Spotlight on: Miyuki Morimoto

Name: Miyuki Morimoto (Japan) I am: Sommelier at Conrad Tokyo, Hilton Group. What inspired me to become a sommelier: When I was still a section waitress, our sommelier made me taste Château Ducru Beaucaillou 1995 as he had to confirm the wines condition before serving. I was impressed with the deliciousness of that Château Ducru … Continued

Spotlight on: Emma Farrelly

Name: Emma Farrelly (Perth, AU) I am: Director of Wine, The State Buildings/Como The Treasury. What inspired me to become a sommelier: My parents took me to the annual ‘Flowering of the Vine’ lunch at Frankland Estate when I was 18. It was the first time I had tasted wine that made me think. I … Continued

Spotlight on: Heidi Mäkinen MW

Name: Heidi Mäkinen MW (Finland) I am: Wine Ambassador, Viinitie and President, Finnish Sommelier Association. What inspired me to become a sommelier: Endless curiosity in wine and my will to learn more. My role model is: People who decide they want to accomplish something and make it happen. My greatest professional achievement is: Becoming Master … Continued

Spotlight on: Ellie Ash

Name: Ellie Ash (Melbourne, AU) I am: Sommelier at Recreation Bistro x Bottleshop. What inspired me to become a sommelier: It started with an enjoyment of wine that made me want to learn more about it. I made a big career change to pursue that passion and am glad that I did. My role model … Continued

Spotlight on: Nina Jensen

Name: Nina Jensen (Denmark) I am: Head Sommelier at Restaurant Lyst, Vejle What inspired me to become a sommelier: The people I was surrounded with during my internship as a waiter. They remain some of the most skilled sommeliers in Denmark today: to get such a passionate introduction to wine has been alpha & omega. … Continued

Spotlight on: Christina Kaigg

  Name: Christina Kaigg (Melbourne, AU) I am: Assistant wine buyer at Atlas Vinifera, Victorian Brand Ambassador – Burch Family Wines, FWS Certified Educator. What inspired me to become a sommelier: I grew up working in restaurants where wine was part of the conversation but due to a lack of knowledge in those venues, was … Continued

Spotlight Series: coming soon to social media

Over the coming weeks and months, Sommeliers Australia is excited to be introducing some familiar (and some not so familiar) faces to you. Enter the Spotlight Series – an interview series with sommeliers, winemakers and industry supporters from Australia and around the world, sharing their achievements, learnings and (hopefully) a few trade secrets along the way. Kicking … Continued