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Top UK sommelier to be crowned at LIWF

Published:  10 February, 2012

This year's UK Sommelier of the Year will be crowned at the London International Wine Fair in May.

The Academy of Food and Wine Service's UK sommelier final will, for the first time, be held at the fair on Wednesday May 23.

Now in its 33rd year, the UK Sommelier of the Year has previously been won by Matthew Wilkin, Gearoid Devaney and Xavier Rousset among others. Entrants are tested on product knowledge and their ability to serve correctly. This will be put to the test in a mock up restaurant at the fair.

"Holding the UK Sommelier of the Year competition at LIWF is an exciting move for the Academy, putting the competition in the heart of what is one of the most important dates in the wine trade calendar. The competition has a high profile in the hospitality industry, and holding the final at LIWF will raise its profile among wine professionals and producers," said AFWS executive director Sophie Roberts Brown.

James Murray, LIWF director, said: "We are delighted to welcome a competition of this calibre to the LIWF as part of our 2012 on-trade initiatives. The event is set to attract many of the top sommeliers from around the country and we expect it to generate plenty of excitement and anticipation in the run up to this year's fair."

The finals of the competition will take place in the Waterfront Rooms and places will be available by invitation only. See for more details.