Sommeliers in Asia

Media Release

25 September 2017

New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship recipients announced

Seven sommeliers from across Asia have been selected to participate in the 2018 New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship. The successful candidates from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore will travel to New Zealand in February 2018, joining an international cohort from Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, UK and USA.

Limited to just 20 attendees at each, the two Sommits™ held in Nelson and Central Otago will be attended exclusively by sommeliers and targeted exclusively to their interests. Hosted by Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas and Master of Wine Stephen Wong, the events are a celebration of the lesser known aspects of New Zealand wine, with particular emphasis on the facets that resonate with the sommelier community.

According to New Zealand Winegrowers’ Asia Market Manager, Natalie Potts, “This will be a truly special experience for our seven sommeliers, as they not only get to taste their way around New Zealand’s beautiful wine regions, but also share valuable experiences with international peers. Past attendees have become ambassadors for New Zealand wine, sharing personal wine discoveries and insights from their trips with restaurant guests and the wider sommelier community - something we simply can’t replicate in a classroom.”

The seven successful sommeliers for the 2018 New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship are:

Alvin GOH - Wine RVLT & American Club, Singapore
Britt NG - Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
YEO Xi-Yang - The Black Swan, Singapore
Derek LI - Duddell’s, Hong Kong
HAN Yew-Kong - Galaxy Hotel, Macau
James TENG - Hakkasan, Shanghai, China
Steve LI - Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, China

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For further information contact:

Natalie Potts
Market Manager - Asia
New Zealand Winegrowers
+86 147 1440 7576

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