Notification of Sommeliers Australia 2021 AGM

Sommeliers Australia 2021 National Annual General Meeting Monday 20 September 2021, 11am-12pm AEST Held online via Zoom – registration is required In consideration of the ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions and border closures, the 2021 AGM and will be conducted online (via Zoom). All Sommeliers Australia members are invited to actively participate in the meeting which is … Continued

R U OK? to host webinars for the hospitality industry

R U OK? and Australian Foodservice Advocacy Body (AFAB) will present two webinars for hospitality business owners and workers next week. These webinars will offer practical tools and tips to share the R U OK? message and empower stronger connections during these tough times.   Registration Link to Webinar 1: Hospitality Business Owners, Leaders & … Continued

Wine education programmes – learn for free online!

Whether you have some spare time on your hands, or want to squeeze in a bit of extra wine education, you can develop your wine knowledge by signing up for one of these in depth, online wine education programmes:   Australian Wine Discovered – Wine Australia Champagne-MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) – Comité Champagne School … Continued

Article: Managing your mental health when facing a new COVID-19 lockdown

Written by Patrick Wright, posted to ABC Everyday on 27 May 2021, updated 28 June 2021.   It’s understandable if you are feeling upset, anxious or frustrated by news of another lockdown. Dr Zena Burgess, chief executive of the Australian Psychological Society, says people can expect to feel all these emotions, along with fatigue and … Continued

Women & Leadership Australia Scholarships – applications now open

Sommeliers Australia is pleased to share this scholarship opportunity for women in the hospitality sector, provided by Women & Leadership Australia. Women & Leadership Australia provides world-class leadership development programs for emerging, middle, and senior women leaders. These programs bring together the latest in leadership theory and practice with a focus on applied learning and … Continued

Spotlight on: Wiremu Andrews

Name: Wiremu Andrews. I am: Director of Dearth of a Salesman Wine Services. I joined the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group to: help bring about a cultural revolution within the Sommeliers Australia organisation so that more people are inspired to join our community and enable us to achieve greater things within both the wine sphere … Continued


Paris, France. The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI, – in its continuing effort to transition from a contest-focused association – has announced the launch of ASI BOOTCAMP 2021. The launch of ASI BOOTCAMP is a step forward for the association. According to ASI President William Wouters “earlier this month we made the ASI guidelines … Continued

Spotlight on: Curly Haslam-Coates

Name: Curly Haslam-Coates. I am: Wine Educator and Tasmanian Ambassador at Vintage Tasmania. I joined the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group: because I can’t complain if I’m not willing to make things better! My personal mission statement is: Wine for all. In the D&I space, I want to champion: Education and empathy. We are all … Continued

Spotlight on: Meira Harel

Name: Meira Harel I am: Sommelier, wine consultant and Co-Founder of GROW Assembly. I joined the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group to: Turn words into action. Our community is in desperate need of a change and a positive move towards a better future in terms of gender equality, accepting others and supporting young professionals grow … Continued

Spotlight on: Bridget Raffal

Name: Bridget Raffal I am: Sommelier at Where’s Nick Wine Bar I joined the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group to: I’d like to make the industry as a whole a more inclusive space, and Sommeliers Australia is part of that industry. In the D&I space, I want to champion: Efforts to connect with and empower … Continued