Some 15 front of house stars made the finals day of UK Sommelier of the Year 2019, but only one could triumph: Romain Bourger of the Vineyard. Fiona Sims reports
Gareth Ferreira is wringing his hands. "I didn't use the measure," he says, looking rather despondent as he waits to hear the results that will decide if he has made it through to the final.
The Core by Clare Smyth sommelier had already made it into the final six of the Champagne Taittinger UK Sommelier of the Year competition, held at the Savoy hotel, but during the table service task he had measured out glasses of wine solely using his naked eye. "There's a reason why the measure is there," warns judge and former winner Christopher Delalonde, afterwards.
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