On to the Habanosommelier Grand Finale


24/02/2010

Finalists will go through a practical habano cutting-and-lighting test, a descriptive tasting and a matching with an array of beverages.

Representatives from Spain, Chile and the UAE walked off with top honors at the preliminary round of the ninth edition of the International Habanosommelier Contest and will now lock horns Friday in the grand finale scheduled at 10:00 am in Hall 3 of the Intl. Conference Center in Havana.

Spain’s Jose Joaquin Cortes, Chile’s Philip Ili and Nerissa Orinday from the UAE, flaunted their skills among the eight contesters representing Cuba, Germany, UK, Bulgaria and Belgium. According to the members of the international jury, it was a pretty hard-fought competition from the word go.

Given the ever-growing number of aficionados demanding a sommelier’s professional advisory when it comes to handpicking a habano, this contest is widely acclaimed these days. All participants were put through their paces in the preliminary round with a theoretical exam to show their knowledge on the different brands and vitolas, as well as their skills during the practical test.

This is no doubt one of the contests linked to the world of habanos and beverages that each year builds on the training and willingness of sommeliers from the nations that have embraced this competition for the sake of the quality of gastronomic service delivered to both national and international tourists.

Finalists will go through a practical habano cutting-and-lighting test, a descriptive tasting and a matching with an array of beverages.