2020 Len Evans Tutorial held over until 2021

With too much uncertainty around interstate travel in the second half of 2020, it has been decided the Len Evans Tutorial will not go ahead in 2020. Applicants who have submitted for 2020 will not need to reapply for 2021 but will have the opportunity to update their proposals or CVs. The 2021 Len Evans … Continued

Discover Variety: online webinar series

As COVID is still restricting the number of in-person events Sommeliers Australia can host nationally, in September we’re launching an webinar tasting series called ‘Discover Variety’. Hosted by Sommeliers Australia Committee members from across the country, each 1 hour webinar session will focus on one variety, and look at three examples from three well known … Continued

JSA announces Best Sommelier of Japan

On 4th August, the final of the Japan Sommelier Association’s Best Sommelier of Japan competition was finally held. Originally scheduled for March, JSA had wanted to engage a large audience but had to abandon the idea due to an increase in the number of new COVID cases in Tokyo. Congratulations to Best Sommelier winner Taku IGURO … 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

Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 – a change to the Top 12

Earlier this month the Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 Top 12 Semi Finalists were announced. Sadly, since then Cyril Thevenet (ACT) has withdrawn from the competition. Cyril and his wife will be returning to their native France in the coming months, and we wish them all the best. The Stage 1 | Entrance Exam results saw Manuel Conti placed … Continued

Wine education programmes – free & online!

Have you got some spare time on your hands? Put those hours to good use and expand your wine knowledge with one of these in depth, online wine education programmes: Wine Australia – Australian Wine Discovered https://www.wineaustralia.com/education Comité Champagne – Champagne-MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) https://www.champagne-mooc.com/ Wines of Portugal – Wines of Portugal Academy https://formacao.viniportugal.pt/ Symington’s – … Continued

Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 – Top 12 Semi Finalists!

The Sommeliers Australia Education Sub-Committee and our Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 Sponsors are delighted to announce the Top 12 Semi Finalists who will take part in the competition’s Stage 2 | Semi Final assessment round. The Stage 1 | Entrance Exam was set at a gruelling international competition level. Only the best 12 candidates, … Continued

Welcome to our Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 sponsors

The Sommeliers Australia National Executive Committee is thrilled to welcome the 12 sponsors that have stepped forward to support the Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 competition! Competition Sponsors Accolade Wines, Saltram Wines, Samuel Smith & Sons incorporating Negociants Australia and Shaw + Smith have all generously contributed towards the competition programme. Candidate Supporters Fesq & … Continued

Announcing the Hospitality Education Grant recipients!

Sommeliers Australia and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) are delighted to announce that a total of 56 Hospitality Education Grants have been awarded. Fully funded through the generous support of WSET and ‘Hospitality Education ticket’ donors, the Hospitality Education Grant allows recipients to complete either WSET Level 1 Wines or Spirits studies, with the support of … Continued