Germany's Sommelier Cup 2016 goes to Timo Weisheidinger
About 40 wine professionals and new talents from the gastronomy and trade sector made up this year's brilliant group of contestants which together accounted for a total of 15 stars and more than 200 Gault Millau points. As a result, the two-day competition on 6 and 7 November in the hotel Atrium in Mainz, Germany, was highly exciting and demanding for all contestants.
At the beginning of the competition, the participants had to prove in-depth knowledge of the typical characteristics of domestic grape varieties. They were asked to specify structural data on viticulture and the wine market and had to demonstrate their knowledge of wine-making and the wine law.
Other tasks focused the attention on food and wine pairing. In addition, participants had to characterize Germany's renowned winegrowing regions. And, of course, wine tastings were held that required the contestants to identify wines coming from all German winegrowing regions as to terroir, vintage and grape variety. The highlight was the tasting of some exclusive rarities including, for example, 30-year-old white wines.
In the grand final, the three finalists blind-tasted and described two wines very impressingly, they made food recommendations for three given wines and had to answer numerous specific questions within the short timeframe of ninety seconds.
A renowned judging panel which included representatives of the German 'Sommelier-Union Deutschland', 'Deutsche Wein- und Sommelierschule', 'Hotelfachschule Heidelberg', gastronomy, producers and specialist journalists then determined the winners.
The proud winners received prize money of 3 250 Euro in total. In addition, Timo Weisheidinger, who is the first place winner of the competition, is entitled to participate in the "Sommelier Summer Class 2017" which is the annual international sommeliers' meeting in Geisenheim, Germany.
These are the winners of this year's DWI-Sommelier-Cup at a glance:
• place 1: Timo Weisheidinger, sommelier at "Lukas Restaurant", Schärding, Austria
• place 2: Maximilian Wilm, restaurant manager und chef sommelier at the gourmet restaurant "Seven Seas" in Hotel Süllberg, Hamburg, Germany
• place 3: Patrick Wilhelm, sommelier at the wine house "Coq au Vin" of Engelhorn gastronomy in Mannheim, Germany