Croatian sommelier club organizes jubilee 25th Croatian Sommelier Championship which, under the auspices of HTZ and with the support of TZ Kvarner and the City of Opatija, to be held on December 12 and 13 in the Ambasador hotel in Opatija.
The championship starts on Monday, December 12 at 14 pm with the quarter-final competition, which consists of a written and practical part.
The candidate is obliged to: evaluate and describe the wine with an attempt to locate the origin, name of the producer, year of harvest and aging potential. In addition, with each wine, the candidate suggests the most suitable dish. After the description of the wine, the candidates are expected to identify four Croatian wines and correct the "incorrect" wine list. The ten competitors with the most points in the quarter-finals enter the semi-finals.
The final part of the competition will be held on December 13 in the Ambasador hotel starting at 14 pm and is open to spectators. In the final competition, the three best candidates will demonstrate their skills in describing domestic and foreign wines "blindly", recognizing different world distillates, serving and decanting red wine, correcting the wine list, knowing the world of wine, dealing with guests and one surprise discipline. As in previous years, the final competition is held in English.
28 candidates applied for this year's championship, who come from all Croatian regions and are employed in renowned hotels, famous Croatian restaurants, taverns and wine bars.
The winner of this year's Championship will represent Croatia at the World Sommelier Championship, ASI Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World, which will be held in Paris from February 7 to 12, 2023.
We remind you, last year's 24th title of the best sommelier in Croatia won by Ivan Jug, co-owner and head sommelier of Zagreb restaurant Noel.