Entries now open for 2016 Vin de Champagne Awards
The Vin de Champagne Award not only aims to celebrate and encourage the enjoyment of Champagne in Australia, it also seeks to develop a network of Champagne specialists to act as Ambassadors of the Champagne Appellation and the wine.
The Award invites candidates to apply in one of two categories: Professional
(for people who gain an income working in the food and wine industry) and Amateur
, for those experienced tasters who have a passion for Champagne.
Entrants are required to answer questions about Champagne's history, viticulture and wine-making, and are expected to display knowledge of the organization of the Champagne industry. State finalists are flown to Sydney where a panel of experts judges the finalists' skills in a blind tasting.
The grand prize for the two winners is a two-week educational tour through Champagne where they are presented with their medal by the Comité Champagne and enjoy the illustrious Champenois hospitality.
Entries open 11 April to 8 July.
Entry forms can be downloaded from www.champagne.com.au
For more information, please contact Elisabeth Drysdale, Director of Champagne Bureau, Australia ph.02 9555 8891 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The inaugural NZ Sommit, February 2016
In early February, NZ Winegrowers hosted 9 Australian sommeliers in New Zealand, where the group's experience included the North Canterbury Forage, the inaugural NZ Sommelier Summit, Sommit, the inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration, the Wine Flight and the Chardonnay and Sparkling Symposium.
session hosted by Kiwi sommeliers, Cameron Douglas MS and Stephen Wong (now a MW), covered lesser known topics of NZ wine such as Geriatric Riesling, Teeny Tiny Plantings, Natural and Orange
and Cam and Stephen's All Time Faves
The group then attended The International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration, Sauvignon 16
, a 3-day conference celebrating all that is wonderful about Sauvignon Blanc and exploring the styles and regions beyond the well-known Marlborough Savvy B.
A specially chartered NZ Wine Flight transported the group to Gisborne for the Chardonnay and Sparkling Symposium. Whilst flying over the wine regions of Marlborough, Nelson, Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay and Gisborne, wine and culinary delights of the regions below were served.
Watch this space for upcoming NZ Wine Pure Discovery workshops (Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane) where the Sommit 2016
sommeliers will share some of their insights and favourite wines. Details on applying for next year's Sommit
, will be also be posted here soon!
Filippo L'Episcopo wins 2016 Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge!
Ruinart, together with Sommeliers Australia, is excited to announce the winner of the 2016 Australian Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge, Filippo L'Episcopo of the Park Hyatt, Sydney.
The Challenge Day, hosted by Frédéric Panaïotis, focused specifically on chardonnay. The finalists took part in a blind tasting of four chardonnays and technical training by Panaïotis.
Filippo will receive a return business class trip to France, where he will join international Sommeliers Challenge winners in Champagne to undertake further training with the Ruinart Chef de Caves.
CMS: Registrations now open!
Registrations have now opened for the 2016 Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory and Certified accreditation programme, to be offered in Sydney and Melbourne this June 2016.Sydney:
ivy Sunroom (330 George St Sydney)
Intro Course and Exam: Wed 8 June - Fri 10 June
Certified Exam: Fri 10 JuneMelbourne:
InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto (495 Collins St Melbourne)
Intro Course and Exam: Sun 12 June - Tues 14 June
Certified Exam: Tues 14 June
For further information please contact:
Franck Moreau MS - Court of Master Sommeliers Oceania Courses
THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE
See who is on the current National CommitteeDETAILS
Competition, Symposium & Scholarship Dates for 2016
for all the dates of the Sommeliers Australia competitions and education events.2016 Ruinart Sommeliers' Challenge
Lorenzo Galli Scholarship
"Sommit" New Zealand Scholarshipplus details for the following:
Court of Master Sommeliers
La Chaine des Rotissuers Young Sommelier Competition
Vin De Champagne Awards
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