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Australia Jeunes Sommeliers

Sydney, May 26, 2014

Pier-Alexis Souliere will represent the Bailliage in Copenhagen

The 2014 Final of Australia’s National Jeunes Sommeliers Competition was held at the InterContinental Hotel in Sydney.

Five finalists from the country’s finest restaurants battled it out in a number of gruelling tests for a chance to represent Australia at the International Final being held in Copenhagen on September 19th.

Pier-Alexis Souliere from Sydney’s ‘est.’ restaurant came out on top, ahead of the four other finalists, James Audas (also from est., Julia Sewell from Rockpool Bar and Grill, Mattia Cianca from Attica, and Adrian Filiuta from Felix.

Judges were Franck Moreau MS – Group Sommelier for Merivale, Michael Engelmann MS – Head Sommelier at Rockpool Bar & Grill, and the National Competition Director, Échanson John Studdert.

This is the second year in a row that an ‘est.’ sommelier has won the opportunity to represent the Bailliage in the International Final. Jarrod Mills achieved the distinction in 2013. Australia’s representatives have had success at the international finals by coming third in the previous two years.

Échanson John Studdert quipped “It is time we achieved Gold!”

John continued “The Chaîne’s competition provides a great opportunity for emerging Australian sommeliers to hone their skills and become exposed to the international sommelier community. The standard of the competition itself is designed to assist in the development of these high achieving sommeliers. We very much appreciate the support from the industry with the InterContinental Hotel Sydney (General Manager Joerg Boeckler is Bailli of New South Wales) as Hospitality Partner, together with the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers and ‘red+white’ as sustaining sponsors.”

John Studdert, Échanson

About the Partner and Sponsors

InterContinental Sydney
Overlooking the world’s most stunning harbour, this Sydney hotel is a true expression of luxury. Built around the historic Treasury Building of 1851, the hotel has one of the oldest operating elevators in the Southern Hemisphere and was built on the site of the first grapevine ever planted in Australia.

Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers
The AABW was formed in 1996 to give a voice to the minority group in the wine industry. Its purpose is one of marketing and information sharing. The AABW commenced the Boutique trend and has given the entire wine industry a brand with incalculable worth. (NB. For the AABW, a wine company is defined as ‘boutique’ if it only crushes 250 tons or less of grapes, the wine from which is sold under their own, independently-owned brand.)

‘red+white’ have been in the fine wine distribution business for over 30 years, with expertise in all aspects of premium wine sales and marketing.