invite you to the Handpicked Wines '2015 Autumn/Winter Collection' – a showcase of 10 Collection Cabernet and Shiraz wines, as well as a couple of interesting winter whites. In true Handpicked style, the event will also feature handmade ceramic decanters and some unusual curated experiences. This event follows...
JUN
09
Negociants Australia and Samuel Smith & Son Imported Tasting (WA)

Samuel Smith & Son and Negociants once again present a combined portfolio tasting of their Imported wines....
JUN
09
#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...
JUN
16
Sommelier 101 - Session 2: Art of Service (VIC)

The quality of service can make or break any experience in hospitality. Great service is a detailed artform; part psychology, part engineering and part athletics with a smattering of magic. Everyone at every level in hospitality should aspire to constantly deliver great service. It is with that in mind that Sommeliers...
JUN
22
[re]Volver (VIC)

Spain: Rise of the Grower This year, we are welcoming back a gaggle of Spaniards and this time they are bringing reinforcements. No less than 13 growers will in attendance for two tastings, to be held in Sydney and Melbourne. Many will remember meeting Tom Puyaubert (Exopto), Gregory Pérez (Mengoba)...
JUN
22
La Route des Crus - Imported Trade Tasting (VIC)

DWS is delighted to invite you to La Route des Crus. The Route Des Crus is a week of events to showcase key French regions and try our new releases through different event formats - starting with an imported trade show. We will be opening some exceptional wines; to...
JUN
23
La Route des Crus - Masterclass Côte de Beaune (VIC)

Gary Steel will introduce you to the wonders of Côte de Beaune pinot noir and chardonnay. From the grand crus of Corton to those of Chassagne-Montrachet. Limited to 25 people, RSVP is essential. michelleb@domwineship.com.au...
JUN
24
La Route des Crus - Masterclass Côte de Nuits (VIC)

Another sensational master class presented by Gary Steel on the Côte de Nuits. Join us and explore the Clos De Bèze, Les Saint-Georges, Les Bonnes Mares… from Domaine Armand Rousseau, Comte Georges de Vogüé and many more. Limited to 25 people, RSVP essential. michelleb@domwineship.com.au...
JUN
24
[re]Volver (NSW)

Spain: Rise of the Grower This year, we are welcoming back a gaggle of Spaniards and this time they are bringing reinforcements. No less than 13 growers will in attendance for two tastings, to be held in Sydney and Melbourne. Many will remember meeting Tom Puyaubert (Exopto), Gregory Pérez (Mengoba)...
JUN
26
La Route des Crus - Dinner (VIC)

We will be opening wines from some of the best producers in Burgundy and exceptional aged Crus from Northern Rhone during this exclusive dinner. Limited to 30 people. RSVP to info@gg150.com.au Ph 8415 0411 $140 per person - all inclusive...
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 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
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
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...
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
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
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...
 

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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