Spotlight on: Zoe Brunton

Name: Zoe Brunton I am: Head Sommelier at Monopole, Sydney I joined the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group to: I joined the D&I Working Group because I think there is a huge gap in the wine industry where organisations miss the mark to connect and be relevant with all individuals. So many organisations seem to … Continued

Spotlight on: Lisa Cardelli

Name: Lisa Cardelli I am: Victoria Sales Manager, Terroir Selections I joined the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group: Because I’m sick and tired of racism, sexual discrimination and misconduct, exclusion… I could go on and on. I would like to see drastic changes in real life, not just words on social media. To me it … Continued

Spotlight on: Rod Hunt

Name: Rod Hunt I am: Wine Enthusiast and student – mid-way through my DipWSET at PWS.In my non-wine time I’m a Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Monash University, and have experience in health, management, research and issues pertaining to Diversity and Inclusion. I joined the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group to: Provide a consumer perspective, … Continued

Spotlight on: Sarah Andrew

Name: Sarah Andrew DipWSET (Honours) I am: WSET Business Development Manager, Australia & New Zealand I joined the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group to: To be accountable and strive for positive change. To question the current status quo and alongside other like-minded professionals, and make a difference to our industry. My personal mission statement is: … Continued

Spotlight on: Noah Rozenfeld

Name: Noah Rozenfeld I am: Sommelier, Ten Minutes By Tractor I joined the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group to: I joined Sommeliers Australia in order to be part of a positive change in the industry I love so much rather than waiting for one. I’d like that change to achieve more humility, empathy and connection … Continued

Spotlight on: Sommeliers Australia Diversity & Inclusion Working Group

Sommeliers Australia is excited to continue introducing some familiar (and some not so familiar) faces over the coming weeks, through our Spotlight Series of interviews. Previously we’ve asked sommeliers, winemakers and industry supporters from Australia and around the world, to share their achievements, learnings and a few trade secrets. Starting next week, our next Spotlight … Continued

Spotlight on: QT Hotels & Resorts’ Chris Morrison

Name: Chris Morrison, Wine Director for QT Hotels and Resorts What was your ‘watershed’ wine moment? Working in hard core French wine teams as a sommelier for Sir Terrance Conran in London during the late 90’s. How would you describe your wine collection? After a year of stand down – empty. What is the most … Continued

Spotlight on: Accolade’s Michael McIntosh

Name: Michael McIntosh, Fine Wine Brand Ambassador for Accolade Wines. How long have you been in the wine industry? 10 years in the wine industry per se, but 20 years total working with wine including my previous hospitality and sommelier roles. What was your ‘watershed’ wine moment? At 19 years old I was lucky enough … Continued

Spotlight on: Riedel’s Erin Baulderstone

Name: Erin Baulderstone, Global Social Media & Content Manager at RIEDEL. How long have you been in the wine industry? I started working in an admin role at RIEDEL in 2009, which was supposed to give me the experience to step into a completely different industry. 12 years later, I’m now working in a brand … Continued

Spotlight on: Torbreck’s James Young

Name: James Young, National Sales Manager at Torbreck. What was your ‘watershed’ wine moment? I was lucky enough to rent a room in the home of a woman who was a wine distributor. She imported a range of amazing wines and was very generous with the wines and her knowledge of wine in general. What is … Continued