It’s an exciting year for the South African wine industry, as football fever grips the host nation and the country gears up to welcome visitors from across the globe. To mark this momentous occasion Wines of South Africa is launching the inaugural Wines of South Africa Sommelier World Cup. The competition aims to seek out leading sommeliers, from around the world, and bring them together for a week-long Cape winelands extravaganza with winery visits, one-off tastings, fine dining in the country’s best restaurants and some spine-tingling adventures, all against the backdrop of the world’s most spectacular vineyards. If you haven’t tried a glass of cool Chenin Blanc while soaking up the view from the top of Table Mountain, you simply haven’t lived.
To register for the UK leg of the competition simply log on to www.wosasommeliercup.co.za and register your details.* The UK competition will be held on 28 June 2010, in central London, and the winner from this round will travel to South Africa, with 11 other finalists from participating countries, to decide who will take home the Wines of South Africa Sommelier World Cup. To find out who wins the UK heat see the Sept/Oct issue of Imbibe.
*All entrants must be available to travel to South Africa from 11-19 October 2010.
|THE UK COMPETITION|
28 June 2010
Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Welcome and coffee
A 20-question written test on South African wine
Blind tasting of six South African wines
Sighted tasting of 20 wines to devise five food and wine matches
Lunch with World Cup nations blind tasting (just for fun!)
Practical serving role play, for the three finalists
UK winner announced
Gearoid Devaney MS, UK Sommelier of the Year 2008 and Restaurant magazine Sommelier of the Year 2007
Julie Sheppard, associate editor, Imbibe
Lynne Sherriff MW, South African-born, Master of Wine
Jo Wehring, UK market manager, Wines of South Africa