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Sommeliers Australia launches into Queensland and Western Australia

This year will be exciting for Sommeliers Australia, and it starts with the launch of State-based chapters in Queensland and Western Australia in February, led by the some of the best chefs and sommeliers in each State.

Sommeliers Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that has a growing paid membership, attracting not just hospitality, wine and beverage professionals, wine journalists and industry suppliers, but also general wine enthusiasts who are eager to learn the same wine insights as the professionals. It relies on a volunteering group of Australia’s leading sommeliers, who are passionate about delivering representation, knowledge, education, skills and qualifications to the Australian hospitality industry and beyond.

While the New South Wales and Victorian chapters of the association agreed to form a national body in 2007, co-presidents Ben Edwards, Ben Moechtar and committees have now formalised a constitution, which solidifies the association’s principles. Sommeliers ply their trade across the country, and the constitution will guide the path for the establishment of State-based chapters in 2009, commencing with Queensland and Western Australia.

In Brisbane – Tuesday 10 February: Matt Brooke (sommelier, ISIS) and Peter Marchant (sommelier, Restaurant Two) will host a lunch event at Brisbane’s Restaurant Two that will showcase three of Brisbane’s most acclaimed chefs – David Pugh (Restaurant Two), Jason Peppler (formerly of ISIS) and Paul McGivern (Manx) — with dishes matched to local and imported wines.

In Perth – Tuesday 17 February: Emma Sputore (sommelier, Must Wine Bar) will host a lunch event at Perth’s Must Wine Bar featuring the local cheffing talents of Russell Blaikie (Must Wine Bar), Jason Jujnovich (Divido) and Clint Nolan (Harvest), with matched wines from local producers and beyond.

At both events, Sommeliers Australia co-president Ben Edwards will introduce guests to the association and its plans for 2009, including specific, ongoing initiatives in each State as well as nationally. Attendees can also pledge their support for the association by signing up as members at each event.

Bookings essential via www.sommeliers.com.au Tickets are $60 (members) and $80 (non-members) – all inclusive (guests can sign up as members on the website to receive the member rate).

For further information please contact Llawela Forrest, email or mobile 0400 586 991.

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