The 20th contest for "Best Sommelier in Switzerland 2016" took place this Sunday, October 30, in Geneva. Thirty years after the first Ruinart Trophy in 1986, the Beau-Rivage Hotel hosted this anniversary edition.
In front of a large audience and a professional jury, the 3 finalists, Aurélien Blanc (Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich), Reza Nahaboo (Hotel Royal Savoy in Lausanne) and Fabien Mene (Mandarin Oriental in Geneva), have completed theoretical and practical tests which included: serving a bottle of Champagne following the rules of art; pairing food and wine for a given menu; decanting a wine; correcting a wine list in a foreign language; tasting and presenting three Swiss wines; identifying 5 brandies or spirits and finnaly general knowledge tests.
The Swiss Association of Professional Sommeliers (ASSP), initiator and organizer of the event was extremely pleased with the level of interest and the public attendance to a contest which provides visibility to the hospitality and gastronomy industry.
- The title of "Best Sommelier of Switzerland" in 2016 went to Reza Nahaboo - Hotel Royal Savoy Lausanne
- The "Vice Best Sommelier in Switzerland" 2016 is Aurélien Blanc - Hotel Baur au Lac Zurich
- The third finalist is: Fabien Mene - Mandarin Oriental Geneva
About the sponsors
The Swiss Association for Professional Sommelier (ASSP). The ASSP was born in 1993 from the merger of three pre-existing associations. It is a non-profit professional association. Since 1997, the ASSP is an active member of the A.S.I. (The International Sommelier Association) which develops numerous trainings and events for the hospitality and catering industry.
Quattromani. The Quattromani wine (four hands wine), was created in 2000 by four producers from Ticino: Guido Brivio, Angelo Delea, Feliciano Gialdi and Claudio Tamborini. The wine is a blend of their best Merlot wines, it is designed to promote and represent the excellence of the Ticino wine production. The four Ticino producers have decided to support the association and the contest "Best Sommelier in Switzerland ASSP, 2016 because they promote the same values.
Swisswine. The special Swiss Wine prize is designed to recognize the importance of sommeliers to promote the quality of Swiss wines in Switzerland and abroad. Switzerland produces only a third of the national wine consumption and is therefore confronted to a vivid foreign wine competition. It is the role of Swis Wine Promotion to cultivate a consumer preference for local wines.