Committee Spotlight on: Mirco Tarducci (WA)

I am: Mirco Tarducci, Group Beverage Manager, Steves (WA Committee) I became a Committee member to: I joined the committee to help existing and aspiring young wine professionals develop their skills and learn their craft in a friendly, inclusive, positive environment, and to share my passion for this industry. Hospitality has changed in the past … Continued

2022 ‘International ASI Diploma for Sommelier’ certification exam

Registration opening in early February 2022   Certification from Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) gives sommeliers the opportunity to be recognised worldwide as having a high level of knowledge and skills. Newly ASI certified sommeliers will become part of an elite group of international, many of whom are the winners of ASI Continental and … Continued

Committee Spotlight on: Evan Milne (VIC)

I AM: Evan Milne, Chief Whip #Stockonhandwines (VIC Committee)   I BECAME A COMMITTEE MEMBER TO: Support the future of our industry.   MY BACKGROUND IS: From hospitality worker at Vue de monde, Walters Wine Bar, Royal Mail hotel to restaurant owner of Scorched in Torquay my focus was always on wine and guest experience. … Continued

Committee Spotlight on: Bridget Raffal (NEC & NSW)

I am: Bridget Raffal, sommelier at Where’s Nick Wine Bar. I am also involved in the running of Women and Revolution (NSW & National Exec. Committees) I became a Committee member to: Help affect cultural change within the organisation and the wine industry as a whole. My background is: I’ve always worked in hospitality and … Continued

ASI Certification 1 results announced

Congratulations to the Australian sommeliers, and their peers worldwide, who passed the first-ever ASI Certification 1 exam! In what was a truly worldwide exercise, 242 candidates (representing 29 nationalities) sat the inaugural ASI Certification 1 exam on 10 December 2021 in 17 countries. The ASI Exam Committee’s rigorous 100 question exam really tested the candidates … Continued

Committee Spotlight on: Mirko Scanu (NSW)

I am: Mirko Scanu, Business Development Executive (NSW & ACT) at Penfolds (NSW Committee) I became a Committee member to: Share my passion for wine and wine education through the association’s initiatives. My background is: I am from Italy but I have been in Australia for 10 years now. I have worked in various roles … Continued

Committee Spotlight on: Osvaldo Tognella (VIC)

I am: Osvaldo Tognella, Co-Owner/Sommelier of Ostēr (VIC Committee) I became a Committee member to: Help Sommeliers Australia in growing and have more people appreciate this role [of the sommelier]. Also to gain more experience, create new relationships through networking, plus to add to my personal development and growth. My background is: I am originally … Continued

Committee Spotlight on: Sarah Atkinson (WA)

I am: Sarah Atkinson, Owner + Sommelier at Le Rebelle and Bar Rogue (WA Committee) I became a Committee member to: try and help bring a little love to the west. Being so far away from the eastern states we tend to miss out on some of the bigger events so just hoping to gain … Continued

Committee Spotlight on: Chris Crawford (NEC & VIC)

I am: Chris Crawford, Group General Manager – Beverage for Crown Resorts (VIC & NEC Committees) I became a Committee member to: To help create a better pathway in the hospitality industry and to hopefully encourage the next generation to get involved in it. Two things people may not know about me… (1) My parents … Continued

Committee Spotlight on: Lisa Cardelli (VIC)

I am: Lisa Cardelli, State Sales Manager for Terroir Selections and WSET educator (VIC Committee & D&I Working Group) I became a Committee member to: Initially because I felt invisible and irrelevant in the Australian wine industry. Over the years instead I’ve realised that I’m here because I like to share knowledge, wine and always … Continued