The Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Languedoc (CIVL) announces the inaugural ‘Languedoc Wines National Sommelier Challenge’ for 2019. Challenge events will take place in select U.S. cities in June (3-12), and culminate in an all expenses paid trip to the region for the winners, to further their knowledge and connection to Languedoc, in September 2019.
Winners will also get an automatic entry into the Concours Sommelier Sud de France 2019 competition organized by the Maison de la Région Languedoc-Roussillon in New York, in October. Travel assistance will be provided.
Event dates and locations include:
– June 3 – New York City, City Winery – 155 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013 (11am-3pm)
– June 6 – Chicago, Prime & Provisions – 222 N. LaSalle Street (11am – 3pm)
– June 11 – San Francisco, SF Wine School – 415 Grand Ave Suite 301, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (10am – 2pm)
– June 12 – Los Angeles, Spago – 176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (11am – 3pm)
One winner will be selected from each event.
Trip dates: week of September 9, 2019
Concours Sommelier Sud de France 2019 competition – October 2019
The CIVL has established this Challenge in recognition of the importance of education to the on-premise community, and its effect on sales and placements for the category. The Challenge will test knowledge of the region and its wines through a written exam and blind tasting portion. The events will also offer an opportunity to taste Languedoc AOC wines currently available in each market.
Who should register? Anyone with a passion for wines from the South of France and a connection to the U.S. on-premise community and/or wine education.
“Through our activities in the U.S. market, we have heard sommeliers express a need for greater education on the Languedoc region; it is underrepresented in many recognized curricula”, says Miren de Lorgeril, President of the CIVL. “Languedoc wines have so many stories to tell and are well positioned for wine lists and by the glass offerings”, she continues. “The Languedoc Wines National Sommelier Challenge will cultivate ambassadors for the region and reward continued service excellence.”
Languedoc is the largest wine region in France offering an incredible diversity of wines and wine styles. The region is a leader in organic viticulture in France, accounting for over 30% of total production, as well as production of rosé wines. In fact, Languedoc surpasses Provence in volume of rosé wines produced. At the top end of the spectrum, the Crus du Languedoc wines represent the highest quality the region has to offer. Languedoc AOC wines have consistently shown exceptional growth in the U.S. market, further reinforcing the need for today’s sommeliers and buyers to have a strong understanding of this important category.