• New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship recipients announced

    Media Release
    22 August 2019
    New Zealand Winegrowers is pleased to announce the 14 successful sommeliers chosen to participate in
    the 2019 New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship.
    The New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship is a global initiative with sommeliers from Asia,
    Australia, Canada, Europe, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and USA all eligible
    to participate.
    The 2019 event will play host to just 16 international sommeliers, including hosts Master of Wine
    Stephen Wong, and Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas.
    Sommit™ 2019 will be held in Northland, the country’s northernmost, and most spectacularly coastal,
    wine region. 2019 also marks the 200 year anniversary of the first planting of grapevines in New
    Zealand. Reverend Samuel Marsden records 25 September 1819 as the day he planted a vine in the rich
    grounds of the Stone Store, Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands.
    Sommit™ Northland will take place on the two days immediately prior to the anniversary, on 23 & 24
    September, and will be an incredibly special Sommit™, exploring the regions, varieties, landscapes and
    personalities that make New Zealand wine extraordinary, 200 years on.
    As per previous years, the experience remains 100% sommelier-exclusive, with the full day masterclass
    being a closed-door session, shepherded by Cameron and Stephen, but not presented by them. The
    discussion on the day will be informed organically, by what is tasted in the glass. The sommelier guests
    will then head to Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, and finally, Central Otago.
    “Sommit™ is like no other experience for a sommelier,” says New Zealand Winegrowers’ Market
    Implementation & Education Manager, Felicity Turner. “It is an opportunity to taste amongst
    international peers, in the most astonishing New Zealand surrounds, and completely closed door. No
    winemakers, no wine marketers, just on-premise industry professionals tasting, discussing and debating
    without agenda. It’s a truly unique experience for our guests.”
    The 14 successful sommeliers are:
    • Delphin Duan, Edition Hotels (Shanghai)
    • Toshimichi Okamura, The Ritz-Carlton (Osaka)
    • Ashlyn Foster, Quay (Sydney)
    • Bhatia Dheeraj, Est. (Sydney)
    • Wiremu Andrews, Pt. Leo Estate & Laura Restaurants (Melbourne)
    • Brad Royale, Brad Royale Consulting (Alberta & BC)
    Media Release
    22 August 2019
    UK & Europe
    • Jacqueline Doucette, Geranium (Copenhagen)
    • Julia Sewell, Hide (London)
    • Philip Dunne, The Westbury Hotel (Dublin)
    United Arab Emirates
    • Amit Chavan, Hakkasan (Abu Dhabi)
    • Andrew Pettingell, Otium (Los Angeles)
    • Chris Struck, Union Square Café (New York)
    • Ezra Wicks, Bar Ferdinand (Seattle)
    • Jonathan Lopez, The Milling Room (New York)
    To date, the programme has hosted six Sommit™ events, for 97 Sommiteers, from 16 countries.
    Previous Sommit™ events have seen a marked increase in listings of New Zealand wines in top
    international restaurants.

    Editors notes:

    New Zealand wine is exported to more than 100 countries, with total exports reaching $1.83 billion in

    For further information contact:
    Felicity Turner
    Market Implementation & Education Manager
    New Zealand Winegrowers
    +64 21 552 173

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  • Autumn 2019 Wine Diary Update

    Now that summer is almost over, time to take a quick look at the upcoming diary events for Autumn 2019.  The diary is starting to fill, and dates for 2020 are already being booked so make sure you have a look at those too.

    For anyone in the trade interested in the WSET range of courses, don’t miss Tindal Wine Merchants induction day on Thursday 12th Septembermore details in the diary.

    Look out for Portfolio tastings from Liberty Wines (Sept 18th), SPIT (October 24th),  Pembroke Wines (29th Oct) and  JN Wines in Dublin (Nov 5th).

    Whiskey Live will also return to  Dublin Castle on 22nd & 23rd November, 2019.

    Already it is looking like a very busy pre-Christmas season. If you have any events you would like to include in the diary, please email me at jean@jeansmullen.com  There is no charge to include an event.

    Sept 28th Liberty Wine Portfolio Tasting
    Oct 7th SIP 2019 Irish Wine Awards
    Oct 23rd Ribera del Duero Tasti