Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2017 finalists announced
Historic Champagne house Moët & Chandon has whittled down its UK finalists for the Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2017 award.
Twelve finalists from London to Lancashire have made it through April’s regional heats which took place in Bristol, London and Manchester.
They will now embark on an educational trip to Moët & Chandon House and vineyards in Épernay to prepare for July’s final.
The final and grand finals will both take place on July 17, presided over by the man with the most post-nominals in the industry, Gerard Basset OBE, MW, MS.
Regional heat winners 2017
Serdar Balkaya, head sommelier, the Royal Automobile Club, London
Romain Bourger, head sommelier, the Vineyard, Stockcross, Berkshire
Mathias Camilleri, head sommelier, Five Fields, Chelsea, London
Tamas Czinki, head sommelier, Northcote, Langho, Lancashire
Gareth Ferreira, assistant head sommelier, 67 Pall Mall, London
Olivier Frayssinet, assistant head sommelier, La Trompette, London
Alexandre Freguin, head sommelier, Moor Hall, Aughton, Lancashire
Zigmars Grinbergs, head sommelier, Cabotte, London
Rudy Le Metayer, sommelier, Summer Lodge, Evershot, Dorset
Julia Sewell, sommelier, the Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire
Jess Sørensen from Mash (2016 runner-up)
Piotr Pietras from Launceston Place (Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Sommelier 2017)
Previous winners of the award include Jan Konetzki, Xavier Rousset, Tanguy Martin and last year’s winner, Terry Kandylis from 67 Pall Mall.
The Moët UK Sommelier of the Year Competition has been organised by the Academy of Food & Wine Service since 1980, and is internationally recognised by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI).