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23

Jun

Introductory and Certified, Auckland, New Zealand, June 2017

We had 27 out of 29 people who passed the Introductory course, and 5 out of 15 for the Certified.

Congratulations to all!

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Introductory Passes

  • Alexiane Sikoski
  • Allesandro Bricola
  • Angela Allan
  • Bethany Jeffries
  • David Green
  • Frances Blakeley
  • Amelia French
  • Juan Gomez
  • Joshua Black
  • Justin Wee
  • Lei Dong
  • Levi Kenny
  • Levi McDonald
  • Lou Zhe Loon
  • Luis Cabrera
  • Makoto Abe
  • Manjul Sharma
  • Marisol Caceres
  • Matt Jenner
  • Matthew Sampson
  • Michael Mauro
  • Royston Lau
  • Suhrud Posolkar
  •  Tim Ting
  • Tristan Garthe
  • Vijay Nair
  • Dennis Church

Certified Passes

  • Allesandro Bricola
  • Dion Wai
  • Francisco Marambio
  • Justin Wee
  • Lei Dong
     

 

 

 

07

Jun

Introductory and Certified, Thallern, Austria, June 2017

We had 21 out of 21 people who passed the Introductory course, and 9 out of 18 for the Certified.

Congratulations to all!

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Introductory Passes

  • Eva Raugna
  • Katherina Gnigler
  • Emilien Rébeillau
  • Kyle Hanekom
  • Luri Thauront
  • Fredrick Kristoffer Aga
  • Enrico Robitzki
  • Marco Gulino
  • Alexandru Pastrav
  • Ástbór Sigurvinsson
  • Beatrice Bessi
  • Kristijan Merkas
  • Matteo Furlan
  • Lowri Jones
  • Shelly Chi Wan Lam
  • Tamas Mikula
  • Arturo Scarmadella
  • Adriaan Visser
  • Rory Conniffe
  • Sylwester Piasecki
  • Lars Baumgarten

Certified Passes

  • Alexandru Pastrav
  • Beatrice Bessi
  • Kristijan Merkas
  • Matteo Furlan
  • Adriaan Visser
  • Rory Conniffe
  • Tommy Thomassen
  • Stefan Klettner
  • Maureen McKenna

05

Jun

UK Ruinart Challenge 2017 – Winner Announced

 

UK Ruinart Challenge 2017 – Winner Announced!

Julia Sewell, Junior Assistant Head Sommelier at The Fat Duck, has won the UK Ruinart Challenge 2017.   She saw off competition from 19 other finalists to take top place in the blind tasting, which this year featured four rosé wines.  The Art School Restaurant’s Jitka Auermüllerová and Blagoy Kuzmanski from 67 Pall Mall were both awarded runner-up Magnums of Ruinart Rosé NV, meaning two of the top three positions went to female Sommeliers.

Julia will join 13 other Sommeliers from the 8 worldwide Ruinart Challenge final days (held in the US, Nordics, Spain, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia) for an all-expenses paid, four-day educational trip to France in July, which will be hosted by Ruinart’s Chef de Cave Frédéric Panaïotis.  “I’m so excited to have won,” she says.  “I’m looking forward to the absorption of much knowledge during my trip to Champagne, and the opportunity to network with the winners from other countries – who will also be people who really care about what they do.”

This is not the first time that Julia has entered the Ruinart Challenge.  “I’ve come to associate this Champagne House with education.  I’ve competed previously in the Australian Ruinart Challenge, as well as in the UK last year when I first moved over,” she says.  “The seminar given by Frédéric Panaïotis is what keeps drawing me back.  The subject is different each time and so detailed and technical.  Frédéric is very good at the scientific explanations and at not dumbing down the content.”

Just 20 candidates made it through to the UK final, which took place on Tuesday 30th May at Brown’s Hotel.  As well as the blind tasting, there was an in-depth rosé seminar hosted by Frédéric Panaïotis alongside fellow jury members Gerard Basset OBE MS MW and Ronan Sayburn MS.   Panaïotis comments, “This was the second year of the UK Ruinart Sommelier Challenge, and I felt it really drew a crowd of young and talented Sommeliers from across the breadth of the country.  I found them an extremely receptive and engaged audience when sharing our knowledge and experience of rosé winemaking, alongside a tasting of some 2016 base wines.  I hope they found it enlightening and useful.

