Delalonde takes Piper gong

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Christopher Delalonde MS has become the latest winner of the UK Sommelier of the Year contest – after being named runner-up 12 months ago.

Delalonde, who works for personal sommelier service Sarment, pipped Yohann Jousselin MS, head sommelier at The Vineyard at Stockcross, with Clement Robert, head sommelier at Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, coming in third.

The notoriously tough competition included a blind tasting, role playing, a wine list correction test and a Champagne pouring exercise.

Meanwhile, Daniel Brown of London won the first Amateur Sommelier of the Year title, with Robert taking the Young Sommelier accolade, given to the youngest placed sommelier in the main competition.

That made it a double win for Robert, who also recently scooped the top prize in the UK final of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs International Young Sommelier of the Year contest.

Runner-up for the second successive year was Erica Laler of Texture, followed by The Fat Duck’s Loic Avril in third place.

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