Vale Franck Crouvezier

On 1 September 2019, the dynamic sommelier Franck Crouvezier sadly passed away. During the 1990s, Franck was an instrumental figure in the development of the Australian Sommeliers Association in Sydney. As then sommelier and co-owner of the Italian restaurant Bel Mondo, Franck developed a professional training course to educate Sydney’s next generation of sommeliers and … Continued

State and National Committees Announced for 2019/2020

On Sunday 18 August, the Sommeliers Australia National AGM was held in Melbourne, with State and National Executive Committee representatives present. During the meeting, a renewed National Executive team was voted in to manage the association for the 2019/2020 period. Sarah Andrew and Chris Crawford will continue on as Co-Presidents until 2021, Greg Richardson retained … Continued

Sommeliers Australia signs Diversity and Equality in Wine Charter

On Sunday 18 August, those Members present at the national 2019 AGM voted unanimously that as an association, Sommeliers Australia would become a signatory of the Australian Grape & Wine Diversity and Equality in Wine Charter (DEW). Sommeliers Australia is proud to support diversity and equality within the wine industry, and offers its Members every … Continued

NZ Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship recipients announced

New Zealand Winegrowers and Sommeliers Australia are pleased to announce the three successful Australian sommeliers chosen to participate in the 2019 New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship. Congratulations to: Ashlyn Foster, Quay (NSW) Bhatia Dheeraj, Est. (NSW) Wiremu Andrews, Pt. Leo Estate & Laura Restaurants (VIC)   Ashlyn, Bhatia and Wiremu will be joined by … Continued

Announcing the 2019 Sommeliers Australia Education Scholarship Dux!

On Sunday 18 August, the Top 3 Finalists of the 2019 Sommeliers Australia Education Scholarship – Bridget Raffal, Mirko Scanu, Penelope Vine – were put to the test in front of a live audience of sommeliers and wine industry professionals at the Gala. This final test would reveal which one of these talented young sommeliers … Continued

Congratulations to our 2019 Education Scholarship Finalists!

After 3 intense days of tasting – through 6 brackets and a masterclass of Australian Icons – the 2019 Education Scholarship programme concluded last night with the announcement of not 2, but 3 finalists! Education Scholarship Partners and Scholarship Tutors were on hand at the Post-Scholarship Reception to congratulate the Top 3 performers of the Scholarship: Bridget Raffal, Mirko Scanu and Penelope … Continued

Announcing the 2019 Education Scholarship Scholars

The Sommeliers Australia Education Sub-Committee and our Education Scholarship Partners are pleased to announce the 12 Scholars selected to attend the 2019 Sommeliers Australia Education Scholarship. The Education Scholarship was created to ensure that the next generation of sommeliers receive the training and support required to successfully advance in the profession. The 2019 Education Scholarship received close to … Continued

Announcing the 2019 Education Scholarship Partners

The Sommeliers Australia National Executive Committee is thrilled to announce that 10 Scholarship Partners have stepped forward to support the 2019 Education Scholarship programme. Major Partner Wine Australia is committed to working with Sommeliers Australia across a number of current and future major events. A select number of 2019 Scholars will be offered an opportunity to take … Continued

Something Old, Something New – Australia’s Emerging Varieties

Get a taste for “Australia’s Emerging Varieties” from this write up by Haz Davies:   One very rainy, grey, windy Melbourne morning, the Australian avant-garde of winemaking descended from all corners of the country to discuss the emergence of the alternative grape variety. Kim Chalmers (Chalmers), Steve Pannell (SC Pannell), Rollo Crittenden (Crittenden) and Brad … Continued

Sommeliers Australia 2019 AGM Announced

The Sommeliers Australia 2019 National Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday 18 August, 1.30-3.30 in Melbourne. The AGM will be followed by ‘Italian Summer’ the Victorian Chapter’s annual Gala event, where the new National Executive Committee will be announced.   Expressions of Interest As a member of Sommeliers Australia the AGM is your opportunity to … Continued