International Cool Climate
Wine Show 2023
Christian Maier ‘Liquid Man’ Operation and beverage Manager at University House Melbourne, Sommelier and Wine Consultant
Christian has spent many years in Michelin starred restaurants in France and London UK. Upon arrival in Australia he further developed his skills by focusing on oenology and was appointed to the position of Sommelier at Hotel Sofitel Melbourne in 1994 subsequently being awarded Best Hotel wine list in 1997. In 2000 the Age Good Food Guide handed Christian the inaugural award for Service Excellence.
In 2002 his long love affair with Champagne has seen him being the Australian winner of the Vin de Champagne Award.
Following his role of Head sommelier at Langtons Restaurant and wine bar in 2005 the establishment was awarded the Age Good Food Guide Best Restaurant Wine List, and subsequently Best Club Wine List at the Australian Wine List of the Year Awards four years in a row followed by Hall of Fame, during his tenure as Wine director at the RACV Club and Resorts.
At his current position as Operation and Beverage Manager, Christian oversees the wine purchasing, wine lists, member events and the running of the house at the University House Club, Melbourne University.
He is also a senior judge with over two decades of experience having judged at the French Chamber of Commerce ‘Concours des Vins du Victoria’, Sydney International Wine Competition, Victorian wine show and more recently the International Cool Climate Wine Show.
In the televised media, Christian has been the co-host of the food and wine segment on SBS television with celebrity chef Gabriel Gaté and writes regular wine column for various publications.
Christian also operates a wine consultancy business which has seen him consulting for Six Senses in Thailand, and conducts corporate speaking engagement on various wine themes.
Beverage Director, Crimson Wine & Red Spice Road | CEO, Cliftons Event Solutions
Vanessa Green is a wine show judge, a Director of Crimson Wine specialist wine importer, distributor and consultancy service; Beverage Director for Red Spice Road restaurant in Australia and CEO of Cliftons, a global conference and event solutions company. With vast experience in wines from all over the world, designing award winning wine lists, and running venues and events across multiple countries, Vanessa is passionate about the wine, F&B and event industries.
She is committed to giving back to the industry and nurturing new talent through education, mentor programs and industry associations. Vanessa has a particular focus on the wines of Italy and has spent considerable time traveling the country to gain a deeper understanding of indigenous varietals and local winemaking and styles. Vanessa is a Vinitaly International Wine Ambassador (VIA, Italy), holds professional accreditations from WSET (UK), AWRI (Australian Wine Research Institute), AWAC and is a member of the Commanderie de Bordeaux and Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.
Following her passion for wine, Vanessa judges at wine shows in Australia, Italy and Asia and attends and presents at many wine related events, trade shows and industry forums. This has provided the wonderful opportunity to taste and compare 1000’s of wines from around the world and visit wine regions in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Germany, South America the US, Spain, China and even Burma!
Vanessa’s love of the industry is evident in her wine judging and speaking engagements which include:
5 Star Wines, Vinitaly Wine Show, Wine2Wine
Business Forum - Verona, Italy
Collisioni - Piemonte, Italy
The Melbourne International Wine Competition - Melbourne, Australia
Young Winemakers Competition - Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
As well as regular in person and live stream event presentations, tasting and master class presentations.
Wine Study Tours include research trips to wine growing regions of Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Myanmar.