From blind-tasting, product knowledge, wine pairing, professional pouring, and preparing classic cocktails. Each workshop was designed to test their technical knowledge and showcase their ability to combine classic French wine service etiquette with a personal modern Asian flair.
When it comes to wine, French wine is ranked as the top preferred choice for people around the globe. The sommelier is one of the key factors that make us enjoy wine even more. With its reputation enjoy an unprecedented global reputation, which is no small part down to the gifted and passionate sommeliers who challenge the industry and wineries by constantly reinventing the wine customer experience. This competition seeks to recognize the talent of those individuals. Tested on their knowledge of French wines and spirits, grapes, French cheeses, serving techniques, and other skills related to wine serving, the sommeliers went through a series of tests under the supervision of a selected judge panel.
The Thai edition of the Best Sommelier in French Wines competition took place on November 9th with Khun Phatrachot Dechapok announced as 2020 winner.
Presented by the French Ministry of Agriculture, the competition rounded up 15 contenders for the semi-finals, of which only three candidates were selected to participate in the final showdown held on the same day.
Winner Khun Phatrachot and first-placed runner-up Khun Chatchai will now go on to represent Thailand in the Asia regional competition to be held on November 26th and December 14th. Competing for the coveted 2020 Asia title will be the top two sommeliers from eight Asian countries—Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Macao and South Korea.
Held annually, the Best Sommelier in French Wines competition is a celebration of French wines and gastronomy — or, to put it another way, a celebration of the very essence of French life or “joie de vivre.”