Newsletter May 2022

  • Alisa Dobronravova

Hi everyone,

We are gearing up for our National Wine Tasting Regional Competitions which has now become our key fundraising event, primarily to help to send candidates to compete in ASI competitions around the world. 

We have venues confirmed at Sky City in Queenstown, NZ School of Food and Wine in Auckland, Ara Institute in Christchurch, Martinborough Town Hall, EIT in Napier. It's going to be fun.  Scroll down to register your team of 4. 

Click here for AUCKLAND: SUNDAY, 3 JULY 2022

15:30pm - 19:30pm
New Zealand School of Food and Wine

Click here for CENTRAL OTAGO: WEDNESDAY, 22 JUNE 2022

14:30pm - 16:30pm 
Skycity Queenstown Casino

Click here for CHRISTCHURCH: TUESDAY, 28 JUNE 2022

17:00pm - 19:00pm 
ARA Institute of Canterbury

Click here for WAIRARAPA: MONDAY. 4 JULY 2022

18:00pm - 20:30pm 
Martinborough Town Hall

Click here for HAWKE'S BAY: TUESDAY, 5 JULY 2022

14:30pm - 16:30pm 
School of Hospitality EIT

On Sunday 31 July, we will host the Final of National Wine Tasting Competition along with the NZ Sommelier Competitions at NZ School of Food and Wine. We are hoping to have some visiting sommeliers join us from Australia to participate in these competitions.

We have also started to run a series of Sommelier Training Sessions to familiarise people with the new ASI Training Grids to prepare candidate for up-coming competitions.


New Zealand National Wine Tasting Competition will take place in 5 regions of New Zealand: AucklandCentral OtagoChristchurchWairarapa and Hawke's Bay. Click on the region to find more information.

This is a unique opportunity to bring people together to taste, learn and evaluate wines and have fun.

How it works:
Get together a group of 4 people to compete at your regional venue. 

One member needs to download the APP Kahoot on their phone or laptop and bring this to the competition. Kahoot is free to register as we own a license. The questions will be shared and counted electronically.

Teams are presented with a series of 8 wines (4 white and 4 red) and asked 5 questions about each wine. Points are allocated for the correct answers with different weightings. Time is limited. 


15:30pm - 7:30pm
New Zealand School of Food and Wine

The National Final will be held in Auckland on Sunday, 31 July 2022. There will also be an open category for you to join and compete with the regional winners. Click here for more information.

Session 1 Sommelier Training

The training was conducted using ASI - Association De La Sommellerie Internationale Blind Tasting Grids.

Wines tasted: Amisfield Riesling 2019 and Amisfield Pinot Noir 2015.

New Zealand Sommelier of the Year Awards 2022

New Zealand Sommelier of the Year Awards will take place on Sunday, 31 July 2022.

Sunday, 31 July 2022. 

Starts at 9.30am NZ Sommelier Competitions

2:00pm  NZ Sommeliers and Wine Professionals AGM  
2:30pm - 4.00pm  - NZ National Wine Tasting Competition: Teams of 4 people with groups coming from around New Zealand.
4:00pm - 6.30pm -  NZ Sommelier and Wine Professional Partners Wine POP UP Tasting
5:00pm NZ Sommelier Final with 3 Finalists competing together 
6:30pm - 10:00pm New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Awards Dinner

Winners announced during dinner

New Zealand Sommelier 
New Zealand Junior Sommelier 
New Zealand Young Wine Professional winners

Venue: New Zealand School of Food and Wine
Level 3, 104 Customs Street West, Viaduct, Auckland



ASI Best Sommelier Asia Oceania

The World’s Best Sommelier Contest has been in existence since 1969.

Association of Sommeliers International (ASI) Asia Oceania Best Sommelier Regional Competition 2022 in Taiwan.

Competitors come from Australia, Japan, Hong Kong & China, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and New Zealand. This was previously held in Japan in 2018. This competition includes blind tasting, practical service assessments such as Precision Pouring for a magnum of Champagne. Problem solving. Theory assessment on wine, beverages and related topics.

7 November 2022   - 10 November 2022 


ASI Bootcamp - Kuala Lumpur

ASI bootcamp in Asia & Oceania is a intensive training camp for junior sommeliers to build and refine their skills and excite them about our hospitality world.

Arrival Sept 4th (Sunday) - Sept 7 2022

In October 2021, this was run in Poland. All European countries were invited to select 2 trainees to join the 3 day learning extravaganza. The Asia Oceania Competition will run in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia in September 2022. New Zealand has been invited to send 2 or 3 candidates.

NZ Sommeliers and Wine Professionals will host training sessions culminating in the NZ Sommelier and Junior Sommelier of the Year Competition on Sunday 31 July 2022. Top candidates will be invited to travel to Malaysia to attend this unique event and opportunity to build skills and talent.

Click here to see a recording of the highlights from October 2021.

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