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Introductory and Certified Passes in Thallern, Austria

  • By Laura Rhys

A great result in Thallern, Austria recently – with 25 passes on the Introductory Course (100% pass rate) and a further 16 passed the Certified course. Well done all.

  • Charles Carron-Brown – Passed Intro and Cert
  • Robert Czeilinger – Passed Intro
  • Fiona Figlmüller – Passed Intro
  • Christian Fink – Passed Intro
  • Verena Hof – Passed Intro
  • Stefan How – Passed Intro
  • Joshua Kacimaiwai -Passed Intro
  • Michelle Klein – Passed Intro and Cert
  • Stefan Kobald – Passed Intro
  • Tomasz Kolecki-Majewicz – Passed Intro and Cert
  • Daniel Kortner – Passed Into
  • Norbert Kovacs – Passed Intro and Cert
  • Hans Weinefalk Larsson – Passed Intro and Cert
  • Jessica Marinzeck – Passed Intro and Cert
  • Kayetan Meissner – Passed Intro and Cert
  • Giuseppe Melcangi – Passed Intro
  • Arthur Nagele – Passed Intro
  • Carine Patricio – Passed Intro
  • Piotr Pietras – Passed Intro and Cert
  • Mattias Pitra – Passed Intro and Cert
  • Patrick Somweber – Passed Intro and Cert
  • Nenad Stojkovic – Passed Intro
  • Jan-Willem Van der Hek – Passed Intro and Cert
  • Jurgen Witschko – Passed Intro and Cert
  • Suvad Zlatic – Passed Intro
  • Lloyd Jusa – Passed Cert
  • Thomas Jurantisch – Passed Cert
  • David Haller – Passed Cert
  • Alphan Yilmaz – Passed Cert




Three new Master Sommeliers pass in London Exams

  • By Laura Rhys

We had a very international group for this years MS exam in London; candidates from Singapore, Australia, Mexico, Greece, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and France. There were 24 candidates in total.

The UK restaurants represented included the Savoy, the Ritz, the Ledbury, the Fat Duck, Medlar, Northcote Manor, Zuma and Dinner.

Congratulations to three new Master Sommeliers – Kathrine Larsen from Denmark (who works at Zuma) Aristide Spies from Belgium (who was third in the last World Sommelier Competition in Tokyo) and Sebastien Crowther from Australia.



26 Introductory and Certified Passes In Seoul

  • By Darren Pinder

We are delighted to announce that in the recent Introductory and Certified exminations in Seoul, there were 26 passes in total. The names of those who passed are below.

Don’t forget you can see the gallery of the Seoul examinations here!

Introductory Passes: 17

  • Yun-Jin Kang
  • Yong Hee Kim
  • Hyun Joo Kim
  • Heung Su Kim
  • Hyo Jin Park
  • Hee Sung Park
  • Hye Sung An
  • Young Jin You
  • Seung-Hoon Lee
  • Jung-Hoon Lee
  • Jin Woo Lee
  • In Seon Jang
  • Haein Jeong
  • Nae Jin Cho
  • Yong-Soo Choi
  • Woong Hwangbo
  • Hye-Ryun Hwang

Certified Passes: 9

  • Yong Hee Kim
  • Heung Su Kim
  • Hyo Jin Park
  • Young Jin You
  • Seung-Hoon Lee
  • Jung-Hoon Lee
  • In Seon Jang
  • Yong-Soo Choi
  • Woong Hwangbo



Advanced Passes in Heidelberg, Germany

  • By Darren Pinder

IMG_7815Well done to the latest 4 Advanced students who passed out of a group of 17 students.

  • Pierre Brunelli
  • Andreas Rosendal
  • David Shoemaker
  • Michael Smith

Special congratulations to Pierre Brunelli who wines a specially engraved black Riedel decanter for being the person with the highest marks in a Advanced exam for 2013



Gerard Basset – Decanter Man of the Year 2013

  • By Laura Rhys

The Court congratulates our President Gerard Basset on this wonderful accolade.

