After being postponed for two years because of Covid, the first round of judging has taken place for the 2022 Taittinger UK Sommelier of the Year competition.
After a first round that saw competitors from 18 countries and a record 12 female sommeliers the quarter finalists are:
Rudina Arapi, London Hilton on Park Lane
Vincenzo Arnese, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester
Stefano Barbarino, Coravin Wine & Bubbles Bar
Biagio Castaldo, Maison Estelle
Emma Denney, The Clove Club
Gareth Ferreira, Core by Claire Smyth
Christopher Parker, Inn The Park
Phillip Reinstaller, Trivet
Agnieszka Swiecka, The Five Fields
Lorenzo Tonelli, Maison Estelle
Dion Wai, 67 Pall Mall
Elvis Ziakos, TILA
Many congratulations to all of you from us here at the Sommelier Collective! And we hope you enjoy the planned visit to Reims with Taittinger.
The quarter finalists will be showing off their skills on June 27th at Berry Brothers’ St James office, with the final round of judging taking place on July 18th at the Savoy.
All somms are welcome to attend the final to support their friends/co-workers and pick up tips on how to nail service and blind tasting.
Good luck, in advance, to all the finalists with their training – and see you next month!