Julie Dupouy Young has won a bronze medal at the Best Sommelier of the World Competition in Argentina, which took place in Mendoza, Argentina recently.
The Grand Final was held on April 19th on the stage of the Theatre Independence Mendoza City before more than six hundred people, including representatives of delegations from around the world. It was shown live on a screen at the Park Hyatt Mendoza, and could be watched in real time online. At the end a gala dinner by the best chefs in Argentina took place.
The winner of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers Best Sommelier in Ireland 2015 competition, Julie Dupouy Young, of Greenhouse Restaurant, Dawson Street, Dublin and Portfolio Brand Ambassador for Champagne Brands with Edward Dillion and Co. Ltd., represented Ireland at the competition and was placed third overall. The competition was won by Jon Arvid Rosengren of Sweden, while David Biraud of France was placed second.
61 candidates competed in the semi finals, which comprised of 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.
After the semi finals, 15 went through to the quarter finals. At this stage candidates had to answer a written paper and a number of practical tests. For the final competition the candidates assembled before an audience of 600 guests at the Theatre Independence Mendoza City and three competitors were selected to compete in the final competition for the title of Best Sommelier of the World. Over three hours of competition the candidates were tested in the following categories: 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, the service of champagne along with other practical tests.
Julie's win is the highest placed Irish contestant since Ireland last won bronze at the competitions in Rio de Janerio in 1992. The Irish Guild of Sommeliers has competed at the world sommelier competitions since 1983.
The World's Best Sommelier Competition has been in existence since 1969 and takes place every three years in one of the ASI member countries that has been authorized by the A.S.I .to host the event.