National Sommelier and Buyer, RACV Clubs and Resorts
Christian has spent many years in Michelin starred restaurants in France and London UK. Upon arrival in Australia he further developed his skills by focusing on oenology and was appointed to the position of Sommelier at Hotel Sofitel Melbourne in 1994 subsequently being awarded Best Hotel wine list in 1997. In 2000 the Age Good Food Guide handed Christian the inaugural award for Service Excellence.
In 2002 his long love affair with Champagne has seen him being the Australian winner of the Vin de Champagne Award.
Following his role of Head sommelier at Langtons Restaurant and wine bar in 2005 the establishment was awarded the Age Good Food Guide Best Restaurant Wine List.
At his current position as Wine Director for the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), Christian oversees the wine purchasing, wine lists and wine promotions, staff training, events in 9 properties for RACV Club and Resorts.
He is also a senior judge at the French Chamber of Commerce Victorian Wine Show ‘Concours des Vins du Victoria’ (chaired by Bernard Burtschy – Grand Jury Européen) and has judged at several other wine shows.
In the televised media, Christian has been the co-host of the food and wine segment on SBS television with celebrity chef Gabriel Gaté, and writes regular wine column for various publications.
Christian also operates a wine consultancy business which has seen him consulting for Six Senses in Thailand, and conducts corporate speaking engagement on various wine themes.