The Taittinger UK Sommelier of the Year competition recognises the very finest talent in wine service. Organised by The Caterer and recognised by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, the event is open to professional sommeliers working in the UK.

Widely regarded as the premier accolade in UK wine service, past winners include some of the industry's leading lights when it comes to wine knowledge including Nicolas Clerc, Ronan Sayburn, Xavier Rousset and the late Gerard Basset. Candidates are judged on their wine and drink expertise as well as their ability to deal efficiently and knowledgeably with customers by demonstrating exemplary front of house skills.

Vincenzo Arnese was named the winner of the 2022 competition having excelled in the live tasks in front of an audience of wine industry leaders. The head sommelier from Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester triumphed, having beaten Agnieszka Swiecka and Gareth Ferreira in a closely fought contest. 

Entries for the UK Sommelier of the Year 2023 are now closed. To register your interest for next year, please click the button to the right.

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