Wine education programmes – learn for free online!

Whether you have some spare time on your hands, or want to squeeze in a bit of extra wine education, you can develop your wine knowledge by signing up for one of these in depth, online wine education programmes:   Australian Wine Discovered – Wine Australia Champagne-MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) – Comité Champagne School … Continued

Women & Leadership Australia Scholarships – applications now open

Sommeliers Australia is pleased to share this scholarship opportunity for women in the hospitality sector, provided by Women & Leadership Australia. Women & Leadership Australia provides world-class leadership development programs for emerging, middle, and senior women leaders. These programs bring together the latest in leadership theory and practice with a focus on applied learning and … Continued

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


Paris, France. The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI, – in its continuing effort to transition from a contest-focused association – has announced the launch of ASI BOOTCAMP 2021. The launch of ASI BOOTCAMP is a step forward for the association. According to ASI President William Wouters “earlier this month we made the ASI guidelines … 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

ASI welcomes 38 new Diploma Graduates

On Tuesday 9 March 2021, 12 ASI member nations* hosted the ‘International ASI Sommelier Diploma’ certification exam, and it is with great pleasure ASI announces 38 new ASI Diploma graduates! This year’s examination was extremely complicated as the ASI Exam Committee was given the task of guaranteeing a fair and equitable process under the extreme … 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