The jury of this edition, organised by the Vitoria-Gasteiz Wine City Association and the Euskadi Association of Sommeliers, has designated Haemin Song, sommelier at the Mugaritz Restaurant, as the winner of the Championship.
The competition, in which 15 sommeliers from our territory took part and in which several theoretical and practical tests were carried out, was decided in a blind tasting of various denominations and typologies, including some wines from Basque Wine.
In the end, of the four finalists (Rodrigo Andaur from Bodega San Martin Ábalos, Haemin Song from Restaurante Mugaritz, Jorge Rodríguez from Restaurante Lumbre and Luis Gómez García from the distributor Soul Wines), the jury decided to recognise the sommelier from Restaurante Mugaritz as the representative of the Basque Country for the national competition of the Union of Spanish Sommelier Associations (UAES), which will be held at the Salón Gourmets in Madrid.
At the event there was also a special recognition awarded by RA Original to Jon Santxotena of The Bost Restaurant in Vitoria-Gasteiz for his career and dedication to the world of wine.
This championship has been sponsored by the Department of Economic Promotion and Commerce of the Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council, the wine platform of 54 Rioja Alavesa wineries for the on-trade and private individuals RA Original (www.raoriginal.eus) and the HAZI Foundation of the Basque Government's Department of Economic Development and Infrastructures, as well as other collaborators who have joined the initiative.
The jury of this edition, organised by the Vitoria-Gasteiz Wine City Association and the Basque Association of Sommeliers, has designated Haemin Song from the Mugaritz Restaurant as the winner of the Championship.
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