There were 1200-plus applicants for this year’s Young China Sommelier Team Competition, with 63 participants from 21 teams making the final round in Qingdao earlier this month. I already posted about the winners as well as an interview with organizer Tommy Lam. Here are a few collages of photos from the event.
The competition started with a written exam taken during the morning by all participants.
The teams next took a service test. Each had six minutes to prepare glasses, open a bottle of wine, and decant, pour and serve it. Each team member also had to participate in explaining the wine to the judges, led by Court of Master Sommeliers CEO Bryan Julyan, and recommending a Chinese dish and a Western dish to pair with it.
The top three teams then went on stage to show their skills in front of both their peers and the judges. They were given three dishes and asked to find a wine for each from among sixteen options on stage. They were then asked to decant and serve an old bottle of wine. Finally, they opened and poured sparkling wine. All of these tasks had strict time limits.
Then it was over! Here are a few more photos, both of the winners and of some of the other fun during the day.
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