"I never thought that watching a blind tasting could be so exciting," whispered a guest behind me at the UK Sommelier of the Year competition, held at London's Savoy Hotel last week.
Finalist Alex Freguin has just done a complete about-turn; there is a collective gasp from the 300-strong audience as he boldly declares to the judges that the three wines in front of him are from Piedmont, not the Loire as he first stated.
This is as difficult as it gets in the country's toughest sommelier competition, run by The Caterer in partnership with the Academy of Food and Wine Service, and now in its 39th year. The winner gets to enter the European Sommelier of the Year competition, and ultimately, the World's Best Sommelier - nirvana for your ambitious sommelier.
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