About Cameron Douglas
If you want a wine expert with unquestionable credentials who’ll pop the cork for you and suggest a perfect food pairing while telling you the story behind the bottle, Cameron is your guy.
Not only does he carry the Master Sommelier credential, but he earned it as the first in New Zealand and took out the trophy for the top marks – demonstrating that this Kiwi will stop at nothing to further his love of all things beverage.
Cameron is an experienced wine writer, commentator, judge, reviewer, presenter and consultant. He selects wine and is part of the NZ Wine Navigator team.
As a professional Sommelier, Cameron spends much of his time involved in education – academically in charge of the Wine and Beverage Programme at AUT University in Auckland, and ‘out in the field’, consulting for the Wine, Hospitality and Tourism sector, and the interested public. He is Patron of the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Association, and consults to a variety of establishments, taking care of their wine lists, wine and food pairing, and staff training matters.
His clients currently include Huami at Skycity, Merediths Restaurant, The Lodge Bar – Rodd & Gunn in Queenstown, Oyster and Chop, Mekong Baby, A’Meza, Nanam Republic, Crave Café – and he is on the Fine Wine team selecting for Air New Zealand Business Premier class.
In New York, he created and continues to consult on the wine list for Matt and Barbara Lambert’s Michelin Starred Restaurant The Musket Room (a showcase for New Zealand Food and Wine). The Musket Room was awarded its Michelin Star only four months after opening and continues to excite the public.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas and is committed to being an instructor and examiner for the MS programme both in the USA and Oceania.
Wine list consultancy
Developing original and specific wine lists for restaurant or hotel operations.
Inheriting and adjusting developed wine lists to better align them with current menu programmes with the aim of generating harmony, and more consistent cash flow.
Available as a one-off task, or include regular maintenance, staff education and training, food and wine pairing for staff or for particular events.
Wine and Beverage Reviews
Comprehensive, expert and honest written tasting review of any beverage for clients who seek a direct opinion as to quality, value, description, or text for website and publication purposes.
Notes are private and confidential or can be published on this website and available to the public.
Note: there is no charge for this service.
Staff training and Guidance
Wine, beverage, restaurant and hotel Front of House staff work in a dynamic and unique setting, each team has different training needs that may include basic table service skills through to detailed wine knowledge.
I am able to provide comprehensive knowledge and understanding, as well as the language to sell the attributes of wine.
This requires a specific approach.
Wine and Beverage topics
World of Wine type instruction – learn about domestic and international wines.
Corporate Events, from wine tastings to hosting conference type entertainment.
Private Dinner Party Planning – bring NZ’s 1st Master Sommelier to your home or place of business. A chef is available on request, or we can work with your menu.
Food & Service reviews
With 30+ years experience in the hospitality sector – This has allowed me to experience first-hand the layers that specific restaurants and hotels use around the globe. I am able to write a comprehensive review of the services your dining room provides.
This can greatly assist the restaurateur or hotelier to adjust and fine- tune their services to an international standard without losing individual charm and uniqueness.
Wine and Food Dinner at A’Meza Auckland
Court of Master Sommeliers Oceania
An exciting opportunity for the wine and hospitality sectors of New Zealand has once again become available to all wine and service professionals.The Court of Master Sommeliers is returning to New Zealand in 2017 to offer its highly prestigious certification programme. The first two levels of the four level Sommelier Programme will again be available to career minded individuals who have a passion for people, service, wine and beverages. The Court of Master Sommeliers is an internationally recognised examining body. Career minded individuals who want or require the correct credential for their chosen profession can engage in this programme to enhance their career, employment prospects and further validate their role in the hospitality sector. Sommeliers can and do make a significant difference to beverage sales in any On or Off-premise business.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
in New Zealand