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New Zealand Wine Professional Competitions

When:

Sun 13 Sep 2015, 10:00am–3:00pm
Mon 14 Sep 2015, 1:00pm–6:00pm

Where: New Zealand School of Food and Wine, Level 3, 104 Customs Street West, Viaduct, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • New Zealand Wine Professional Competitions Registration: $85.00
  • Additional fees may apply

New Zealand Wine Professional Competitions 2015

Sunday 13 & Monday 14 September, 10am
As part of the New Zealand School of Food and Wine's on-going commitment to support career development in the hospitality industry, we are pleased to announce the New Zealand Sommelier of the Year competition.

Guided by Master Sommelier, Cameron Douglas we are looking forward to encouraging young and experienced hospitality professionals to enter this challenge.

Our goal is to create a challenging competition that will test the skills of experienced sommeliers and to offer the Junior Sommelier competition for people who are ambitious to excel but need more time and experience in the industry. For those who working in wine sales, retail and cellar door, there is the Young New Zealand Wine Professional of the year award.

New Zealand Sommelier of the Year

This award recognizes excellence in New Zealand and international wine knowledge for outstanding candidates working as a sommelier or senior manager in a hotel, lodge or restaurant. We encourage entries from candidates who can demonstrate excellent wine service and communication skills along with an in depth knowledge of wines from around the world.
Sponsor: New Zealand School of Food and Wine & Louis Roederer
Prize:
- Return flight to Paris
- VIP hosting for a day at Louis Roederer including a full tour of the cellars & lunch
- Return transfers Paris to Reims
- One night accommodation Reims
- All meals provided

Junior 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.
Sponsor: Misha’s Vineyard
Prize:
- Return flight to Queenstown
- 2 nights accommodation with Misha’s Vineyard/The Rees Hotel
- Helicopter tour around the key winegrowing regions of Central Otago
- Special dinner at the award-winning True South Dining Room (Exec-Chef - Ben Batterbury) and joined by the General Manager of The Rees Hotel
- Tasting sessions to gain an in-depth understanding of Central Otago sub-regions/varietals
- All meals provided

Young New Zealand Wine Professional of the Year

This award recognises excellence in New Zealand wine knowledge for outstanding candidates working in wine sales, retail, cellar door or wine distribution sectors. We encourage entries from candidates who wish to develop their wine skills and progress to more senior positions in their chosen field.
Sponsor: Hans Herzog Estate
Prize:
- Return flights to Blenheim for the Herzog Harvest Weekend in April 2016
- Attend Herzog Harvest Weekend: this is a great chance to pick grapes in the vineyard, help in the winery, taste the Herzog wines and learn about their winemaking philosophy, which is intimately tied up in their outstanding vineyard restaurant for a special lunch and dinner.
- 2 nights accommodation
- All meals provided

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