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Leading wine experts descend on Nelson


Some of the world’s top wine experts have arrived in Nelson to attend two days of immersion in the New Zealand wine industry.

Leading international sommeliers have been brought to New Zealand for a wine experience as part of Sommit™, an event held by New Zealand Winegrowers.

The Nelson-based Sommit™ will be held on 1st and 2nd of February with 18 international sommeliers attending. It encompasses two wine dinners and an all-day masterclass, which is a deep dive into New Zealand wine celebrating its lesser known aspects.

Hosted by Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas and Master of Wine Stephen Wong, topics covered include aged Riesling, orange wine, smaller plantings, alternative expressions of Sauvignon and Pinot Gris, and regional expressions of Pinot Noir and Syrah.

New Zealand Winegrowers International Marketing Manager Chris Yorke says Sommit™ is an outstanding way to showcase New Zealand wine to an influential international audience.

“Previous Sommit™ events have seen a marked increase in listings of New Zealand wines in top international restaurants. New Zealand Winegrowers is thrilled to be hosting some of the world’s top sommeliers again.”

Attending Nelson’s Sommit™ event are:

Australia
Emmanuel Cadieu: Head Sommelier - Merivale (est. restaurant), NSW
Morgan Golledge: Head Sommelier - Blackbird Bar & Grill, QLD
Richard Healy: Wine Director NSW & QLD - Rockpool Dining Group, NSW
Sarah Andrew: Sommelier, Consultant & Buyer - Selador Wines, VIC

Canada
Jascha Baraness: Senior Manager, Restaurant and Beverage Services - 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, Toronto

China
Steve Li: Assistant Manager - Yong Yi Ting, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai

Ireland
Jurica Gojevic: Head Sommelier - Adare Hotel, Limerick

Macau
Han Yew Kong: Chief Sommelier - Galaxy Macau

Singapore
Alvin Gho: Co-Founder - Wine RVLT, Beverage Director - The American Club
Britt Ng: Hotel Sommelier - Shangri-La

Sweden
Fredrik Lindfors: Head Sommelier - Grand Hotel, Stockholm

UK
James Devereux: Head Sommelier - Manchester House, Manchester
Stefan Kobald: Head Sommelier - Social Company, London

USA
Billy Nordmeier: Director of Hospitality - The Patio Restaurant Group, San Diego
Hai Tran: Beverage Director & Sommelier - Rittenhouse Hotel, Philadelphia
Keith Nelson: Beverage Director - Tao Group, New York
Lauren Collins Daddona: Wine Director - Les Sablons, Cambridge

New Zealand
Cameron Douglas MS: Writer, Consultant, Wine Judge & Educator - SommNZ, Auckland
Stephen Wong MW: Consultant Sommelier - Wine Sentience, Co-founder - Budburst, Wellington
Anna Krykunivsky: Group Sommelier - Imperium Group, Queenstown

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