New Zealand Sommelier & Junior Sommelier Competitions 2018

Join us for a weekend of wine tasting, competitions, cooking classes and fun.

NZ Sommelier and Junior Sommelier of the Year

Sunday 19 August 2018 9am

The Awards are part of the W&F Celebration 2018.

Our goal is to create a challenging competition that will test the skills of experienced sommeliers and excite the ambitions of junior service staff with the Junior Sommelier of the Year competition.  

New Zealand Sommelier of the Year

This award recognises excellence in New Zealand and international wine knowledge for outstanding candidates working as a sommelier or senior manager in a hotel, lodge or restaurant. We encourage entries from candidates who can demonstrate excellent wine service and communication skills along with an in depth knowledge of wines from around the world.

New Zealand Junior Sommelier of the Year

This award recognises excellence in New Zealand wine knowledge for outstanding candidates working in any hospitality business. We encourage entries from candidates who wish to develop their wine skills and progress to more senior positions in their chosen field. 

Entries close 10 August 2018. Online entry here

Please follow this link for more information - http://event.foodandwine.co.nz 

Competitions coming up

2018 Ningxia One Belt One Road - 10 days from Sept 7

2018 ASI BEST SOMMELIER OF ASIA & OCEANIA

Kyoto, Japan - 15 -17 October 2018

Hosted by the Sommelier Association of Japan https://www.sommelier.jp/index.html2
We hope to take two candidates who must speak in French, Spanish or English but the language cannot be their mother tongue...

2018 Hong Kong - Nov 14 - 16 in Hong Kong

2019 ASI Best Sommelier in the World

Antwerp, Belgium 11 - 15 March 2019

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2019 Champagne June 2

All Sommelier members of ASI member associations can join the celebration of ASI’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

 

2017 New Zealand Sommelier and Junior Sommelier of the Year Awards. 

Congratulations to Stephanie Guth of The French Café, Auckland and winner of the New Zealand Sommelier of the Year Award 2017.

NZ Sommelier of Year 2017 with Committee low



L-R Cameron Douglas MS, Karen Fistonich, Stephanie Guth, Michael Darby, Celia Hay

Amelia French - Junior Sommelier of the Year winner 2017

Junior low

 L-R Bethany Jeffries (runner- up), Andy Wilkinson from Misha's Vineyard, Amelia French, Cameron Douglas MS, Celia Hay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Awards are part of the W&F Celebration 2017.

Guided by Master Sommelier, Cameron Douglas and Celia Hay (director of  NZSFW) we are looking forward to encouraging young and experienced hospitality professionals to enter this challenge.

 

JUDGING PANEL


Cameron Douglas

Cameron Douglas MS

New Zealand's first and only Master Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, Cameron is an experienced wine and hospitality educator, judge and consultant. Cameron travels widely around the world judging wine professionals especially in the USA and Asia in his role as Master Sommelier.



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Celia Hay

Celia Hay is the founder of the New Zealand School of Food and Wine which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015. Celia trained as a chef, running her Christchurch restaurant for 17 years but recently is better known as a wine educator with the publication of the New Zealand Wine Guide winner of the Gourmand World Book Award for Wine and Tourism.


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COMPETITIONS OF 2017

New Zealand Sommelier of the Year

This award recognizes excellence in New Zealand and international wine knowledge for outstanding candidates working as a sommelier or senior manager in a hotel, lodge or restaurant. We encourage entries from candidates who can demonstrate excellent wine service and communication skills along with an in depth knowledge of wines from around the world.

Sponsor: New Zealand School of Food and Wine & Louis Roederer

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Prize

    • Return flight to Paris
    • VIP hosting for a day at Louis Roederer including a full tour of the cellars & lunch
    • Return transfers Paris to Reims
    • One night accommodation Reims
    • All meals provided

Please click here for Registration.

Junior Sommelier of the Year 2017

This award recognises excellence in New Zealand wine knowledge for outstanding candidates working in any hospitality business. We encourage entries from candidates who wish to develop their wine skills and progress to more senior positions in their chosen field.

Sponsor: Misha’s Vineyard

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Prize

    • Return flight to Queenstown
    • 2 nights accommodation with Misha’s Vineyard/The Rees Hotel
    • Helicopter tour around the key winegrowing regions of Central Otago
    • Tasting sessions to gain an in-depth understanding of Central Otago sub-regions/varietals
    • All meals provided

Please click here for Registration.

 

 

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