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There are now 369 MWs based in 29 different countries.

The Institute of Masters of Wine has welcomed 18 new members into the exclusive club at its annual awards ceremony.

In between courses, the banquet crowd of wine lovers and wine and culinary industry members honored the 2017 Grand Award and Distinguished Service Award winners, along with the 2016 Wine of the Year. Photo Credit: Shannon Sturgis

Vintners, sommeliers and wine lovers gathered at the Grand Award Banquet to celebrate the best in wine and to dedicate themselves to helping those in need

Certification is seen by many as necessary proof of a sommelier’s skill level, but does it really matter?

When acquaintances learned that I was a sommelier on the floor of a restaurant, their eyes often lit up. “We’ve seen the documentary ‘Somm!’” they exclaimed. “I can’t believe you passed that test. It’s so difficult.” When I responded that I had not taken the Master Sommelier exam, their faces fell. “So you’re not a real sommelier,” they responded, disappointed.

Eighteen trophies were handed out at the 2017 Pier One Sydney Harbour NSW Wine Awards.

The winners of the 2017 Pier One Sydney Harbour NSW Wine Awards were announced at Pier One Sydney Harbour on 27 October. Eighteen trophies were handed out to the state’s best wines.

The ‘Tasting Notes’ app is built around the WSET’s Level 2 Systematic Approach to Wine.

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has launched a new app where drinkers can make and record detailed tasting notes.