ASI announces Gérard Basset Lifetime Achievement Award finalists

Paris, France. The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI, is pleased to announce the 5 finalists for the first annual Gérard Basset Lifetime Achievement Award. According to ASI Ambassador, Michéle Chantôme “this is the first award given by ASI. It was important for us to recognize Gérard Basset who has done so much for the … Continued

Best Sommelier of Australia – The Countdown

The Best Sommelier of Australia Stage 3 | Finals are scheduled to take place on Monday 15 March, as a hybrid in-person and virtual event – a first for Sommeliers Australia! The Education Sub-Committee has been working hard to prepare an international standard Finals assessment which will be run concurrently in both Melbourne and Sydney. Candidate preparation With less than … Continued

Announcing BSoA Finals Exclusive Venue Partner – QT Hotels

With the preparations for the Best Sommelier of Australia Stage 3 | Finals now underway, Sommeliers Australia is excited to announce our exclusive Venue Partner, QT Hotels & Resorts. QT Sydney and QT Melbourne will both play host to the Best Sommelier of Australia Finals, with the event taking place in their respective signature restaurants Gowings Bar & Grill … Continued

Welcome to our 2021 National Executive Committee

On Monday 15 February, Sommeliers Australia held its 2020 Annual General Meeting online. Thank you to those members who attended, and took part in the election of the 2021 National Executive Committee. Welcome to our seven National Executive Committee members, who will also sit on their State Event Committee for the duration of 2021:     … Continued

Sommeliers Australia 2020 AGM announced

Sommeliers Australia 2020 National Annual General Meeting Monday 15 February 2021, 11.30am-12.30pm AEDT Held online via Zoom – registration is required Due to the COVID-19 restrictions of the 2020 calendar year, the Sommeliers Australia 2020 Annual General Meeting which would ordinarily have been held in-person in late 2020, was postponed. In consideration of the ongoing … 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

Postponed: Sommeliers Australia AGM & Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 Finals

Due to the current COVID outbreak in Sydney’s Northern Beaches and the NSW/VIC border closure, Sommeliers Australia’s Co-Presidents, Sarah Andrew and Chris Crawford, have agreed that in the interests of the health and safety of all involved, the AGM and Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 competition Finals (originally scheduled to take place in Sydney on … 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

Spotlight on: Handpicked Wines’ Peter Dillon

Name: Peter Dillon, Chief Winemaker at Handpicked Wines (VIC) What was your ‘watershed’ wine moment? Visiting the Hunter Valley with my father as a boy. We visited an old chapel once used by my family, and all the stained-glass windows were motifs of different stories from the growing season, harvest and making of wine. While … Continued