Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2013 launches

7th January, 2013 by Gabriel Stone

The Academy of Food & Wine Service has opened entries for the Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2013.

Last year's winner, Jan Konetski

Last year’s winner, Jan Konetski

Sommeliers and wine waiters from across the UK’s restaurants, pubs and hotels are eligible to enter the competition, which is now in its 34th year and was won in 2012 by Jan Konetzki of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

Judged by a panel chaired by current world champion sommelier Gerard Basset MS MW, the competition aims to find the UK’s top wine waiter or sommelier, assessing not only their product knowledge, but also ability to deal with customers and front of house service skills.

The first round requires competitors to complete a written questionnaire by 15 February, with the top scoring candidates then invited to compete in regional finals on 25 March before the semi-final and final take place on 28 May at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in London.

The winner will receive a trip to Moët & Chandon’s cellars in Epernay, including a tasting with cellar master Benoît Gouez, an estate tour with vineyard manager François Lhotte, as well as a food and wine pairing experience at two Michelin-starred restaurant Trianon. In addition, the Boutinot Bursary will fund an all-expenses paid trip to the Southern Rhône during the 2013 harvest.

Highlighting a number of recent developments, AFWS executive director John Croft remarked: “The competition has really broadened in appeal over the past few years,” adding: “The tasks not only test wine expertise, but competitors’ service skills, personality and general drinks knowledge too.”

Emelie de Vitis, marketing manager for sponsor Moët & Chandon, explained the house’s support for the competition, saying: “Sommeliers who successfully show their knowledge of, professionalism in and enthusiasm for wine deserve the recognition and rewards that this competition gives.”

Previous winners of the competition include Master Sommeliers Yohan Jousselin, Gearoid Devaney and Xavier Rousset. For profiles of some of the UK’s brightest young sommelier talent, click here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Administrative Assistant

Swig Wines Ltd
Chiswick, London, UK

HR Manager

Amathus Drinks PLC
London, UK

Beer Development Specialist

Matthew Clark
London, UK

Senior Sales Manager

Haynes Hanson & Clark
Gloucestershire, GB

Customer Services Administrator

Speciality Drinks Ltd
London, UK

National Business Development Manager

Speciality Drinks Group
London, UK

Inventory Analyst

Bibendum PLB
London, UK

Events Executive - Atom Supplies

ATOM Supplies Limited
London, UK

Off-Trade Sales Account Executive

Domaine Direct
Nationwide, working from a combination of home & London office.

Sales Executive/Brand Ambassador

Glenfarclas
Ballindalloch, Speyside, UK

Client Manager

Noble Rot
Wandsworth, London, GB

Spirits Investment Director

Stilnovisti
London, UK

Junior Brand Manager

Enotria Winecellars
Park Royal, London, UK

Content & Digital Assistant

ABVGlobal
London, UK

Sales Manager

Cellar Trends
London, UK

Champagne Masters 2017

Deadline : 7th July 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 10th July 2017

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

Deadline : 10th July 2017

The Global Syrah Masters 2017

Deadline : 18th July 2017

Click to view more

The Drinks Business Awards 2017

Now in its 15th year, the db awards have become the most authoritative, internationally respected badge of achievement in the alcoholic drinks industry.

The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2017

the drinks business Hong Kong announces its first year of The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Fortified Masters 2016

Now in its third year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer.

Click to view more