The European-wide competition for the Ambassadors of Champagne was created in 2005 and is open to anyone whose vocation is the transmission of knowledge concerning wine. The goal of this annual contest is to stimulate and strengthen the domain of wine education: teachers, oenologists, sommeliers, cellar managers, people of any and all backgrounds who can prove that they are actively involved in wine education, whether in a hospitality school, a wine tasting club, a specialized agency, or as part of a magazine or blog.
The theme of this year’s competition and the subject of the contestants’ presentation is “What makes Champagne region unique”. The Comité Champagne hopes that this theme will allow deeper insight into the originality and singularity of this terroir, its history and unique know-how. A rich dialogue between tradition and innovation, this pedagogical approach will have to define the essence of Champagne’s identity.
This competition will give the contestants opportunities to discover rare cuvees, to meet Champagne growers and houses in highly symbolic places for the designation, and to share insights with candidates from eight other countries in a cheerful and studious ambiance.
The 2012 European prizewinner, Gido Von Imschoot, sommelier and professor at the Spermalie Hospitality School at Bruges, recounts that the competition allowed him to “explore this theme in a deep manner” and that “the region is alive with wine, tourism, and culture”. He says, “I’m happy today to have participated at my level, as part of this momentum.”
The competition is open to educators from the following countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Great Britain, and Switzerland.
Deadline for submission of entries: 7 July 2013 at midnight. National finals: 2 to 27 September 2013
More information on www.lesambassadeursduchampagne.com.
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