2 Australians amongst 57 new certified A.S.I. Sommeliers!

On 26 February this year, 12 Member Associations of A.S.I. played host to 75 candidates for the 2018 ‘International A.S.I. Sommelier Diploma’ Certification Exam. Assessed by the A.S.I. Exam Committee (under the guidance of Giuseppe Vaccarini), the final results revealed that 57 candidates passed, with 23 sommeliers obtaining the Gold certificate, and 34 the Silver certificate. And for the first time ever, a ‘Best of … Continued

Announcing the 2018 Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge winner…

Tim Perlstone of Merivale!   With second place awarded to Remi Craquelin (Iki-Jime) and third place to Patrick Burgun (Barangaroo House). The win is made all the more sweeter as Tim came second in last year’s Challenge. Hosted by Ruinart winemaker, Caroline Fiot, the theme of the wines for this year was thiols and centred on Sauvignon Blanc varietals. The wines tasted … Continued

Announcing Top 26 Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge Finalists

Over 60 applications were received for the 2018 Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge, from talented sommeliers across the nation. After rigorous assessment, the Top 26 has been selected to compete in next Monday’s Challenge: Cory Morris, Bellota Wine Bar Jenna Phillpott, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal Marcus Radny, Jackalope Hotel Tim O’Donnell, L’Hotel Gitan Andres Aragon, Merivale Mattia Antonio Cianca, … Continued

Invitation to Register: Australian Women in Wine ‘Judges Register’

After receiving many requests from wine shows looking for more women to judge, the Australian Women In Wine Awards is preparing an Australian Women in Wine Judges Register. It will appear on the AWIWA website and will be made available to wine show committees and chairs of judges in Australia and overseas as a resource … Continued

President David Lawler retires; Co-Presidents announced.

The Sommeliers Australia National Executive Committee (NEC) would like to announce to all members the retirement of President David Lawler from the National and Victorian Committees. In an excerpt from his ‘Letter to Members’, David writes: “I hope 2018 is bringing a bounty of tasty wine for you all. I have recently taken some time … Continued

Call for Applications: La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Sommeliers Competition

Since 2007, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs has held an annual International Young Sommeliers Competition (Concours Des Jeunes Sommeliers) to offer young sommeliers (who is at least 21 and has not yet reached his or her 31st birthday by the end of the month in which the competition is held) an opportunity to present their skills under … Continued

Aussie Sommeliers join international peers in New Zealand

The first of two groups of Sommeliers Australia ‘Sommit scholars’ arrived in New Zealand last weekend to attend a week-long immersion in the New Zealand wine industry. First launched in association with Sommeliers Australia in 2015, the New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship is now a global initiative with sommeliers from Asia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, … Continued

Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge 2018 – Applications now open

  Champagne Ruinart, together with Sommeliers Australia, is delighted to announce the 2018 Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge. Registrations for this exciting competition are open from 17 January until 28 February 2018.   The Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge invites talented sommeliers with a current ‘Sommeliers Membership’ of Sommeliers Australia, to participate in an annual training day hosted by accomplished Ruinart … Continued

Applications now open for 2018 Young Gun of Wine judging panel

Do you want to join the judging panel for 2018 Young Gun of Wine?? All current ‘Sommelier’ members of Sommeliers Australia are invited to apply for one available position on the Young Gun of Wine judging panel, with judging held in Melbourne on 5 and 6 February 2018. This could be your chance to join … Continued