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Cameron Douglas

Master Sommelier

Featured Wine September 2017

Pegasus Bay

Pegasus Bay Aged Release Riesling 2007 Waipara Valley, Canterbury

Gently golden and deep straw hues; the bouquet remain youthful with lemon and apple fruit aromas; there’s also a preserved lemon, dried pineapple, camomile and to...

Pegasus Bay Aged Release Riesling 2007 Waipara Valley, Canterbury

Gently golden and deep straw hues; the bouquet remain youthful with lemon and apple fruit aromas; there’s also a preserved lemon, dried pineapple, camomile and toasted honey notes from bottle age – overall quite complex. On the palate – off-dry, luscious and Delicious! Wow – amazing texture, concentration and flavours; bright and still highly energised acidity; off-dry with some residual sweetness and a lengthy honeyed citrus and floral finish. Drinking beautifully now and through 2028.

95 Points

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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.

Consultancy

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.

Upcoming Events

Wine and Food Dinner at A’Meza Auckland

Fabulous dinner ahead at A'Meza Auckland - Outstanding Filipino Cuisine A wine and food experience hosted by Andrew and Leah Escondo - Chefs de Cuisine and Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier A five course dinner with matching wines and Antipodes water.
345 Dominion Road, Mount Eden Auckland
10th of Aug 2017
NA

Court of Master Sommeliers Oceania

Introductory Sommelier Certificate Dates: June 19th – 21st 2017 Venue: Ivy Sunroom (330 George St Sydney) NOW FULLY BOOKED – WAIT LIST ONLY Fees: AUD$803 plus $33.11 Eventbrite booking fee Certified Examination Date: June 21st, 2017 Venue: Ivy Sunroom (330 George St Sydney) Fees: AUD$550 plus $22.99 Eventbrite booking fee NOW FULLY BOOKED – WAITLIST ONLY Advanced Sommelier Certificate Dates: June 22nd – 26th 2017 Venue: InterContinental Sydney (117 Macquarie St Sydney) Fees: AUD$2,552 plus $103.07 Eventbrite booking fee
Ivy Sunroom. 330 George St, Sydney
19th of Jun 2017
AUD $803 pp

International Credentials

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.
Lakeside Room, Villa Maria, Auckland
17th of Jun 2017
$850 pp

Decanter World Wine Awards 2017

More than 17,200 wines will be judged by 219 international experts, including 65 Masters of Wine and 20 Master Sommeliers. The number of entries is a new record and up 8% on 2016. The Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 competition has also seen some major changes. Gerard Basset OBE MW MS, Michael Hill Smith MW and Sarah Jane Evans MW have taken on the joint chairmanship of the DWWA, whilst co-founder Steven Spurrier becomes chairman emeritus.
London
12th of Apr 2017
NA

Testimonials

Tradecraft is a boutique agency that helps small producers who have a focus on supplying hospitality, navigate market communications both to the trade and public within NZ. Cameron’s qualification as New Zealand’s first and only Master Sommelier, adds an authenticity to any project he works on. As Tradecraft has a highly invested interest in ensuring we continue to stay in touch with the hospitality world, Cameron is a vital connection for us. Cameron works closely with a number of the Tradecraft clients, none more so than Antipodes Water Company. He has been responsible for aiding in the growth of Antipodes not only domestically but also in the American market through his consultancy and across social media platforms. There is a sense of loyalty when you work with Cameron but he retains a professional level of independence, ensuring that the integrity of the message remains intact.

Morven McAuley - Antipodes Water Company & Tradecraft
More recently it has been my pleasure to judge with him at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, where he was a senior judge from 2009 - 2015. Cameron’s thoughtful contribution to the judging process, with his unique Sommelier’s approach, has been invaluable. This was recognised in 2014 when he was promoted to panel chair, a role that he excelled in.

Michael Brajkovich MW Winemaker – Kumeu River Wines
Cameron is one of New Zealand’s most wonderful humans. His commitment, poise and breadth of knowledge are truly admirable. He’s a testament to the sincerity of the New Zealand wine industry and is a global advocate with an incredibly well-respected voice. Cameron has supported The New Zealand Cellar’s ambitious goals from inception and continues to support individuals around the world with his astute eye for detail and wonderfully kind hearted nature.

Melanie Brown, NZ Cellar, London.
I met Cam on Social Media, specifically on Twitter, a couple years ago. Right away we clicked, began collaborating on projects throughout the world. He is someone I would highly recommend based on creativity, reliability, and beyond everything else, his wine knowledge is unmatched!     Mr Scott Eddy     Influencer,  Consultant and Public Speaker for the Luxury Travel industry

Cameron's Stats

#1
Master Sommelier
in New Zealand
31
Years wine industry experience
8
Behind 8 fantastic restaurant wine programs.