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Wine educator wins Champagne award

The European Champagne Ambassador’s Award has been awarded to a wine educator from The Netherlands.

The winner, Anja Vondenhoff, was announced at a dinner last Friday at the Villa Demoiselle in Reims, where she was presented with a crystal trophy.

Vondenhoff has taught at the Apeldoorn Hotel Management School in the Netherlands since 1993 and also runs English-language wine-tasting courses at the Dutch Academy of Gastronomy.

Second place went to the UK’s Edwin Dublin, who is assistant manager Berry Bros. & Rudd’s St James’s Street wine shop.

German Lidwina Weh, head sommelier at the Hotel Louis C Jacob in Hamburg, came third.

From 10-14 October, eight European finalists experienced tastings of still wines, special cuvées and rare vintages in Champagne before competing for the award.

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