The Court of Master Sommeliers Oceania has announced the results of its Advanced Examinations held in Sydney recently.

The following five students were awarded the title of Advanced Sommelier: Gerard Bellis, Jared Hill (Brae Restaurant), Kyle Poole (Rockpool Bar and Grill Sydney), Leanne Altmann (Andrew McConnell Restaurants), Miguel Giteau (Vue de Monde).

The 2018 Riedel Advanced Sommelier Dux was awarded to Leanne Altmann, making her the first female in the history of The Court of Master Sommeliers in Australia to be awarded the title.

Franck Moreau MS, coordinator of the Court of Master Sommeliers Oceania congratulated Altmann on her achievement.

“This is a tremendous achievement and her expertise, knowledge and dedication to her profession are to be highly commended,” he says.

The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in 1977 to promote excellence in hotel and restaurant beverage services.

Since the first courses were held in Australia in 2008, more than 1000 students have participated in the examinations resulting in: 646 Introductory Sommelier graduates, 285 Certified Sommelier graduates, 37 Advanced Level Sommeliers and just five Master Sommeliers: Franck Moreau MS (Merivale), Sebastian Crowther MS (Real Wines), Benjamin Hasko MS (Luxury Beverage Group), Adrian Filiuta (Merivale) and Jonathan Ross (Rockpool Dining Group).


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