Julie, the winner of the Best Sommelier in Ireland 2015, works in Greenhouse Restaurant, Dawson Street, Dublin but is also Portfolio Brand Ambassador for Champagne brands with Edward Dillion and Co.
The Best Sommelier competition took place on the stage of the legendary Theatre Independence in Mendoza City before over 600 people. It was shown live on a giant screen at the Park Hyatt Mendoza and could be seen from anywhere in the world in real time online.
At the end, a gala dinner by Argentina’s best chefs took place with wines chosen by the winners of the previous editions of the Best Sommelier of Argentina contest.
Jon Arvid Rosengren of Sweden won the overall title while David Biraud of France came second.
61 candidates competed in the Quarter-Finals which comprised a written paper covering all aspects of beverages ranging from the wines of the world to spirits, liqueurs, beers and non-alcoholic drinks (including teas and coffees). This was followed by a blind tasting of two wines from which 15 went through to the Semis. At this stage candidates had to answer a written paper and complete a number of practical tests.
For the Final, three competitors were selected to compete for the title ‘Best Sommelier of the World’. Over three hours of competition saw the candidates being tested in the blind tasting of spirits and liqueurs, the correction of a wine list and the service of wine to guests in a restaurant, making and serving a Dry Martini cocktail and the service of champagne along with other practical tests.
Julie was the highest-placed Irish contestant since Ireland last won bronze at the competitions in Rio de Janerio in 1992. The competition takes place every three years.
Moet and Chandon Champagne was one of the main sponsors of the world competition and of the Irish competition.