Meet the 2023 Tasting Australia Drinks Curators
Two of South Australia's top sommeliers will join the Tasting Australia presented by RAA Travel creative team in the role of Drinks Curators. We welcome Banjo Harris Plane and Meira Harel – husband and wife duo – who will lead the beverage program in 2023.
Both widely recognised as leading beverage authorities in Australia, the couple relocated to Adelaide in 2019, bringing with them extensive wine and beverage knowledge from around the world and experience working at some of Australia's top restaurants.
A special thanks to our outgoing Drinks Curator Nick Stock for his contribution to the festival over the last four years. 'It has been an honour to help shape the festival's beverage program and showcase drinks in all their diversity. I look forward to seeing where the new team takes it next.'
Meira, originally from Israel, was named 'Sommelier of the Year' by The Age Good Food Guide in 2016 after working as sommelier and restaurant manager for Melbourne's The Town Mouse and The Lake House. Now happily settled in South Australia, Meira is General Manager of hospitality group Another Kind, that includes some of Adelaide's leading hospitality venues - Press Food and Wine, Peel Street Restaurant and Leigh Street Wine Room.
Banjo Harris Plane
Banjo, who was awarded the 'Best Sommelier in Australia' twice over during his five-year stint at Melbourne's internationally acclaimed Attica, also opened two CBD hotspots of his own – Capitano and Bar Liberty. Banjo is also the founder of Good Pair Days, Australia's most personalised online wine business.