Ten of some of the region’s most talented sommeliers converged at the L’Hotel Causeway Bay in Hong Kong yesterday to take part in Wines of South Africa’s third annual Sommelier Cup which recognizes the rising stars of the world’s wine service industry.
The day kicked off with a blind tasting of a white and red wine which was later revealed to be Bellingham The Bernard Series Whole Bunch Roussanne 2014 and Kershaw Syrah 2012 – a cool climate Syrah which appeared to be more akin to a Pinot Noir in style.
Next, each of the sommeliers appeared in front of a tough panel of judges, Debra Meiburg MW; Nelson Chow, chairman of Hong Kong Sommelier Association and Herve Pennequin, former head sommelier of the Hong Kong Jockey Club to recommend particular South African wines with the set menu which included smoked salmon, foie gras, sea bass, salt marsh lamb and chocolate cake served with Morello liquor sorbet. Finally, they had to correctly open, serve and decant a bottle of red wine.
Source: The Drink Business. https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/
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