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14

Oct

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

08

Oct

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

18

May

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:

http://www.decanter.com/people-and-places/wine-articles/583810/what-does-it-take-to-become-a-master-sommelier

10

May

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:

http://youtu.be/yn75FphFjgI

18

Mar

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

  • By Laura Rhys

gerard-basset-decanterCOURT OF MASTER SOMMELIERS, CONGRATULATES GERARD BASSET “DECANTER – MAN OF THE YEAR 2013”

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.

Decanter.com 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,”

18

Jan

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.

18

Dec

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.

18

Nov

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.

02

Nov

New Sonoma AVA

  • By Laura Rhys

A new AVA in Sonoma has been approved.

Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak AVA overlaps portions of Alexander Valley, Northern Sonoma, and the southern portions of Mendocino County.

The original name for the AVA, Pine Mountain-Mayacamas, was changed after protests from the Napa Valley Vintners.

18

Oct

Proposals to create Sub districts within Penedes DO

  • By Laura Rhys

The Penedes region of Spain is preparing for changes to its appellation system.

A campaign by the producers to demarcate the region into five or six sub-zones, with emphasis on promoting some superior sub-regions within the generic appellation.

There are two chains of mountains and a valley in the middle of Penedès, resulting in different microclimates and varying soil compositions – all these differences make five or six distinct areas which give different wines.’ Vines grow from sea level up to to 800m.

The proposed sub-regions are Penedès–Garraf, Ordal, Alt Penedes, Central Valley A and Central Valley B. A sixth sub-zone is still being decided upon.

A study to establish the boundaries for each sub-zone, is being conducted before submitting proposals to the Penedès Wine Council.this could take two years to implement.

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