The presentation of the award was made in London on 9th May

Full details of the event can be seen via the link below:



Advanced Course in Henley 2013

  • By Laura Rhys

hotel-du-vin-henleyThe Court of Master Sommeliers has posted a video of the recent Advanced Sommelier Course held at the Hotel du Vin in Henley on Thames.

Interviews with candidates and Masters provides an insight into this demanding programme.

See link below:



Gerard Basset MS, MW, OBE Named Decanter Man of the Year

  • By Laura Rhys


First Master Sommelier to Receive Decanter’s Prestigious Man of the Year Award

The Court of Master Sommeliers, is pleased to congratulate Master Sommelier Gerard Basset O.B.E., MS, MW. for his recognition as Decanter magazine’s Man of the Year 2013.

The Court of Master Sommeliers is honoured that this prominent wine publication has recognized an individual from the Court for his leadership in the wine and beverage industries. comments that Gerard is “widely credited with transforming the perception of sommeliers around the world”.

Gerard Basset, became a Master Sommelier in 1989, is the current President of The Court of Master Sommeliers Europe, and is the owner of The Terravina hotel in Hampshire.

Since 1984, Decanter has selected one individual to be the Man or Woman of the Year. Gerard Basset joins an illustrious group of individuals who have also received this title, including Robert Mondavi, André Tchelistcheff, Jancis Robinson and Ernst Loosen.

“The Court of Master Sommeliers warmly congratulates Gerard Basset for this tremendous accolade, which raises awareness for sommeliers worldwide,”



New AVA for Oregon

  • By Laura Rhys

umpqua-valleyElkton has been approved as the latest American Viticultural Area in the US.

The new designation in southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley will take effect from 7 March.

Elkton AVA will encompass an area of 74,900 acres (30,351ha) currently within the northern zone of the larger Umpqua Valley AVA.

Currently, the new AVA will compose of just 5 wineries and 39ha under vine.

The sub-region is ideally suited to growing Pinot Noir and similar cool climate varietals, which is due to closer proximity to the Pacific Ocean, whereas the southern Umpqua AVA can ripen Syrah, Cabernet and such warm climate varietals.’ 

Elkton joins another Umpqua Valley sub-appellation, the Red Hill Douglas County AVA, which was established in 2005.



New Denomination For Côtes de Provence in 2013

  • By Laura Rhys

cotes-de-provenceThe INAO have recently validated a new geographical denomination to be used in the Côtes de Provence Appellation.

12 Communes will be entitled to use the denomination “Côtes de Provence Pierrefeu”.

This will be the fourth denomination approved within the Appellation and will join the three others- St. Victoire, Frejus, & La Londe in producing Red & Rosé wines only.



First Scholarship from Traditionsweingüter Österreich awarded

  • By Laura Rhys

Twenty five candidates from around the world attended the Introductory course and Certified Sommeliers examination held at the Restaurant Brunnauer im Magazin, Salzburg from 14 – 16th November.

Steve Breitzke, Sommelier at the Sofitel in Vienna was awarded the Traditionsweingüter scholarship for achieving the highest overall score in the combined examinations.

The award was presented at the awards ceremony by Mr Michael Moosbrugger Chairman of the Traditionsweingüter Association which among other things is responsible for the development of the Erste Lage classification of single vineyard sites throughout Austria.

In winning the scholarship Steve will receive financial support from the association to continue his studies at advanced level.

After the course a number of candidates were able to participate in a two day wine tour to the Wachau, Kamptal & Weinviertel regions organised by the Austrian Sommelier Association.

The tour included in depth tastings with wine producers from the regions and visits to vineyards and cellars.

The Court of Master Sommeliers and the Austrian Sommeliers Association are working to make Austria an annual venue for courses and examinations in the future.

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