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Ronalds Pētersons of Tallink Hotel Rīga has become the best sommelier of the year

2011/09/09

After two days of competition Ronalds Pētersons, representing the restaurant of Tallink Hotel Rīga, has become the winner of the 6th Latvian Sommelier Contest. His colleague Zigmārs Kalniņš acquired the honorable second place. It should be noted that this was the first competition for both contestants and the joy for the victory is even a surprise.

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When receiving the diploma and prizes from the international jury of the Latvian Sommelier contest the 1st place winner, wine waiter Ronalds Pētersons, did not deny he had not really believed he would win initially: “My main goal was to get into the finals and I did not even expect to show such a good result as several competitors were
colleagues with experience of competition. Now I have to prepare myself for the Baltic Championship which will take place at the end of October in Tartu.”
When asked about what was successful and in which areas his skills need to be perfected Ronalds Pētersons admits that he feels himself confident in wine decanting, or serving, he also had good results in the contest in the “blind” beverage tasting. “However, one has to
be involved in this industry for years to successfully complete all the tasks which require thorough knowledge” says the best sommelier of Latvia 2011. One of the most complicated tasks for the contestants was exactly the so-called “blind tastings” where 2 wines and 5 strong alcoholic beverages had to be guessed.
Raimonds Tomsons, President of the Latvian Association of Sommeliers, remarked that he was pleasantly surprised by the good performance of this year’s contestants because the majority of sommeliers did not have any experience of contests. “Ours are strong in decanting, the skills in “blind” beverage tasting still need to be perfected, but the rest of the impression should be created by charm and, of course, constant perfection and learning” says the sommelier and organizer of this year’s contest Raimonds Tomsons.
The third place in this year’s sommeliers’ contest was acquired by already experienced Kaspars Vēzītis, who calls himself an independent wine expert and represents the alcoholic beverage distributor “Skorpions”. The only lady in the finals, Irina Sjomočkina from the restaurant “Foody”, was honorably ranked 4th among eight sommeliers.
At the end of October the three best finalists will represent Latvia in the annual 6th Baltic Sommelier Championships “Vana Tallinn Grand Prix” which will take place in Tartu.
The championships will be organized by its long-time supporter, one of the largest alcoholic beverage producers in the Baltics JSC LIVIKO in association with the Sommelier Associations of the Baltic States.
Finals of the 6th Latvian Sommelier Contest took place this year within the trade fair “Rīga Food”. The sommeliers competed in the test of theoretical knowledge and the 4 best of them moved to the finals to show their skills in beverage recognition, decanting, serving, wine list editing and adaptation of drinks to various meals. Eight young sommeliers of Latvia participated in the contest this year.
The performance of sommeliers was assessed by a professional jury: President of the Latvian Association of Sommeliers Raimonds Tomsons, President of the Estonian Association of Sommeliers Kristel Nõmmik, President of the Lithuanian Association of Sommeliers Arunas Starkus, Latvian Association of Sommeliers Board Member Romāns Komars as well as the winners of the previous Latvian contests Gints Sniedze and Aigars Lukstiņš.
The Latvian Association of Sommeliers was founded in 2002 and currently unites 44 corporate and individual members.
Sponsors and supporters of the 2011 contest:

More information:
Latvian Association of Sommeliers
www.somellier.lv
Raimonds Tomsons
Tel.: +371 26464483

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