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Sunday, 26 February 2023 # 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT



3 sommeliers + 3 NSW wines + 3 matched courses
= one “Warrior” to rule them all!

Who. Will. Reign?


Sommeliers Australia’s “Warriors of NSW Wine” Sommeliers Long Lunch is back in February. With the support of NSW Wine we’re bringing three regional sommelier “Warriors” to Sydney for a region vs. region showdown!

The “Warrior of NSW Wine” title holder will be decided on by those in the dining arena, on Sunday 26 February at The Old Clare Hotel.

The battlelines have been drawn by three of NSW’s most talented sommeliers, who will showcase wines from their ‘home’ region:

Gabby Fury (Grafted Wines) representing northern NSW & surrounds

David Collins (Charred Kitchen & Bar, Orange) representing western NSW & surrounds

Lucas Woods (ex-Aubergine, Canberra) representing southern NSW, Canberra & districts, & surrounds


The challenge will be for each “Warrior” to each present three NSW wines to match three courses prepared by the talented Jarrod Walsh (ex-Hartsyard) and team.

Accompanying the three course ‘battle rounds’ will be an aperitif on arrival, plus a glass of something delicious to match a cheese course. In total 11 wines will be served.

The winner will be determined by the gathered wine and food lovers of New South Wales, who will cast votes for their favourite wine matches.

Not only is this a fantastic opportunity to see three of the state’s best sommeliers put through their paces, but the lunch will also include a fundraising raffle and silent auction. This year funds raised will go towards supporting Sommeliers Australia’s Best Sommelier of the World 2023 candidate in travelling to the competition in Paris.

So book a ticket, or for a group, and watch our three “Warriors” in action as they present their best wine match.





Sommeliers Australia Members – $140 + booking fee
[Available for purchase until bookings close at 4pm Friday 17 February]

  • NEW PROCESS: To access the Members priced ticket, Sommeliers Australia Members login at sommeliers.com.au, click the ‘View Available Coupons’ button on the dashboard for their UNIQUE ACCESS CODE. Then proceed to Humanitix and apply the access code on the ticket page to ‘Access hidden tickets’.

Non-Members Earlybird tickets – $150 + booking fee
[On sale until Friday 20 January]

Non-Members tickets – $165 + booking fee
[On sale from 21 January until bookings close at 4pm, Friday 17 February]


Bookings are essential and will be taken until 4pm Friday 17 February, unless booked out prior.

CLICK HERE to book your tickets via Humanitix.



Timing – Doors will open from 12.30 for aperitifs, sitting down at 1pm for lunch. Proceedings will conclude around 4.30pm.

Seating – Seating will be on shared tables; guests can select where they sit.

Menu – Set three course menu, plus cheese course. Please ensure dietary requirements are made known at the time of booking.



Sommeliers Australia would like to thank NSW Wine, The Old Clare Hotel, Calendar Cheese and RIEDEL for generously supporting this event.


NSW Warriors: David Collins, Gabby Fury, Lucas Woods.


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Sunday, 26 February 2023
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
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The Old Clare Hotel
1 Kensington Street
Chippendale, NSW 2008 Australia
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