New Zealand Young Sommelier of the Year
This award recognises excellence in New Zealand wine knowledge for outstanding candidates working in any hospitality business. We encourage entries from candidates who wish to develop their wine skills and progress to more senior positions in their chosen field.
Sunday 28 July 2019
9.30 - 11.00am | Written Exam and Blind Tasting
Includes multi-choice and short answer
Blind tasting of 2 New Zealand Wines
11am Meet John Szabo MS
1.30pm | Three Finalist will be announced
1.30pm Service and selling techniques:
- Table One: Open wine (under cork) at the table for guest judges (5 minutes)
- Table Two: Food and Wine Pairing and Ageing potential of New Zealand Wines
Convenor of Judges: Marek Przyborek CMS Advanced, Head Sommelier Sky City, Winner NZ Sommelier of the Year 2018
Guest Judge: John Szabo MS
12-6.30pm NZ Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Wine Tasting and Masterclasses
6pm AGM of New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals
7pm Awards Dinner at NZ School of Food and Wine
Terms & Conditions
- Must be aged under 27 years on July 1 2019
- Must have worked or be working in a restaurant for 12 months
- Must a member of the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Association
Prize: A two day trip to visit the vineyards of the North Canterbury Wine Region before 30 November 2019.
The prize includes a winery tour, dinner and private tutored tasting with Dom Maxwell of Greystone and New Zealand Winemaker of the Year. Two night's accommodation at Black Estate's B & B on the Home vineyard and lunch for two at the Black Estate Restaurant.
Please click here to register
Bethany Jeffries wins New Zealand Junior Sommelier of the Year, 2018