Ghe­o­rgh­inete from the Annabelle wins B&G som­me­lier com­pe­ti­tion

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Elena Ghe­o­rgh­inete, som­me­lier at the Annabelle Ho­tel in Paphos was the win­ner of the first B&G Cyprus Som­me­lier Contest or­gan­ised by Pho­tos Pho­ti­ades Dis­trib­u­tors, Bar­ton & Guestier and the Cyprus Som­me­lier As­so­ci­a­tion.

The event was held at the Karatello Restau­rant Carob Mill in Li­mas­sol where eight som­me­liers from all over Cyprus took part in the closed contest.

George Loukakis from the Columbia Steak House Restau­rant in Li­mas­sol was sec­ond with Mar­ios Con­stan­tinides of the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel in Li­mas­sol third.

The com­pe­ti­tion started with a writ­ten test on ques­tions about France and B&G. A blind tast­ing of two wines was fol­lowed by an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of five spir­its from France.

Then the eight fi­nal­ists had to face two prac­ti­cal tests in front of an au­di­ence of 60 peo­ple: 1. to serve cham­pagne promptly to the three guests; and, 2. to de­cant and serve a bot­tle of B&G Châteauneuf du Pape to three guests.

The con­tes­tants were also judged on their at­ti­tude, com­mer­cial skills and the use of for­eign lan­guage as the com­pe­ti­tion was con­ducted in English. The equip­ment used was spon­sored by Vi­rardi En­ter­prises.

Along with the trophy con­firm­ing the win­ner, Elena joined a group from Pho­tos Pho­ti­ades Dis­trib­u­tors for a five day trip to Bordeaux to visit the fa­mous B&G Château Mag­nol.

The judges in­cluded mem­bers of the Cyprus Som­me­lier as­so­ci­a­tion: oe­nol­o­gists Mar­cos Zam­bar­tas and Sopho­cles Vlas­sides, Irak­lis Christophorou (ex-Pres­i­dent), Ar­gyris Kon­tos (Alexan­der the Great Beach Ho­tel), An­dreas Kypri­anou (Vinocul­tura), Alissa Gorchin­skaya (Cham­pion), George Zacharoglou (ex-Cham­pion and of Le Meri­dien), Costas Pishias (Pres­i­dent of the Cyprus Bar­tenders As­so­ci­a­tion), Ni­cos Char­alam­bous (Colos­seum Restau­rant), Dr An­dreas Em­manouel (ex-Pres­i­dent) and Yian­noula Vas­sil­i­adou (Cyprus Friends of Wine).

Va­sos Manoli (Risto La Pi­azza), chair­man of the Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee said: “This year we had some very good pa­pers, of much higher stan­dard than be­fore and es­pe­cially at the prac­ti­cal ser­vice, the re­sults of which im­pressed the judges. We have set out to ed­u­cate our mem­bers and the re­sults from this com­pe­ti­tion are en­cour­ag­ing. This makes our task harder for the next two years in pre­par­ing som­me­liers for the Kyper­ounda Win­ery Best Young Som­me­lier that will be held on De­cem­ber 11.”

Elena Ghe­o­rgh­inete, the win­ner said, “This is only my first goal, but I will aim at a top win­ning the Best Young and the Na­tional, dream­ing also of a ten spot at the Euro­pean contest in Vi­enna 2017.”

Elena, who was born in Ro­ma­nia and has worked for the last four years in Cyprus, added, “I felt this is the pay­off for all the hard work, all the sleep­less nights I chose to stay in and study.”

At the lunch that fol­lowed, about 40 guests en­joyed a glass of B&G wines and the culi­nary team of the Karatello Restau­rant pre­pared a meze menu.

In his con­clud­ing speech George Kas­sianos, Pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion, said:

“There are many win­ners tonight not just Elena. It is a vic­tory for wine, and par­tic­u­lar French wine, the pro­fes­sion of Som­me­liers and es­pe­cially the eight pro­fes­sional can­di­dates have ben­e­fited from the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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