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

Announcing 2019 Sommeliers Australia Education Scholarship

Applications open until 5pm, Friday 12 July   Held every three years, the Sommeliers Australia Education Scholarship is scheduled to take place on 12-14 August this year. This 3-day education programme is offered to ensure that the next generation of sommeliers receive the training and support required to successfully advance in the profession. Twelve selected … Continued

Greece is the word

Get a taste for “Greece… The Wines, not the Musical” from this write up by Sommeliers Australia member Haz Davies:   One of the perks of being a wine rep is the Monday afternoon wine tasting. It’s a chance to take a break from the rejection and mix up the monotonous; broaden your mind and … Continued

Article: Sommelier insights into Australian wine trends

Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker journalist Eleanor Danenberg recently got in touch with Sommeliers Australia members from across the country, seeking insights on what’s hot in restaurants right now. She also took the opportunity to ask for their advice on what wineries can do to best present their products to on-market outlets and … Continued

Australia gets the Gold! 2019 ASI Diploma results announced.

On Monday 4 March this year, 16 member associations of ASI hosted candidates for the 2019 ‘International ASI Sommelier Diploma’ certification exam. Among the 68 candidates who sat for the exam, only 49 passed. 15 sommeliers obtained the GOLD certificate and 32 the SILVER certificate. For the first time, two candidates sitting for the exam in their … Continued

2019 Ruinart Sommelier Challenge winner announced!

Champagne Ruinart, together with Sommeliers Australia, is excited to announce the winner of the 2019 Australian Ruinart Sommelier Challenge, Manuel Conti of BLACK Bar & Grill. The Sommelier Challenge reflects Champagne Ruinart’s commitment to the development of the global, and local, Sommelier community. The competition was open to all Sommeliers holding a Sommeliers Australia membership … Continued

Sommeliers Australia’s Loic Avril reaches ASI BSoW Top 19

Friday 15 March saw the completion of the ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019 competition, hosted in Antwerp, Belgium, after a week of serious competition. A record 66 talented sommeliers represented 63 countries at the competition, which is in itself extraordinary! As a first time ASI competitor, Sommeliers Australia’s Loic Avril, conducted himself with … Continued

Marc Almert – 2019 ASI Best Sommelier of the World

Antwerp, March 15 2019 At the end of a final round where the three top competitors had to show their knowledge of wine and talent for service and hospitality in front of an audience of over 1,100 people, Marc Almert, a 27-year-old German sommelier who works at the Baur du Lac Hotel in Zurich, was declared … Continued

Ruinart Sommelier Challenge Top 25 finalists announced

Champagne Ruinart and Sommeliers Australia are delighted to announce the 25 selected finalists to take part in the 2019 Ruinart Sommelier Challenge, to be held in Sydney on Monday, 18 March. The finalists represent Australia’s top sommelier talent, who will go in the running for chance to win a once in a lifetime business class trip to … Continued