Young Sommelier of Year awarded to Fat Duck sommelier

3rd April, 2013 by db_staff

Loic Avril of Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck has been awarded Young Sommelier of the Year 2013 for the UK, writes Olivia Bodle.

pic5The sommeliers from the Fat Duck have dominated the competition for the past few years.

The competition, launched by Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in 2007, is divided into three parts; theory, service and blind tasting.The theory portion is written, testing deep knowledge in all areas of wine, wine production, laws, viticulture and vinification as well as spirits, beers, ales, ciders, ports and sherry.

The service section is designed to show professionalism, finesse and competence in bantering with the judge-as-diner throughout.

The blind tasting is based on the Master Sommelier Advanced Examination and requires assessment by sight, nose and palate of colour, age, alcohol content, country of origin and appellation of six wines.

Competitors for the UK prize, all below the age of 27, were praised for their “exceptional skill and knowledge” by the judges.

Chairman of judges Gerard Basset MS MW said: “This year we had a noticeable increase in the number of entrants for the competition. The quality of the contestants never ceases to impress the judges and this year was no exception.

“Each of the contestants demonstrated great passion for their craft and flair and we have high hopes for Avril in the International Finals later this year.’

Second place was awarded to Bouger Romain of the Vineyard at Stockcross and third place to Lukasz Jan Kolodziejczyk also of The Fat Duck.

Prizes include glasses from Schott Zwiesel, a Champagne sabre from Gaggenau, and a trip to Turkey for both winner and runner up. Avril will proceed to the international competition later this year in Washington DC.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.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

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Sales Support Assistant

H2Vin Ltd
London, UK

Sales Administrator

Les Caves de Pyrène
Guildford, Surrey

Sales Order Processor

Amathus Drinks
Park Royal, London NW10, UK

Sales Executive (London – Craft Spirits)

Bimber Distillery
London, UK

Events & PR Co-ordinator

Alliance Wine
London, UK

Partner Development Manager - That Boutique-y Gin Company

That Boutique-y Gin Company
Field Based, UK

Head of Merchant Sales

Grapevine the Wineservice Company
Cumbria, UK

Director of Sales

Matthew Clark
Field based - Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, Berkshire or West Sussex, UK

Business Development Manager – Central London

Marussia Beverages UK Ltd
Field based – London, UK

Account Manager – Premium Restaurants, London

Kingfisher Beer Europe Ltd
London (Central), UK

Field Sales Representative - Beer Innovation

Elastic
Various locations, UK

Events Executive

The Drinks Business
London, UK

Area Sales Executive

Gordon & Macphail
Southern England (excluding London) and Inner London, UK

Buyer – Wine & Spirits

Sipp
London, UK

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

Deadline : 1st August 2017

The Global Beer Masters 2017

Deadline : 1st August 2017

Global Chardonnay Masters 2017

Deadline : 1st August 2017

The Global Riesling Masters 2017

Deadline : 1st August 2017

Click to view more

The Global Organic Masters 2017

The drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Organic Masters

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.

Click to view more