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AGM 2020 & Dinner with Des

The Annual general meeting of the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals association which was followed by a delicious dinner spread by Chef Des Harris.

Villa Maria Ngakirikiri 2014 Comparative Tasting

Villa Maria's Ngakirikiri: an icon in the making

Australia Wine Education

A valuable free link 'Australian Wine Discovered' developed by Wine Australia.

Central Otago Update

Central Otago offers so much for the food and wine enthusiast to taste and savour.

Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced Sommelier Certificate

The Court of Master Sommeliers offers four levels of accreditation for sommeliers and beverage professionals, beginning with the Introductory Sommelier Certificate course and examination

Tasting with Champagne Ambassadors - Epernay

The appellation of Champagne is the home to 16,000 growers with over 320 houses of Champagne. The Grandes Marques are those we know well, but there are many grower Champagne houses who offer exciting wines.

50 Anniversary Gala Dinner

ASI Association of Sommeliers celebrated its 50th Anniversary in Reims with a Gala Dinner at the Palais du Tau.

Dion Wai - NZ Sommelier of the Year 2019

Dion Wai, who won Sommelier of the Year 2016 as a 26 year old, has gone on to build his knowledge and skills by competing in 2018 in Hong Kong at the Castel Cup.

Tori Haysom - NZ Wine Professional of the Year 2019

Tori works as a fine wine account manager for Dhall and Nash Wines and previously worked at Glengarry Wines. She holds the Wine and Spirit Level 3 and studied cookery and the Professional Wine Certificate at the New Zealand School of Food and Wine.

Nikki Weir - NZ Young Sommelier of the Year 2019

Nikki has been working in Auckland for some time and was runner-up in the competition in 2018. She shares tips and feedback about her experience.

Leadership in Wine #37 - Anna Krykunivsky

Anna is a British sommelier based in Queenstown. She was awarded Emerging Wine Service Professional of the Year at the Queenstown Hospitality Awards in 2019.

2019 NZ Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Competition

A review of the 2019 competitions exams and tasks

2019 Winners Announced

Dion Wai wins New Zealand Sommelier of the Year for the second time. Nikki Weir wins New Zealand Young Wine Professional and Victoria Haysom wins New Zealand Young Wine Professional 2019.

AGM Agenda 2019

Please find below the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting - July 28 2019

Leadership in Wine #36 - Thomas Moschetta

Thomas is the new cellar door manager at Kinross based in Gibbston, Central Otago. He is a dynamic and talented young leader from France.

Leadership in Wine #35 - John Szabo MS

John Szabo was the first Canadian to add the “MS” after his name in 2004. John will lead two tastings on volcanic wines at the New Zealand School of Food & Wine’s annual W&F Celebration on 27-28 July 2019.

Leadership in Wine #34 - Stuart Dudley

Stuart is the regional viticulturist for Villa Maria based in Marlborough. He is a strong young leader committed to add value to the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #33 - Andrea Martinisi

Andrea is the beverage director at The Grove and Baduzzi Restaurants in Auckland. He is considered to be one of the best sommeliers in New Zealand and one of the best in the world.

Volcanic Wine Tasting

Join John Szabo and taste wines from Volcanic Regions

Leadership in Wine #32 - Marek Przyborek

Marek is the Head Sommelier at Skycity Auckland and 2018 New Zealand Sommelier Of The Year.

Leadership in Wine #31 - Kevin Mapson

Kevin is the managing director of Pernod Ricard New Zealand. He has 20+ years of experience in the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #30 - Yang Shen

Yang is an experienced estate director with a demonstrated history of working in the wine and spirits industry. He currently manages Cloudy Bay estate in Marlborough.

Leadership in Wine #29 - Stephen Wong MW

Stephen is a successful wine educator / consultant sommelier based in Wellington who is also a Master of Wine (MW). He owns and operates The Wine Sentience specialising in hospitality training, wine education, wine lists and tastings.

Leadership in Wine #28 - Andy Crozier

Andy is the sales manager for Burn Cottage vineyard based in Central Otago. He has 19 years of valuable experience in the wine industry in UK and in NZ.

