Monday, April 12, 2010, 8:00 AM
Fifty-one candidates stood nervously in the hallway, waiting for the moment to arrive. Some had been through this before, others were about to be initiated. The moment they had all been waiting for, preparing for–and maybe even dreading–had arrived. The 13th World’s Best Sommelier Competition was about to begin.
The first day of the competition begins with a 1.5-hour written exam that ca covers such wide-ranging topics as wines from around the world, distilled spirits, coffee, tea, cigars, and more. They then continued with a blind tasting of in which they had to describe and identify 3 drinks (wines and spirits). A water tasting and the Peter Lehman Shiraz competition (an optional component–a competition within the competition) followed. In the afternoon they each had 2.5 minutes to demonstrate their service skills.
The judges now have their work cut out for them. All the tests will be evaluated and the best 12 to 15 will be selected to go on to the semi-finals on Wednesday, April 13.
Good luck to one and all!
Some pictures from the earliest moments of the competition: