Alison began her career in the wine industry working as an Agriculture educator and while undertaking an Oenology Degree through Charles Sturt University, Australia. Her earlier qualifications include a Degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology and Graduate Diploma in Education. In 2013 Alison qualified as a Master of Wine.
Early wine industry roles included winery cellar hand, vineyard operations, wine retail and lecturing. The largest project for a period of over 10 years was establishing and managing a 110ha vineyard in Central New South Wales and later producing wines in their boutique winery for 6 years.
After relocating to Sydney, Alison continued wine making, vineyard consulting, wine lecturing and judging throughout Australia the US and UK International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) and as a Panel Chair for the past 12 years at the International Wine Challenge (IWC). Alison has travelled extensively through the worlds key wine regions and judged wines from most styles and countries. Alison is an Australian Wine Show Auditor.
For the past 13 years she has been a lecturer at the Sydney Wine Academy, presenting primarily the UK Wine and Spirit Education trust (WSET) courses at all levels, developing course materials and corporate training. Also over the past five years she has been lecturing for Asia Wine Service and Education Centre (AWSEC) Hong Kong and China. Currently Alison is also working with Wine InTuition a specialist wine education centre for training and corporate events.
Alison has been involved with the Institute of Masters of Wine education programme, course days and assessment. More recently, Alison recently completed the WSET L3 in Sake and the WSG Italian Wine Scholar. Her latest project is to become accredited as a TCM Wine Fraud Investigator and Authenticator.
Another passion is a small Pinot Noir vineyard and guesthouse in Tasmania.
Alison is interested in wine quality through good winemaking, storage and packaging. She is excited to learn from TCM, Wine Fraud Instructors, and their expertise to help inform and protect the wine community from fraudsters, protect reputations of wine producers, and prevent the deceiving of consumers/ investors. She is also looking forward to identifying fraudsters and preventing them profiteering from their illegal pursuits.