Leadership in Wine #27 - Paul Tudgay

Paul is the commercial director of Rootstock Vinhos in Brazil. Born in England, he lived for 13 years in Queenstown where he was an active and famous contributor to the local wine industry as an educator, mentor and sommelier.

Leadership in Wine #26 - Rodolphe Frerejean Taittinger

Rodolphe is the co-founder and CEO of Champagne Frerejean Frères. He has 14 years of experience in the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #25 - Grant Taylor

Grant is one of the best winemakers and sales people in New Zealand's wine industry. He owns and operates Valli Vineyard which has sites in both Central Otago and the Waitaki wine regions.

Leadership in Wine #24 - Janiene Bayliss

Janiene is a very successful leader who owns and operates Ata Mara Vineyard in Central Otago. She has 20 years of experience in the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #23 - Ben Longhurst

Ben is the National On-Premise Brand Ambassador for EuroVintage. In 2016 and 2014 he was awarded Outstanding Sales Representative at the Lewisham Awards.

Leadership in Wine #22 - Joe Wang

Joe is the managing director and co-founder of The Wine Cave, a fine wine and spirits retail store based in Auckland. He is a certified Sommelier with 20+ years of experience in the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #21 - Murray Cook

Murray is a talented, young winemaker who works for Dog Point Vineyard in Marlborough. He is a future leader of the New Zealand wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #20 - Pete Bartle

Pete has established himself as one of Central Otago’s most successful and respected winemakers with his no nonsense, passionate approach to winemaking.

Leadership in Wine #19 - Candice Chow

Candice is a successful Group Beverage Manager for the chain’s Rata, Madam Woo and Hawker & Roll restaurants (part of 'Go To Collection Ltd' group). She is based in Queenstown and has over 15 years of experience in Hospitality as a Sommelier.

Leadership in Wine #18 - Bob Campbell MW

Bob Campbell ONZM MW was the second New Zealander to hold the Master of Wine credential. He founded The Wine Gallery, an Auckland based wine school, in 1990 and is widely regarded as the New Zealand’s foremost wine educator.

Leadership in Wine #17 - Misha Wilkinson

Misha is one of the best ambassadors of New Zealand wines and with her husband Andy, she owns and operates Misha's VIneyard in Central Otago.

Leadership in Wine #16 - Therese Herzog

Therese is an iconic woman in the Wine industry of New Zealand. Her warm personality and deep knowledge about wine makes Therese a great mentor for many young wine professionals.

Leadership in Wine #15 - Erica Crawford

Erica is the founder and driving force behind 'Loveblock Wine'. Originally from South Africa, she is an industry legend and founder of one of New Zealand’s biggest export brands 'Kim Crawford Wine'.

Leadership in Wine #14 - Jing Song

Jing became the youngest woman – and first Chinese woman entrepreneur – to win the top award at the UK-based International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).

Leadership in Wine #13 - Paolo Basso

Paolo is a high achiever and a very talented Sommelier. He won Best Sommelier of Europe (2010) and Best Sommelier of the World (2013). He is currently a wine producer, wine merchant, wine consultant and wine critic. He has 30 years of experience in Hospitality.

Leadership in Wine #12 - Claudio Heye

Claudio is a well known character in Queenstown. He worked for 15 years at Gibbston Valley Wines first as sales manager and later as director of sales & export. Since 2011, Claudio has been the General Manager of Domaine Thomson Wines, a bio-dynamic estate based in Central Otago.

Leadership in Wine #11 - James Dicey

James Dicey is a successful viticulturist based in Central Otago. He owns and manages Grape Vision, a family business established by his father Robin Dicey in 1996. James was awarded Viticulturist Of the Year in 2018 by Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine.

Leadership in Wine #10 - Tessa Bird-Ritchie

Tessa was the second winner of the New Zealand Young Wine Professional Of the Year competition in 2015. She currently works as a Regional Sales Manager for Delegat based in Auckland.

Leadership in Wine #9 - Dion Wai

Dion was the winner of the New Zealand Sommelier Of the Year 2016. He works currently as sommelier at Huka Lodge in Taupo. He has 10 years experience in hospitality.