“The blind tasting comprised 4 hard-to-guess rosé wines, and the jury was impressed with the level of entries from the finalists.  That said, Julia’s intelligently reasoned and in some cases very accurate assessment of the wines saw her emerge as a clear winner.”

The Ruinart Challenge, previously known as Ateliers Ruinart, is an international training and mentoring programme committed to supporting Sommelier wine education.  As such, the winners’ trip, hosted by Frédéric Panaïotis, will not be simply an exploration of Ruinart, but rather will cover an as-yet-unannounced winemaking theme throughout Champagne and other French winemaking regions.

18

May

Introductory and Certified, Stockholm, May 2017

  • By Ronan Sayburn

For our first course in Sweden had 10 people attempt the Introductory exam with 7 passes and 9 people attempt the Certified exam with 5 passes.

Congratulations to all!

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Introductory Passes

  • Maya Samuelsson
  • Patric Andersson
  • Tina Johansson
  • Tony Fredriksson
  • Björnstierne Antonson
  • Daniella Lundh Egenäs
  • Tobias Holm

Certified Passes

  • Maya Samuelsson
  • Patric Andersson
  • Tina Johansson
  • Siddhartha Kapoor
  • Filipe Wang

29

Apr

Introductory and Certified, Hong Kong, April 2017

  • By Ronan Sayburn

We had 40 people attempt the Introductory exam with 30 passes and 28 people attempt the Certified exam with 20 passes.

Congratulations to all!

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Introductory Passes

  • Teresa DanDan Shen
  • Haihao Jiang
  • Wu Yaoheng
  • Arnaud Echalier
  • Phil Jan Santos Pena
  • NG Chung Tak
  • Michael Angelo G. Beltran
  • Fabien Mauze
  • Tyler Huang Babrowsky
  • Andrés Torres
  • Lee Wing Yin
  •  Liau Jun Siong
  • Yang Youbin
  • Lau Wing Tong, Tommy
  • Yap Siew Luo Bonnie
  • Daisuke Shibuya
  • Chan Hiu Lam
  • Cheung Siu Lung
  • Choi Ka Chun
  • Man Chi Wai
  • Mak King Yan
  • Duan Lishan
  • Lo Ho Pong
  • Chung Man, Lo
  • Yuji Muranaga
  • Xiaoran Chen
  • Rixin Gao
  • Wong Wa Lam
  • Tang Chi Kin
  • Ho Cheuk Ming Cyrus

Certified Passes

  • Yang Youbin
  • Yap Siew Luo Bonnie
  • Daisuke Shibuya
  • Cheung Siu Lung
  • Choi Ka Chun
  • Mak King Yan
  • Duan Lishan
  • Lo Ho Pong
  • Xiaoran Chen
  • Rixin Gao
  • Wong Wa Lam
  • Tang Chi Kin
  • Yingyan Jiang
  • Punit Gajwani
  • Alsyl Kenji Torres
  • Chan Wa Hin
  • Marino Braccu
  • Phanwadee Manusphaibool
  • Lee Wing Yin
  • Tommy Chan Tat Ian

 

 

24

Mar

Introductory and Certified, Athens, March 2017

  • By Ronan Sayburn

We had 23 people attempt the Introductory exam with 18 passes and 30 people attempt the Certified exam with 25 passes.

Congratulations to all!

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Introductory Passes

  • Chrysanthi Karatza
  • Ivo Peralta
  • Julian Dode
  • Katarina Mladenovich
  • Klearhos Kanellakis
  • Kyriaki Adamopoulou
  • Marko Radicev
  • Mauro Pirovano
  • Paul Fauvel
  • Paul Trovatori
  • Pawel Parma
  • Petter Svanaes
  • Sebastien Bustamante
  • Sotris Neophytidis
  • Thomas Amir Korby
  • Thortleifur Sigurbjörnsson
  • Oleg Buyalo

Certified Passes

  • Ivo Peralta
  • Klearhos Kanellakis
  • Marko Radicev
  • Mauro Pirovano
  • Paul Fauvel
  • Pawel Parma
  • Petter Svanaes
  • Thomas Amir Korby
  • Thortleifur Sigurbjörnsson
  • Crystal Xiao
  • Marko Roosve
  • Jurica Gojevic
  • Romanos Apostolos Ioannou
  • Christian Sanchez
  • Tawat Hattatammanoon
  • Andrea Curatolo
  • Grigoriou Konstantinos
  • Debojyoti Bhattacharjee
  • Julian Dode

09

Mar

Introductory and Certified, Northcote, March 2017

  • By Ronan Sayburn

We had 23 people attempt the Introductory exam with 21 passes and 21 people attempt the Certified exam with 11 passes.

