Annette Lacey MW
Became an MW 2020
Based in Australia
Home city: Sydney
Home county/state/province: NSW
Home country: Australia
Annette has extensive management and operational experience across all levels of restaurants and hospitality venues. She is currently the Group Beverage Manager for Solotel, a large and diverse hospitality group in Sydney. She has held similar roles having developed her skills as a restaurant manager and sommelier for international hotel groups and award winning fine dining restaurants across traditional, modern and Asian cuisines.
She has completed all levels of WSET and is a certified educator focusing on the development of the next generation through the delivery of wine courses in the Australian market.
Other accolades include the winner of the prestigious 2014 Vin de Champagne Award (Professional), and being selected for the highly prized Len Evans tutorial. She also has experience as a wine show judge at numerous shows around the country, and participates in trade and educational tastings, presentations and master classes.
Current employer: Solotel
Primary area(s) of work: Trade, Communication
Industry sector(s): Buying, Consultant, Educator, Events, Journalism, Off trade, On trade, Wine buying, Wine judge
Wine styles: Champagne, Natural, Orange wines, Sparkling wine, Still red, Still white
Wine region expertise: Australia, Champagne, France, New South Wales, New Zealand, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia
Market expertise: Australia
Specialisms: Direct to consumer, Education, Events, Food and wine pairing, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Importation, Independent retail, Restaurant wines, Supplier/customer relationships, Training, Wine judging