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New Zealand Sommelier of Year 2021 announced

Andrea Martinisi has been named New Zealand Sommelier of the Year 2021 at a competition held at the New Zealand School of Food and Wine in Auckland.

Originally from Italy, Andrea is General Manager and Head Sommelier at The Grove Restaurant, Auckland.

Martinisi competed against two other candidates in the final – Angela Allan, Sommelier and Manager of Culprit Restaurant and Suraj GC, Sommelier at Onemata, Park Hyatt Hotel.

They were assessed on theory, blind-tasting both wine and spirits, decanting, food pairing and precision pouring.

Allan was named runner-up and The Northern Club’s Karan Patyal took out the NZ Young Sommelier of the Year title.

For more information on the competition, click here.

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