Leadership in Wine #8 - Shane Livingstone

Shane is an accomplished and talented vineyard manager with a strong focus on establishing and growing organic and bio-dynamic certified vineyards in New Zealand. He has 27 years of experience in the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #7 - Graeme Lord

Graeme is an outstanding business leader with 16 years of experience in the wine industry. From 2014-2018, he was managing director of Delegat Group.

Leadership in Wine #6 - Andy Gladding

Andy was the winner of the New Zealand Sommelier Of the Year 2014. He currently as a National Food Service and Distribution Manager at Sabato based in Auckland.

Leadership in Wine #5- Angie Atkinson

Angie is a high achiever who has 10 years in the wine industry, and 12 years in Hospitality as a owner of two restaurants and a café. In 2019 she was awarded Outstanding Sales Representative at the Lewisham Awards.

Leadership in Wine #4 - Richard King

Richard was the winner of the New Zealand Junior Sommelier Of the Year 2016. He currently as a sommelier for a new restaurant, Chef’s Table at Hotel Lebua in Bangkok, Thailand.

Leadership in Wine #3 - Clive Weston

Clive has more than 40 years of international wine trade experience, including almost 30 years at the helm of Negociants New Zealand.

Leadership in Wine #2 - Alexis Robin

Alexis was the first winner of the New Zealand Young Wine Professional Of the Year 2014. He currently as an account manager for Delegat and is based in Dunedin.

Leadership in Wine #1 - Annie Millton

Annie Millton, one of the iconic women in the NZ wine, shares her wisdom about Leadership in Wine.

ASI Finals

ASI Best Sommelier 2019 Marc Almert from Germany First Runner Up: Nina Hjgaard Jensen from Denmark Second Runner Up: Raimonds Tomsons from Latvia

Photos and Video of ASI Semi Finals

Take a look at the Semi Final Competition of ASI Best Sommelier 2019

Andrea Martinisi ranked 14th at ASI Best Somm 2019

Andrea Martinisi achieves 14th place at ASI Best Somm 2019

Semi Final Competition

19 candidates from a total of 66 were selected to compete in the semi final on Wednesday 13 March 2019

Getting to know Andrea Martinisi

Andrea Martinisi is the candidate representing New Zealand at ASI Best Sommelier 2019

Candice Chow at Sommit 2019

New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship is a global initiative.

Preparing for ASI in NZ and Antwerp

In the lead up to the ASI Competition, there has been a lot of study and practice sessions for Andrea Martinisi.

ASI Best Sommelier Competition 2019

Every three years ASI Association of Sommeliers International holds a global competition for the best sommeliers in the world. In 2019, this is being held in Antwerp, Belgium.

Family of Twelve Tasting 2019

A Family Yarn from the Family of Twelve turned into a celebration of unique and special stories that characterise how our New Zealand wine world is evolving.

Dion Wai competes in Castel Cup, Hong Kong

Here is Dion Wai's account of his experience at the Castel Young Sommelier Competition in Hong Kong and hosted by the Hong Kong Sommelier Association

Maciej Zimny and Sommeliers in Ningxia, China

In 2015, Maciej Zimny won the New Zealand Sommelier of the Year Competition. In 2018, Maciej was a member of the winning Ningxia One Belt One Road Wine Competition.

New Zealand Wine Professional Awards 2018

Marek Przyborek wins New Zealand Sommelier of the Year 2018. Pictured here with Cameron Douglas MS.

New Committee for next two years

Please welcome our new committee for the next two years including 5 new members.

ASI Best Sommelier World Championship - March 2019

On Monday 10 December, Andrea Martinisi was selected to represent NZ Sommeliers and Wine Professionals at ASI Association of Sommeliers International World Championship in Belgium in March 2018.

Villa Maria Wines
Andrea Martinisi

Join Andrea Martinisi to taste some favourite Italian wines and learn about his earlier life at the Fat Duck

19 Apr 202115:00 - 17:00

New Zealand School of Food and Wine

Online and Onsite Wine Tasting and Presentation