Meg Brodtmann

Meg’s life before wine involved Immunology research and a B. Sc. (Hons) degree. There she would regularly devour wine magazines and read Epicure voraciously during breaks. This sparked her initial interest in wine – an interest that was compounded when she drank the first ever vintage of Cloudy Bay (NZ) Sauvignon Blanc, amazed that a wine could have so much perfume and flavour.

After realizing spinning cells in a centrifuge wasn’t for her, she went back to University to study Winemaking at Roseworthy, then on to vintages here and in France before accepting an offer with U.K. based winemaking consultancy, Cellarworld International. There Meg oversaw winemaking projects in France, Spain, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Chile & Argentina for the next five years.

The following seven years saw Meg in Chile as a Senior Winemaker, launch a wine brokering consultancy (Southern Cross Wines – Chile), introduce WSET Courses to South America (Chile & Brazil) AND in 2002, become Australia’s first female Master of Wine.

Since then Meg and her family have returned to Australia where she has continued with winemaking consultancy and wine education, not only teaching WSET levels 3 and 4 with the Prince Wine Store, but also training WSET Educators in Australia for WSET U.K. Her wine judging accolades include The International Wine Challenge (UK), current Chair of the International Cool Climate Show, judge for Sydney International Wine Show (Top 100), AND she is also involved with the Master of Wine Australasian Events Committee and the annual Educational Residential Seminar.

Meg is in awe of Riesling in all its guises, calling it the most versatile, delicious, cheeky, racy grape ever put on this planet. Though she’d never say no to anything sparkling – Champagne (1st choice of course), Prosecco, Blanquette de Limoux, and a not-so-secret love of Frizzante or sparkling Moscatos (much to the horror of many winemaking friends!)

We are so very pleased to have Meg Brodtmann on board as such an integral part of the WSET Programme at the Prince.

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Kate started early in the wine industry, at the age of 9, she picked grapes for the first time at Dr John Middleton’s Yarra Valley vineyard, Mount Mary and in the same year her father bought a piece of land on the Mornington Peninsula. For the next ten years she discovered first-hand what was involved in planting a vineyard and starting up the winery, Moorooduc Estate.

From 1991-1995 she completed an Arts Honours degree at Monash Clayton, majoring in Drama and Theatre studies with Honours in French language and literature. She spent six months of her Honours year studying in Lyon, researching a thesis on wine and food as an integral part of the French cultural identity.

In 1996 – 2000 she began her career in the wine industry at Philip Murphy Wine and Spirits. From 2000-2003 she worked as Business Development Manager for Italian wine importer and wholesaler, Trembath Taylor Tucker/T3 Fine Wine. In 2003 she combined freelance wine writing, wine education and study, with part-time work in the family business (www.moorooducestate.com.au). She became a full-time employee at Moorooduc Estate, in the role of Marketing Manager, in June 2009.

In 1998 Kate was the inaugural winner of the Negociants Working with Wine Fellowship and in 2001 was the Professional winner of the CIVC Vin de Champagne Award. In July 2003, Kate was inducted into the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

On Friday 3rd September 10, 2010, Kate was one of nine new Masters of Wine (world-wide) announced by the London based Institute of Masters of Wine (www.mastersofwine.org).

Kate qualified as a WSET approved educator in 2008 and has been involved since then in writing and teaching the WSET Diploma and III courses in Melbourne as well as training new Victorian WSET educators for levels II and III.

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Joshua Elias graduated from a bachelor of Law at Monash University in 2008. During his time as a student he worked at restaurants as a part-time waiter and he quickly ‘up-skilled’ and self-educated to become a sommelier.

Upon completion of his law studies he made the choice to continue his hospitality work in deference to taking articles and being approved to practice law. “Working at Bistro Vue and Vue de Monde I frequently served solicitors and barristers most of whom had a keen interest in wine. I figured I’d bypass the legal practice and end at the same destination — wine.” After Vue de Monde, Josh worked for just under two years at Attica restaurant during the formation of its current reputation; when it was awarded 53rd best restaurant in the world. Subsequently Josh worked on the floor at Grossi Florentino before his current role as a wine consultant and editorin- chief at Alquimie Publication.

As one of nine Australians to hold an advanced diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers and Dux of Victoria’s first WSET diploma intake, Joshua is highly qualified in his wine pursuits. His final target being the illustrious company of the 5 people in world that have master degrees as both a master sommelier and master of wine. He is at the final stages of both degrees.

Travelling regularly for his wine education, Joshua is an alumni of the Sommeliers Australia National Scholarship amongst many other industry awards. Joshua’s current project, Alquimie, is an embodiment of his hopes and aspirations for selfeducation. “Alquimie is the path forwards. There is no limit to what can be learned from collaboration with journalists and enthusiasts from around the world. This is continuation of a journey that centres around drinking culture. Food, language and history all influence what we drink and of course the drinks themselves are nothing — if not for the company of the people we enjoy them with.

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Raul is the Spanish expert at Prince Wine Store and delivers the PWS Spanish and Portuguese Wine Courses plus he is an enthusiastic contributor to the WSET Level 2 and Level 3 programs and more recently specialist lecturer for the WSET Diploma.

