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A dynamic and vibrant member of The Wine Society’s education team, Jacquie’s passion for wine is infectious. Both enthusiastic and knowledgeable, she has accumulated wine experience from around the globe. Jacquie holds a WSET level 4 diploma and is a qualified saké sommelier. She boasts industry experience from her family vineyard to fine establishments, including One & Only Le Saint Géran as well as Spoon by Alain Ducasse. Jacquie heads wine education and communications consultancy Wine Construct.
“For as long as I can remember, my life has been focused around my passion for wine. From helping out on my grandfather’s small vineyard to working at the famous Lake House in Daylesford and high-end boutique Ten Minutes by Tractor, I began my career in Australia working for some exceptional people. Over on French terrain, I was the sommelier for many years at the renowned One & Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius and Alain Ducasses’ Spoon. It was here that I became the group’s top selling Sommelier worldwide. I spent further time working for Alain Ducasse in the Luberon in Provence where I met renowned winemakers and tasted their celebrated wines. My hands-on tasting experience extends to Spain, South Africa, Lebanon and Italy to name a few.
I have also spent time in the Middle East as the Head Sommelier at the renowned Zuma group, Dubai. During my time there, Zuma earned its place in the coveted San Pellegrino 100 Best Restaurants in the World and my wine lists gained international recognition at the Wine Spectator Awards.
My consultancy work has been wide and varied. I have spoken at a number of seminars and conferences and worked with international events, from Grand Prix Ferrari dinners to high-end private functions. I write for wine-focused websites and magazines, and consult on wine lists for famous chefs such as Greg Malouf. Every day I continue to keenly share the wonderful wine experience and knowledge I have been lucky enough to accumulate throughout my career”.