Spotlight on: Wiremu Andrews

Name: Wiremu Andrews. I am: Director of Dearth of a Salesman Wine Services. I joined the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group to: help bring about a cultural revolution within the Sommeliers Australia organisation so that more people are inspired to join our community and enable us to achieve greater things within both the wine sphere … Continued

Spotlight on: Curly Haslam-Coates

Name: Curly Haslam-Coates. I am: Wine Educator and Tasmanian Ambassador at Vintage Tasmania. I joined the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group: because I can’t complain if I’m not willing to make things better! My personal mission statement is: Wine for all. In the D&I space, I want to champion: Education and empathy. We are all … Continued

Spotlight on: Meira Harel

Name: Meira Harel I am: Sommelier, wine consultant and Co-Founder of GROW Assembly. I joined the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group to: Turn words into action. Our community is in desperate need of a change and a positive move towards a better future in terms of gender equality, accepting others and supporting young professionals grow … Continued

Spotlight on: Bridget Raffal

Name: Bridget Raffal I am: Sommelier at Where’s Nick Wine Bar I joined the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group to: I’d like to make the industry as a whole a more inclusive space, and Sommeliers Australia is part of that industry. In the D&I space, I want to champion: Efforts to connect with and empower … Continued

Spotlight on: Chris Crawford

Name: Chris Crawford I am: Group General Manager Beverage – Crown Resorts I joined the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group to: As a representative of the hospitality industry, I feel compelled to do my part to make a difference. I want to actively promote equality and inclusivity within our industry. It’s up to all of … Continued

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