Sommeliers Australia 2020 AGM announced

Sommeliers Australia 2020 National Annual General Meeting Monday 15 February 2021, 11.30am-12.30pm AEDT Held online via Zoom – registration is required Due to the COVID-19 restrictions of the 2020 calendar year, the Sommeliers Australia 2020 Annual General Meeting which would ordinarily have been held in-person in late 2020, was postponed. In consideration of the ongoing … Continued

Spotlight on: Halliday Wine Companion panellist, Jeni Port

Name: Jeni Port, Halliday Wine Companion tasting panel member & freelance wine writer How long have you been working with wine? I have been a journalist for 44 years. I was a cadet when I started the wine column at The Sun News-Pictorial (now Herald-Sun). It was the biggest selling newspaper of its day and … Continued

Spotlight on: Wine Australia’s Kati Vainionpaa

Name: Kati Vainionpaa, Education Development Manager APAC at Wine Australia. What is the most memorable moment you have experienced during your wine journey? When I celebrated my grandmother’s 100th birthday with her,  sharing a Seppeltsfield 1914 Para Vintage Tawny. Both elegant, temperamental but to be respected! What is the most recent addition to your cellar? … Continued

Spotlight on: Negociants Australia’s Ramon Arnarvas

Name: Ramon Arnavas, Key Account Manager On Trade & Fine Wine Retail at Negociants Australia. How long have you been in the wine industry? I started being serious about wine when I arrived to Australia from Italy in 2004. As a wine waiter I was very lucky to be exposed to some of the greatest … Continued

Postponed: Sommeliers Australia AGM & Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 Finals

Due to the current COVID outbreak in Sydney’s Northern Beaches and the NSW/VIC border closure, Sommeliers Australia’s Co-Presidents, Sarah Andrew and Chris Crawford, have agreed that in the interests of the health and safety of all involved, the AGM and Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 competition Finals (originally scheduled to take place in Sydney on … Continued

Spotlight on: Fesq & Co.’s Sophie Stewart

Name: Sophie Stewart, Marketing Manager at Fesq & Company. What was your ‘watershed’ wine moment? During a brief stint living in Melbourne, I realised the city really was one of the most exciting hospitality and wine communities to be. I was embarking on WSET and working in a wine bar with all the cool kids … Continued

Spotlight on: Handpicked Wines’ Peter Dillon

Name: Peter Dillon, Chief Winemaker at Handpicked Wines (VIC) What was your ‘watershed’ wine moment? Visiting the Hunter Valley with my father as a boy. We visited an old chapel once used by my family, and all the stained-glass windows were motifs of different stories from the growing season, harvest and making of wine. While … Continued

Spotlight on: Voyager Estate’s Travis Lemm

Name: Travis Lemm, Winemaker & Winery Manager at Voyager Estate (WA). What is the most memorable moment you have experienced during your wine journey? Recently collecting Winery of Year and White Wine of the Year for our 2018 MJW Chardonnay in the Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2021. Fantastic results for Voyager and a credit to … Continued

Spotlight on: Best Sommelier of Australia Sponsors

Ahead of the Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 Finals in January 2021, the next installment in the Spotlight Series will shine the light on some of the personalities behind the competition’s Sponsors. Without the support of the local industry, Sommeliers Australia wouldn’t be able to offer career development opportunities such as the Best Sommelier of Australia … Continued

Spotlight on: Sophie Otton

Name: Sophie Otton (Sydney, AU) I am: By day, I work as a wine consultant, sommelier, writer and judge. I am also the owner of She Loves You, a wine and cocktail bar in Newtown, which takes care of my evenings. What inspired me to become a sommelier: I managed to get a job at … Continued