Nominees for NSW & VIC Chapter Committees

As previously announced, the Sommeliers Australia NSW and Victorian Chapters are holding Committee elections in order to form new State Committees for the 2018/2019 period. The association has been lucky enough to receive a huge number of nominations in both NSW and Victoria over the past few weeks, from current members wanting to contribute their … Continued

NSW & VIC State Chapter Committee Elections

On Monday 20 August, the Sommeliers Australia NSW and Victorian Chapters are holding Committee elections in order to form new State Committees for the 2018/2019 period. This is your opportunity as a current Sommeliers Australia member to contribute to the association and have a say in how the NSW and Victorian Chapters of Sommeliers Australia … Continued

Announcing 2019 NZ Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship

– APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN –   New Zealand Winegrowers and Sommeliers Australia are excited to announce that applications for the 2019 NZ Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship are now open for Australian applicants, with the addition of a new ‘One to Watch’ category created for emerging talent in the industry.   First launched in association with Sommeliers Australia … Continued

We did it! Australia to host ASI Best Sommelier of Asia Oceania 2021

Monday 18 June, Tbilisi After months of planning and preparation, Co-President Sarah Andrew presented Sommeliers Australia’s intention to host the ASI Best Sommelier of Asia Oceania 2021 competition. Our intention was unanimously voted in favour of by the international ASI members present at the ASI 2018 General Assembly in Tbilisi, Georgia. As part of the 2021 competition, … Continued

Sommeliers Australia 2018 National AGM announced

The Sommeliers Australia 2018 National Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday 26 August, 2-4pm in Melbourne. The AGM will be followed by the Victorian Chapter’s annual Ball, where the new National Executive Committee and President will be announced.   Expressions of Interest The AGM is your opportunity as a member to have a say in … Continued

Canadian takes out Best Sommelier of the Americas title

Pier-Alexis Soulière is 2018 Best Sommelier of the Americas On 24 May in Montreal, Pier-Alexis Soulière from Canada was crowned the Best Sommelier of the Americas, after winning a dramatic final over Martin Bruno from Argentina, who came second, and Carl Villeneuve Lepage, also from Canada, who ended third. As Best Sommelier of the Americas, … Continued

2018 Vin de Champagne Awards – Applications Now Open

The search for Australia’s ultimate Champagne brain!   The Vin de Champagne Awards seek to discover those Australians who are truly passionate about Champagne. It is the search for the ultimate Champagne brain. The 2018 concours is the 43rd edition of this coveted wine award. It is unique to Australia and is organised on behalf of … Continued

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