International Cool Climate
Wine Show 2022 
Panel Chairs

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Sarah Andrew DipWSET (Hons)

Sarah is currently President of Sommeliers Australia & Chair of their Diversity & Inclusivity (D&I) Committee. Sarah is currently Business Development Manager for WSET Australia & New Zealand, she brings a wealth of both WSET & industry experience to this role.

Sarah also sits on the WSET global external D&I committee & the Association de la Sommelliere D&I working group. 

 

Sarah began her career in the wine industry in London (2000 - 2004), before relocating to Melbourne in 2005 where she established Selador Wines, a wine distribution business supporting family owned & operated wineries. In 2012 Selador Wines transitioned into a consultancy, offering wineries assistance with their sales, logistics, marketing and business strategy.

 

Sarah completed the Court of Master Sommelier, Certified Sommelier exams in 2010 & was a candidate for the L’Erudito Lorenzo Galli Scholarship in 2011. Sarah then completed the AWRI Wine Judging Assessment Course & WSET Diploma. Sarah has been a certified educator for the Global WSET since 2013. In 2014 Sarah was awarded the Coonawarra Leaders Award Scholarship, which became her WSET Diploma Honours research project. Sarah has also been accepted into the rigorous Masters of Wine program.

 

In 2016, Sarah joined Fine Wine Partners as Business Manager of Fine Wine & Education, In this role she was the buyer for the Museum & Rare portfolio of wine and national educator for the international WSET qualifications. Sarah has also been National On-Premise Business Manager’s role with House of Fine Wine, representing premium brands such as Champagne Bollinger & Ayala; Henschke and Villa Maria. 

 

Sarah is actively involved in various wine & spirit shows around Australia. Details of Sarah’s Judging & Committees below:  

 

Australia

 

Chair

Australian Cool Climate Wine Show (2017 onwards)

 

Panel Chair Judge

Orange Wine Show (2019)

 

Judge

Orange Wine Show (2018 – 2019)

Australian Cool Climate Wine Show (2014 - 2019)

Victorian Wine Show (2017 -2019)

Daylesford Wine Show (2017 -2018)

Royal Sydney Wine Show (2018 - 2019)

Royal Melbourne Wine Show (2018, 2021)

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Sam Plunkett

Sam Plunkett began his winemaking career in 1986 as a lad dragging hoses at Tisdall Wines in Echuca, Victoria. Later he took on responsibility for winemaking at the family business Plunkett Wines, a well-known winery in central Victoria. Later The Fowles Family invested in this business and Sam became the Chief Winemaker at Plunkett Fowles.

 

Today, Sam and his wife Bronwyn head up the team at “Wine by Sam” in Central Victoria, Seymour; having around 8 hectares of their own vines, with access to an additional 53 hectares owned by Alan Plunkett (Sam’s dad). Fruit comes from the Strathbogie Ranges, Heathcote, Pyrenees, Glenrowan & the Yarra Valley.

 

Sam has won numerous accolades including the first Cool Climate Wine to win the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge Trophy for “Australia’s Best Shiraz”

 

 

In 2019 he was voted “Naked Wines” UK Winemaker of the Year – the prize included travel to Chablis to work with Sebastien Christophe at Domaine Christophe. COVID put a hold on the travel, but a virtual collaboration resulted in the release of 2020 Chablis under the Plunkett Christophe brand.

 

 

Sam is currently a member of The Viticulture Society of Victoria, is Deputy Chair of The Victorian Wine Show, and sits as a wine industry representative on the Course Advisory Committee for La Trobe University Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences.

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Fran Austin

Fran Austin moved to Tasmania from her home state of Western Australia in 2001 as Winemaker/Manager at the Bay of Fires Winery. Her passion for Champagne and cool climate wines stretches back to her days studying winemaking at Adelaide University.  Despite many years of winemaking experience across iconic regions such as Burgundy, Oregon, Yarra Valley and the Adelaide Hills, Fran chose to settle in Tasmania due to the unparalleled fruit quality within this special region.

 

Over the last two decades Fran's wines have collected a swag of wine show awards. In 2005 she was awarded Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the year and she was selected as a scholar of the illustrious Len Evans Tutorial in 2009.  Joining her husband, Shane Holloway, in their Delamere Vineyard business in 2011 fulfilled a long-held dream to create exceptional, single-site, cool climate wines.

 

In 2016 Fran was the recipient of the Alcorso Foundation’s Don Martin Fellowship, which funded a three-week study tour of Champagne to research the factors underpinning sustainability of their Grower/Producer sector. The project encompassed in-depth interviews with many renowned family producers, including Pierre Gimonnet and De Sousa, as well as the prestigious houses of Louis Roederer and Verve Cliquot.

 

Fran brings with her extensive experience , having judged at numerous regional and national shows over two decades, as panel judge and panel chair.