Sommeliers Australia’s Loic Avril reaches ASI BSoW Top 19

Friday 15 March saw the completion of the ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019 competition, hosted in Antwerp, Belgium, after a week of serious competition. A record 66 talented sommeliers represented 63 countries at the competition, which is in itself extraordinary! As a first time ASI competitor, Sommeliers Australia’s Loic Avril, conducted himself with … Continued

Marc Almert – 2019 ASI Best Sommelier of the World

Antwerp, March 15 2019 At the end of a final round where the three top competitors had to show their knowledge of wine and talent for service and hospitality in front of an audience of over 1,100 people, Marc Almert, a 27-year-old German sommelier who works at the Baur du Lac Hotel in Zurich, was declared … Continued

Ruinart Sommelier Challenge Top 25 finalists announced

Champagne Ruinart and Sommeliers Australia are delighted to announce the 25 selected finalists to take part in the 2019 Ruinart Sommelier Challenge, to be held in Sydney on Monday, 18 March. The finalists represent Australia’s top sommelier talent, who will go in the running for chance to win a once in a lifetime business class trip to … Continued

ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019 contest: Semi-Finalists revealed!

Antwerp, March 12, 2019 After a first round of practical and technical tests that took place over two days, the semi-finalists who are still in the race for the title of ASI Best Sommelier of the World have been revealed. Only 19 of the 66 candidates who came to Antwerp have been selected for the … Continued

ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019 contest begins in Belgium

Antwerp, March 11, 2019 –Today marks the beginning of the most highly-awaited event in the sommelier world: the ASI Best Sommelier of the World contest, where 66 candidates from 63 countries – a record number, on both counts – will see years of learning, study and practice culminate, with one sommelier coming away, on 15 March, … Continued

NZ Wine 2019 Sommelier Scholarship – A re-cap from over the Ditch

Earlier this month, the Australian recipients of the New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship returned from more than 10 days across the ditch on an intensive programme that included Sommit™, the International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration in Marlborough and the Chardonnay and Sparkling Wine Symposium in Gisborne. First launched in association with Sommeliers Australia in 2015, the … Continued

La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs 2019 Young Sommeliers Competition

La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Australia invites young Australian-based sommeliers to compete in the 2019 International Young Sommeliers Competition. The Competition offers young sommeliers the opportunity to present their skills and “savoir faire” under highly competitive, intense and gruelling testing conditions at the National and International levels.  It promotes their expertise and provides them help, encouragement … Continued

Working with Wine Fellowship

The Working with Wine Fellowship is again offering 160 of Australia’s most promising future wine professionals the opportunity to advance their wine education by participating in the 2019 Working with Wine Education Program. Candidates for the Working with Wine Fellowship are required to sit a National Entrance Exam being held on Tuesday 19 February 2019. … Continued

The Ruinart Sommelier Challenge returns in 2019 – applications now open

Champagne Ruinart and Sommeliers Australia are delighted to announce the 2019 Ruinart Sommelier Challenge to be held in Sydney on Monday, 18 March. Applicants will go in the running for chance to win a once in a lifetime business class trip to France for exclusive training at Maison Ruinart. Applications can be made online until … Continued