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Amorim Scholarship ‘Taster of the Year’


The Court of Master Sommeliers Europe is pleased to announce a unique sponsorship agreement with Corticeira Amorim.

Taking effect from March 2015, this new sponsorship offers Master Sommeliers and student members access to education on wine faults, and the benefits of cork closures – as well as the opportunity for Diploma candidates to be awarded the Amorim ‘Taster of the Year’ Trophy at the annual MS examinations in London.

Corticeira Amorim, the world’s largest producer of wine stoppers, joins Riedel glass, The Dorchester Hotel and Ruinart Champagne amongst others, as Court of Master Sommelier Europe supporters.

Speaking on behalf of the Court of Master Sommeliers Europe, COO Ronan Sayburn MS said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Amorim to our small, exclusive group of sponsors. The CMS been the premier examining body for Sommeliers worldwide for almost 40 years, and regularly run examinations for students not only in the UK, but also globally. The Master Sommelier qualification is much coveted – at the moment we have 230 members across the world who are entitled to use the initials MS after their names.’

‘The opening and serving a bottle of wine is a key skill for our Sommeliers – now we can work with Amorim to develop an in depth understanding of cork stoppers.’

Commenting on the partnership, Carlos de Jesus, Amorim’s Director of Marketing &

Communication, said: ‘It is particularly apt, as these Master Sommeliers are key ambassadors for us. They are the point of contact with the consumer, as a bottle of wine is selected, opened and poured. And with fine wines, such as the ones on top restaurant lists, the majority of bottles are naturally cork-closed.

‘We are delighted to be able to support such an important educational organisation as the Master Sommeliers, and the vital work they are doing with in the hospitality industry’.

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The scholarship winner will travel to the Alentejo cork forests of Portugal, to witness the annual cork harvest. They will then observe the cork processing, cleaning and sorting processes in Amorims cork manufacturing plants in the Alentejo and Lisbon, plus attend a technical masterclass on common wine faults, TCA and other chlorine based taints.

  • 2016 Winner – Tobias Brauweiler MS



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