Saxon sommelier makes South Africa proud

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This is the third time South Africa has been in the prestigious international event the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Jeunes Sommeliers Competition, and this year we yielded the best results yet. 27 year old Jeff Lopes (of Saxon Boutique Hotel) represented South Africa in the competition, held in Cape Town, on the 21st September and came through with an outstanding 4th place.
The competition was only recently started in 2007, however it still attracts a lot of attention from international restaurateurs and wine lovers. The test itself was a full range of knowledge: menu correction to ensure wines and producers from across the globe are accurately matched; a formal examination and then a service exercise testing champagne service; decantation of vintage wines; spirit identification; food and wine pairing. The competition culminated in a blind-tasting and description of the wines being tasted, which this year were from... read on

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Saxon Sommelier - Jeff Lopes.