Committee Spotlight on: David Murphy (NSW)

I AM: David Murphy, co-owner and sommelier of One Penny Red (NEC & NSW Committee)   I BECAME A COMMITTEE MEMBER TO: Have the ability to help teach others and give back to the industry I love, as others had done for me over the years.   MY BACKGROUND IS: It always comes down to … Continued

Committee Spotlight on: Pip Anderson (TAS)

I AM: Pip Anderson, Hospitality Operations Manager at MONA (Tasmanian Committee)   I JOINED THE COMMITTEE TO: Create a welcoming space of round table discussions including sommeliers, winemakers, cellar door and hospitality staff; to open conversations about wine and wine education, and how we see the Tasmanian landscape evolving.   MY BACKGROUND IS: I was … Continued

Spotlight on: Sommeliers Australia Committees

In mid-November our ‘Spotlight’ industry profile series returns.   Rather than looking outward at those who inspire us, this time we’re turning the spotlight on ourselves!   Over the coming months, get to know the personalities behind Sommeliers Australia – our dedicated volunteer Committee members.   It is this amazing group of people who bring … Continued

WSET launch education initiative with NICI for indigenous students

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has launched a ground-breaking initiative, as part of its diversity and inclusion programme, to help support indigenous students develop careers in the Australian drinks industry. Working closely with the National Indigenous Culinary Institute (NICI) – the organisation which aims to create highly skilled indigenous chefs through elite training, … Continued

New ‘Sommeliers Australia D&I – ASI Diploma Scholarship’ for women/non-binary sommeliers

Ahead of the 2022 ‘International ASI Diploma for Sommelier’, Sommeliers Australia is offering two women/non-binary* Professional members – working as sommeliers – the opportunity to take part in the ASI Diploma through the newly introduced Sommeliers Australia D&I – ASI Diploma Scholarship. Developed to support the further education and career progression of women/non-binary sommeliers in … Continued

‘International ASI Diploma for Sommelier’ certification exam announced for 2022

Registration opens in early 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 World … Continued

Announcing new ASI Certification 1 qualification

Since 2012, ASI (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) has been providing exams to very high-level sommeliers, with the ASI Diploma organised by the Exam Committee (headed by Giuseppe Vaccarini) and conducted locally by ASI national association member, Sommeliers Australia. In 2021, to encourage and support a new generation of sommeliers in developing their professional skills … Continued

Welcoming the 2021/2022 National Executive Committee

On Monday 20 September, Sommeliers Australia held it’s 2021 AGM online. During the meeting, those members in attendance voted in a new National Executive Committee to govern Sommeliers Australia for the coming year. We are excited to welcome a number of new faces to the NEC, each of whom will add depth to the diverse … Continued

Announcing National Events Committees for 2021/22

On Monday 20 September, the Sommeliers Australia National AGM was held online, with association members and Events Committee representatives in attendance from across the country. Sommeliers Australia is delighted to announce that the National Executive Committee for 2021/2022 was voted in by members – with some new faces joining the group and bringing with them … Continued

The Golden Vines Global Online Charity Auction, 23 Sept-7 Oct 2021

From 23 September, fine wine and rare spirit lovers globally will be able to bid on a unique set of 73 auction lots in The Golden Vines Fine Wine, Rare Spirit & Experience Charity Auction. Proceeds from the auction will go to Gerard Basset Foundation (Charity Registration Number: 1193020) to fund diversity and inclusion wine … Continued