Sommelier stuff: Tutorials, wine challenge to be held at Food & Hotel China

Asia Wine Institute head Tommy Lam will lead three tutorials during the Food and Hotel China 2009 trade show slated for November 18 to 20 in Shanghai:

  • November 19 (3–4.30): PM: How to become certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers
  • November 20 (10–11.30 AM): An introduction to basic sommelier skills
  • November 20 (1–2:30 PM): How to increase wine sales

Tutorials are RMB100 each or RMB200 for all three. To register or for more info, contact Francesca Xu at or o10- 5828-7728.

Lam is also organizing the China Sommeliers Wine Challenge during the trade show. The judging panel has both international and local sommeliers, including three participants in this year’s China National Sommelier Competition (see here and here) – Hans Qu of Shenzhen Intercontinental Hotel (winner), Vivian Tian of Kee Club in Shanghai (first runner-up), and Jason Shi of China World Hotel in Beijing (second runner-up) – as well as Lu Yang of the Peninsula Hotel in Shanghai, winner of last year’s Penfold Sommelier Competition (see here). Kelvin Tay of the Pudong Shangri-la will head the panel. Other judges include Jacky Goergler from Jean Georges and Franck from Kathleens 5 in Shanghai, as well as Elyse Lambert from Canada, Andres Rosberg from Argentina, and Michael Jordan from the United States. See more details here.

See here for more details on the challenge and others events being held during the Wine & Spirits portion of Food and Hotel China 2009.

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