Romain Bourger has been named the Taittinger UK Sommelier of the Year 2019.
Having excelled in the live tasks in front of an audience of wine industry leaders, the Vineyard at Stockcross, near Newbury. head sommelier won, having beaten Gareth Ferreira and Alan Bednarski in a closely fought final at the Savoy hotel in London today.
Ferreira, head sommelier at Core by Clare Smyth in London's Notting Hill, placed second, while Texture in London's head sommelier Bednarski was third in the competition, organised by The Caterer in partnership with the Academy of Food and Wine Service and sponsored by Taittinger.
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