The Champagne Boutique

David Biraud will represent France

In Sommeliers on April 28, 2010 at 11:17 am

At the end of a full on day where five finalists have been battling for the chance to represent the “Nation of Wine” ,for the competition of Best Sommelier of Europe to be held in Strasbourg in November 2010, it is the Crillon’s Sommelier David Biraud who has won the right to defend his country.

In the final were Eric Zwiebel MS of Summer Lodge Hotel in Dorset, Nicolas Clerc of The Pont de la Tour in London, Antoine Petrus and Fabrice Sommier. After different fields such as blind tasting, wine list correction and service situation, judges decided to give David the chance.

David has most recently been a finalist at the Best Sommelier of the World competition in Chile alongside Paolo Basso of Switzerland and the winner Gerard Basset MS MW representing Great Britain.

Eric Zwiebel MS, who has been representing France for the past Europe’s and World competition recognises David’s quality and skills who is to his eyes a “Grand Sommelier”.

“Being second is frustrating but to be fair, after David’s performance at the World I believe he is a good candidate for France!” says Zwiebel.

Concerning Eric he will take time off the books for a while and concentrate in the development of his consultancy venture but we will talk more about this in the near future.

For the time being, we will have to wait who will be Britain’s candidate!

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