By Jim Boyce
Hans Qu of the Intercontinental Hotel in Shenzhen took top prize in the final round of the China National Sommelier Competition held in Shanghai yesterday. Vivian Tian of the Kee Club in Shanghai took second place. Both will go to the Best Sommelier of Asia-Oceania competition to be held in Japan this November.
The finals, organized by Tommy Lam and Asia Business Group, were based on the rules of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI). Shinya Tasaki, chair of the ASI Technical Commission and deemed the world’s best sommelier in 1995, headed the panel of judges.
The eight finalists faced a full day of tests, including a written exam, a blind tasting, decanting and food and wine pairing exercises, and a lunch service during which they were rated by a table of judges, who did their best to consume all of the wines poured. I will post the full results tomorrow and will soon post an interview with Tasaki, a summary of the event, and a slew of photos.
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