Training must be engaging, interactive and make wine approachable and simple for staff to understand


How to help staff sell wine with confidence

Lily Brierley, training manager at Enotria, explains how hospitality business owners can make their staff more aware of wine lists and encourage them to openly talk about wine with customers in a bid to maximise drinks sales.

Yohann Jousselin, last year's winner of the AFWS Sommelier of the Year competition pictured with judges

AFWS UK Sommelier of the Year competition open for entries

By Luke Nicholls

The Acadamy of Food and Wine service (AFWS) has this week launched its 2012 UK Sommelier of the Year competition and is calling for sommeliers and wine waiters nationwide to test their knowledge and skills by entering.

Altitude 360's Gospel Brunch is a New York-inspired singing and brunch event taking place every Sunday


Gospel Brunch at Altitude 360 and Wednesday Wine at Playboy London

By Luke Nicholls

Restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars from across the UK including Altitude 360, Playboy London, Sandman Signature Hotel and The Beach Bistro tell BigHospitality about special events they're running to attract more customers.

Austrian-born Stefan Neumann is the third winner of the competition

Sud de France sommelier competition winner revealed

By Luke Nicholls

Austrian-born Stefan Neumann from The Fat Duck restaurant in Bray has won the 2011 Sud de France sommelier competition, held at the Maison de la Region Languedoc-Roussillon in Cavendish Square, London.

David Galetti, head sommelier at Le Gavroche (left), last year's winner of the Dalmore Award for Excellence

AFWS Annual Awards 2011 now open for entries

By Becky Paskin

Entries are now being invited for the Academy of Food and Wine Service (AFWS) front-of-house Annual Awards of Excellence 2011, due to be held on 18 October.