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Reeza Nahaboo won the Quattromani – Swiss Wine trophy of the Best Sommelier of Switzerland 2016


On last Sunday October 30th Geneva hosted the 20th contest of the Best Sommelier of Switzerland. Thirty years after the very first Ruinart trophy (1986), the Beau Rivage Hotel welcomed the 2016 edition again.

Le vainqueur recevant le trophée

In front of a large audience, and of a professional jury, the three finalists (Hotel Baur au Lac, Zurich), Reza Nahaboo (Hotel Royal Savoy, Lausanne) and Fabien Mène (Hotel Mandarin Oriental, Geneva) took the final tests: service of a Champagne according the rules; food and wine pairing exercise over a compulsory menu, the jury favouring original proposals of Swiss wines without mentioning twice the same canton; decanting, then correction of a wine list in a foreign language. For the second part of the competition, tasting and oral comment of three wines, identification of 5 brandies and spirits and at last general culture questions.

Prime organizer ‘Association Suisse des Sommeliers Professionnels’ (ASSP) can be proud of the success of this contest among the spectators stemming from the gastronomy and hotel industry.

The title of Best Sommelier of Switzerland 2016 has been awarded to Reza Nahaboo from the Royal Savoy hotel in Lausanne. The vice-Best Sommelier of Switzerland is Aurélien Blanc. The third place comes to Fabien Mène.

The winner received the cup of the QUATTROMANI – Swiss Wine trophy that rewards his knowledge of Swiss wines. All three finalists received their honorary diploma as well as a Bragard sommelier apron.