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 (only around 250 have attained this qualification since its inception in 1969, and the Masters’ Exam is deemed the hardest in the world), but he earned it as the first in New Zealand (in fact, at the time, the first in the Southern Hemisphere) 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 takes his position as unofficial Ambassador for New Zealand wine very seriously, ensuring he spends time in every wine region in the country regularly.
He lives his life around his enthusiasm for all things beverage – teaching, travelling, tasting and talking. He judges and presents wine regularly in the USA, the UK, Australia and Asia.
At home in NZ he writes regular monthly columns for Hospitality Business and FMCG Business Magazines, also publishing a bi-annual magazine on New Zealand Wine, and contributes to a number of other publications. He reviews wines and makes his notes available on his website both to the wineries and the public, as a courtesy to the Industry.
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 consults to a variety of establishments, taking care of their winelists, wine and food pairing, and staff training matters. He is on the Fine Wines of New Zealand Masters team, making selections for Air New Zealand Business Premier class.
He has served 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.