Around The World Wine Showcase

Rob Stein
10th Mar 2015

Travel the world one glass at a time at March into Merivale's Around the World Wine Showcase and experience tastings from over 135 of Merivale’s world-class wines in one unmissable evening this Wednesday 11th March.

For only $45 per person, wine lovers will enjoy unlimited tastings from 14 countries plus two tasting dishes per person. Around the World takes over two floors of ivy for one night only with an enviable line up of the finest drops. The good news is that there are still tickets available for purchase at

We caught up with Merivale Group Sommelier Pip Anderson ahead of the event.

1. Run me through the Around the World Wine Showcase. Ivy is known for its extensive cellar, what's special about this journey?

Around the World Wine Showcase is a fantastic opportunity for our customers to come and sample wines from all corners of the globe.

Previously we have focused on our Wine Fairs being Around the World in 80 Whites or Around the World in 80 Reds. As part of March into Merivale 2015, we have decided to showcase all hues of wines in one fantastic event. We have Wines from 14 countries- including a Sake Bar from Japan, a Rosé Bar, a Villa Maria bar as well as our Chandon & Möet & Chandon Bar. There will be over 135 wines to taste under the guidance of our Team and Suppliers.

2. Labelling oneself as a hospitality professional in Australia is slowly becoming a widely accepted and respected identity. With so many niches to choose from in such a broad industry, what brought you and wine together? I personally was a Chef for 10 years, and developed a passion in wine. An opportunity arose for me to study wine when the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) came to Sydney in 2009, I was converted and began my career as a Sommelier.

3. Rumour has it you started as a chef before your current role. What if any special food pairings have you got for the Around the World Wine Showcase?

For the Around the World Wine fair, we are focusing on the wines. There will be some delightful Snacks from Richard Purdue (Head Chef of Events). There will be Pimento Empanadas which will be a perfect match with the Descendientes de J. Palacios ‘Ptealos’ Bierzo Mencia, as well as Soft Polenta with Wagyu Beef Ragu & gremolata, delightful with the Ernesto Cantena Siest Malbec.

4. What’s it like to be a Female sommelier? Is there any distinction between genders in your job, or is it all based on merit?

It is, like any profession, based on merit. There has been a rise of females both front & back of house over the last 15 years, which is great to see.

5. What is your prefect wine? Growing region, variety etc and why? I don’t believe in a perfect wine. Wine is a living entity, it has ups and downs just like all living things in our planet. My preferences and tastes evolve daily. Though I do find my most memorable wines are ones enjoyed with friends & families. Just recently I was lucky enough to share a 1985 Chateau Latour, Pauillac Bordeaux with some close friends for my partner’s 30th birthday- that will be a wine and a memory I won’t forget.

Finally, Sydney has some great little wine bars with new venues opening regularly. Where is your favourite place to enjoy a drop?

121 BC, Wine Library, 10 William Street, Ash Street Cellar, Love Tilly Devine, Delicado, Devine, Fix St. James