The South African Sommelier Association (SASA) in partnership with Moët & Chandon are looking for 2019’s Best Young Sommelier.
Calling all young sommeliers and wine aficionados between the ages of 21 and 30. SASA and Moët & Chandon invite you to enter the first round of the Best Young Sommelier for 2019 competition. If you know your Cab Sav from your Pinot Noir, are knowledgeable about local and international wine regions, are well-versed in viticulture and vinification, and can handle some questions about beers, ciders, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages, then this is the competition for you.
The winner shall be whizzed off for an all expenses paid trip to Maison in France to celebrate with a magnum of Moët & Chandon before heading to Barolo Italy for some more wine. The trip will take place in July 2020 and will include winery visits and seminars. The winner will also receive a bursary for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust from the International Wine Education Centre as well as an opportunity to compete in the 2020 Moët & Chandon Best Sommelier South Africa challenge.
Take a look at who won last year’s Best Sommelier competition.
How to enter
Round 1 of the competition includes a set of questions in multiple choice and essay format. For a chance to enter this first round, visit the SASA website and put your wine knowledge to the test. Submissions for round two are open until 14 August 2019. Round 2 is a quarter final that will be held in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg from 19 to 23 August, and will include two tasks: service and tasting. The top 10 highest scoring candidates will then move on to Round 3, the semi-finals, to be held in Johannesburg on 25 September 2019. The fourth and final round will be held on the same day where three candidates will go up against each other to be dubbed the 2019 Best Young Sommelier.
Get your entries for Round 1 in today.