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

Spotlight on: Shaw + Smith’s Penny Grant

Name: Penny Grant, Market Manager – Shaw + Smith What was your ‘watershed’ wine moment? I think I was about 16 and my mum gave me a small glass of 1996 Sassicaia. It was the first time I really looked at wine in a different way, and sparked my desire to pursue a career in wine. … Continued

Spotlight on: Halliday Wine Companion panellist, Jeni Port

Name: Jeni Port, Halliday Wine Companion tasting panel member & freelance wine writer How long have you been working with wine? I have been a journalist for 44 years. I was a cadet when I started the wine column at The Sun News-Pictorial (now Herald-Sun). It was the biggest selling newspaper of its day and … Continued

Spotlight on: Wine Australia’s Kati Vainionpaa

Name: Kati Vainionpaa, Education Development Manager APAC at Wine Australia. What is the most memorable moment you have experienced during your wine journey? When I celebrated my grandmother’s 100th birthday with her,  sharing a Seppeltsfield 1914 Para Vintage Tawny. Both elegant, temperamental but to be respected! What is the most recent addition to your cellar? … Continued

Spotlight on: Negociants Australia’s Ramon Arnarvas

Name: Ramon Arnavas, Key Account Manager On Trade & Fine Wine Retail at Negociants Australia. How long have you been in the wine industry? I started being serious about wine when I arrived to Australia from Italy in 2004. As a wine waiter I was very lucky to be exposed to some of the greatest … Continued

Spotlight on: Fesq & Co.’s Sophie Stewart

Name: Sophie Stewart, Marketing Manager at Fesq & Company. What was your ‘watershed’ wine moment? During a brief stint living in Melbourne, I realised the city really was one of the most exciting hospitality and wine communities to be. I was embarking on WSET and working in a wine bar with all the cool kids … Continued