The Ruinart Sommelier Challenge 2023


The one-day event will start with a 40 minute-written blind tasting of 4 wines that can be from any region in the world – still or sparkling. The evaluation is based on their description, suggestions for pairing and serving temperature.


Created in 2010 and held in 20 cities around the world, the Ruinart Sommelier Challenge is a program that aims to unite talented sommeliers with values of excellence who wish to continue their training in wine and wine making.

The winners of each national edition participate, the year after their victories, in a 4-day training session in the Champagne region.

The winning Sommeliers from each edition, being run across 20 countries worldwide, will participate in an all-expenses-paid, four-day educational trip to Champagne later this year. Hosted by Panaïotis and his team of winemakers, the trip will be a deep dive into multiple aspects of this wine-producing region as well as participating in a series of technical tastings.

Panaïotis added: “When we first launched the Ruinart Sommelier Challenge, our ambition was to bring to Sommeliers the kind of technical knowledge which can’t be easily found in books, on the internet or at classic wine tastings. This Challenge was meant to select the greatest talents and help educate, develop and promote the wine community. We also wanted to bring a unique experience and create a human adventure, unforgettable as much as aspirational, for the winners. As a result, since 2010, we’ve built a fantastic community of Sommeliers.”

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