Latvian sommelier pronounced Europe's best

Sommelier Raimonds Tomsons of the Vincents restaurant was pronounced Europe's top wine expert at the Sommelier EM 2017 competition in Vienna on May 12.

A total 36 wine experts partook in the two-day competition, with Tomsons chosen from the final four.

"The contest was organized very professionally. Despite the standard order – a difficult theory test, blind tastings, food and wine matching tasks, practical servicing and other tasks," he said.

"The most difficult thing was not losing your cool, as tests had a time limit, while the final was like an onstage show which was viewed by 26 million people in a broadcast on social networks," revealed Tomsons.

The contest took part for the 14th consecutive year. Up until now it had been an exclusively European affair but sommeliers from Morocco, South Africa and Mauritania also took part. 

Tomsons finished 7th in last year's championship. He's a three-time Latvian and Baltic top sommelier, as well as the winner of the Trophy Grand Champagne 2011 award.

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