Congratulations to all!

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Introductory Passes

  • Miguel Alvarez Angel
  • Jose Balado
  • Richard Braken
  • Joan Casajuana Cunill
  • Valentin Checa Pelayo
  • Silvia Dorin Craciun
  • Olivier Epersen
  • Matthieu Ghezouli
  • Hannah Gillies
  • Pernille Jorgensen
  • Andrew Langford
  • Claude Le Goff
  • Valentina Litman
  • Rebecca Mitchel
  • Robert Myers
  • Kaspars Reitup
  • William Rizo
  • Ricardo Rodrigues
  • Derek Scaife
  • Joakim Thorstensen
  • Helen Winnett

Certified Passes

  • Miguel Alvarez Angel
  • Valentin Checa Pelayo
  • Silvia Dorin Craciun
  • Olivier Epersen
  • Hannah Gillies
  • Andrew Langford
  • Robert Myers
  • Kaspars Reitup
  • Ricardo Rodrigues
  • Johanna Thiele
  • Mikolaj Harminder

09

Feb

Introductory and Certified, Torquay, February 2017

  • By Ronan Sayburn

We had 23 out of 25 people who passed the Introductory course, and 13 out of 18 for the Certified.

Congratulations to all!

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Introductory Passes

  • Giovanni Petitto
  • Marko Magi
  • Francesco Cosci
  • Marie-Clothilde Dardel
  • Miguel Gomez
  • Matteo Montone
  • Maureen McKenna
  • Anurag Muley
  • Mark Kerr
  • Andre Luis Martins
  • Doris Trusso Sfrazzetto
  • Gabriel Liotta
  • Raffaele Leonardo Silvestre
  • Ludovic Fritegotto
  • Jun Ruan
  • Marc Plantevin
  • Marek Rakowski
  • Jordi Leon Bacarisas
  • Benoit Chaligne
  • Richard Fisher
  • Martin Jezek
  • Gabrielle Villano
  • Carmen Loyola

Certified Passes

  • Giovanni Petitto
  • Marko Magi
  • Francesco Cosci
  • Miguel Gomez
  • Matteo Montone
  • Gabriel Liotta
  • Ludovic Fritegotto
  • Jun Ruan
  • Marc Plantevin
  • Marek Rakowski
  • Jordi Leon Bacarisas
  • Martin Jezek
  • Sanya Abhay

12

Jan

Advanced, Torquay, January 2017

  • By Ronan Sayburn

We had 19 candidates who attempted the Advanced exam in Torquay, South Devon, there were 8 passes.

Congratulations to all!

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Advanced Passes

  • Mircea Anca
  • Antonin Dubuis
  • Maciej Lyko
  • Tanguy Martin
  • Valentin Radoslav
  • Svetoslav Manolev
  • Roberto Duran
  • Marco Iaccarino

06

Dec

Introductory and Certified, Faro, Portugal, December 2016

  • By Ronan Sayburn

We had 21 out of 22 people who passed the Introductory course, and 10 out of 20 for the Certified.

Congratulations to all!

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Introductory Passes

  • Daniele Chelo
  • Thomas Klein
  • Pedro de Miranda
  • Genevieve Douglas
  • Manual Fernandez Benitez
  • Pedro Ferreira
  • Jurica Gojevic
  • Nelson Guerreiro
  • Antonio Lopez
  • Stefania Mascellino
  • Zareh Mesrobyan
  • Daniel Minorics
  • Filipe Perdro
  • Adam Pledger
  • Nikola Predovic
  • Miguel Angel Prieto Crespo
  • Cristian Sanchez
  • Niels Philip Toase
  • Rodolfo Tristao
  • Filipe Wang
  • Andrea Zarbetto

Certified Passes

  • Manual Fernandez Benitez
  • Pedro Ferreira
  • Nelson Guerreiro
  • Zareh Mesrobyan
  • Miguel Angel Prieto Crespo
  • Niels Philip Toase
  • Javier Perez Caballero
  • Alejandro Lopez
  • Kajetan Zalewski
  • Thomas Klein
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