Maison Ruinart is delighted to announce the 2024 UK edition of the Ruinart Sommelier Challenge is open for entries. 

This year’s seventh edition of the UK seminar and blind tasting competition will take place on 20th May at 67 Pall Mall in central London. The Challenge has two objectives; to explore some of the more technical aspects of the art of winemaking; and to choose the winning Sommelier who will attend the all-expenses-paid trip to Champagne later this year.

Candidates will be selected by a panel of judges headed by Ruinart Chef de Cave Frédéric Panaïotis, alongside 2023 winner Matteusz Kowlczyk, and Gareth Ferreira MS Head Sommelier at Core by Clare Smyth.
The top 30 applicants will compete in a blind tasting, built around the theme of  Phys behind the Fizz – with a focus on the science behind effervescence‘. The winner of the tasting will be awarded a place on what Frédéric Panaïotis, who devised the concept and itinerary, describes as a “once in a lifetime” comprehensive four-day educational trip to the Champagne region, which he will personally host. The trip will include a deep dive into the Champagne region and participation in a series of technical tastings. 

Enter here: Ruinart Sommelier Challenge | RuinartDeadline for entries is 5th May 2024. 


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