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Sud de France launches Sommelier of the Year

Published:  24 August, 2009

Umbrella brand Sud de France has launched a new competition to find the Sud de France UK Sommelier of the Year.

The competition aims to identify the UK sommelier with the best knowledge of the Languedoc-Roussillon region and its wines and gives entrants the opportunity to raise their profile and that of their employer and profession.

The winner's prize which will be announced on September 7, is a three-day luxury trip for two to Languedoc-Roussillon, including 4-star hotel accommodation, a tailor-made tasting tour of selected premium vineyards within the region, and a gourmet dinner at London's prestigious Hibiscus restaurant with specially-selected wines.

The Sud de France UK Sommelier of the Year 2009/2010 award is supported by the regional council of Languedoc-Roussillon, plus members of the UK wine and restaurant trade, and press.

The judging panel includes Tamlyn Currin (journalist and contributor to, Frédéric Grappe (owner of wine importer Dynamic Vines), Anthony Moss (research and development director, Wine and Spirits Education Trust), Guillaume Siard (owner of London wine bar and restaurant La Trouvaille) and Stefen Gorda (head sommelier, Hotel du Vin, Bristol).

The finals which will be held at held at London's Maison de la Région Languedoc-Roussillon and will test competitors' practical skills and knowledge.

The winner will also receive the Sud de France UK Sommelier of the Year trophy, designed and created from recycled vineyard wire by Languedoc-Roussillon artist Alexia Carmona.