His training as sommelier at London’s awardwinning Mirabelle restaurant, with chef Marco Pierre White, was the beginning of his professional wine journey that has included extensive education and vocational experiences. These include the Len Evans Tutorial, the WSET Diploma, a Master of viticulture and wine science at Melbourne University, as well as judging at the International Croatian Wine show and other unusual destinations. Raul loves to make his own wine out of Portuguese varieties in Portugal, South Africa and Australia. He is well versed on the topic of all things wine.

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Sebastian joined the Prince Wine Store in 2007 after completing a BA and Hons in Philosophy and Comparative Literature. He has a life long love of wine inherited from his father and worked in many aspects of the wine industry from supermarket chains and wine bars. The former manager of the original Prince Wine Store St Kilda and he now oversees the organisation of the weekly tasting schedule, events and website content.

Sebastian’s love of wine and travel have led him to France and Italy and will so again. Like all the members of the Prince team he is passionate about wine, particularly Barolo, Burgundy, Bordeaux, German Riesling, Champagne, the wines of Tuscany and American Beer. Sebastian has completed his WSET Diploma and teaches the Prince Wine Store in house Basic Wine and French Wine Courses, Burgundy Masterclass with Philip Rich, WSET Courses and frequently hosts corporate and private events.

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For Sean, a passion for wine has found its outlet in wine writing and wine education. He completed the exacting Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) diploma and became an Associate Member of the Institute of Wine and Spirits (AIWS) in 2014.

Along the way, Sean was awarded The Bibendum PLB Blason de Bourgogne Scholarship as a high achieving graduate of the WSET Diploma, The Wine Communicators of Australia prize and shortly intends to apply for the admission to the Master of Wine programme. Sean is a Certified WSET Educator, contributes to wine education at Prince Wine Store, is a member of Wine Communicators of Australia and a graduate of the WSET Advanced Certificate in Wine and Spirits (2008). He also writes for print and online wine media, including recently for Alquimie and Vinodiversity magazines and has authored the independent wine blog grapeobserver.com since 2009. Sean otherwise holds a Master of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, and has practiced law for more than 15 years having worked at leading firms in Australia and England.

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Russell started his professional life as a secondary school teacher so his interest in teaching WSET Level 2 & 3 came naturally once his career changed to selling wine in later years.

Russell worked in management roles for Negociants for over 15 years and then he started his own company – Russell Gehling Wines in 2007. He represents Australian, New Zealand and European producers. Russell feels blessed that his hobby and passion are also his vocation.

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Emma’s education began with an interest in food, wine and all things hospitality when she completed a BA Hons in Hospitality Management in the UK. This interest soon turned into a passion for wine when Emma completed her WSET Level 3 and Diploma. With thorough wine and hospitality credentials Emma moved to Australia where for 10 years she worked as a successful sommelier in the competitive Sydney restaurant scene.

Her work in restaurants led to an interest in wine at a more grassroots level and she did a vintage with Willow Creek, Mornington Peninsula. Emma managed the Port Phillip & Kooyong Cellar Door over the past couple of years and currently enjoys teaching WSET Level 2 at the Prince Wine Store….and now in the Mornington Peninsula

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Annette has a strong background is Hospitality, having been a Sommelier at some of Sydneys finest 2 and 3 hat restaurants and is currently the Sommelier at Pei Modern in Sydney.

With a passion for wine education Annette has taught WSET 1 – 4 for the past 8 years and has excellent pass rates with her students.

She completed WSET Level 3 and Diploma and was a finalist in the 2014 Professional Vin de Champagne Awards. She is currently in the Masters of Wine Programme.

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Alex’s lifelong passion for wine and food was inspired by his mother, Sue, and it was only a matter of time before his passion became his career.

After deferring his studies, Alex decided to cycle, eat and drink his way around Europe . Not since WWII had Europe’s food stocks been placed under such strain and after a short meeting at the Hague the nations of the EU decided to deport Alex back to Australia. Exhausted but inspired, Alex returned to undertake an Honours degree in Agricultural Economics at Sydney University , specialising in the international wine trade, the third degree year of which was spent at the University of California, Davis.

Alex’s wine industry life embraced all facets of the trade including wholesale, restaurants and retail before becoming a partner at Prince Wine Store. Having worked several vintages in Victoria, Western Australia and Tuscany , Alex is committed to educating customers and friends alike on all the joys wine has to offer. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the South Melbourne store.

He lives in the country with his wife, Kirsty and their children, Henry, Jemima and Charlie.

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Michael’s family immigrated to Australia in 1962 from a small village in England called Ireland. After wandering various paths, Michael decided to try the wine industry, joining retailer Philip Murphy in 1996. Michael was the Imported Wine Manager for the Philip Murphy Group for four years before establishing his own business; a small wine export company specialising in premium Australian brands.

During this time, Michael created a number of new labels for overseas markets and helped to shape the wine styles of these export brands. Michael became a partner in the Prince Wine Store at the beginning of September 2004 after commencing at the store in March 2003. Michael has a passion for all styles of wine, particularly the wines of Italy, California, Burgundy and Bordeaux.

As wine is both his passion and profession, Michael spends much of his work and leisure time travelling the world’s wine areas. This includes regular trips within Australia, Italy, France and the occasional trip to California. When not drinking wine, Michael likes to relax with a beverage and indulge his other great love, Trugo. He is married to Julia and they have two children, Vinnie and Maeve.

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