For the past years, the Ruinart Maison has partnered up with the Guild of Sommeliers, to create a unique blind tasting competition called the Ruinart Challenge.
Discover more about this unique event below
The Ruinart Challenge is back! It’s time to start sharpening your skills for this 8th edition.
If you are selected, you will participate to a 40 minute, written, blind tasting of 4 wines that can be from any region in the world – still or sparkling. You will compete on basic blind tasting questions, but also pairing suggestions, serving temperature and ageability. Each year, a different theme is chosen that pushes the limits to what is considered a "typical blind tasting".
The tasting is followed by a technical lecture conducted by Ruinart’s Chef de Caves, Frederic Panaïotis, and a lunch around Ruinart champagnes
The winning sommeliers from across the country and the world will be invited in Champagne for an amazing and educational 4 days trip. The 2 best runners-up each receive a magnum of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs.
Winners will participate to various activities such as a a private tour of Ruinart's historic Crayères, unique tasting sessions, exploring regional delicacies, CIVC experimental vineyard tour and many more surprises
The Maison invited some participants to share their experience:
“Truly a once in a lifetime experience” Roland Micu, Master Sommelier, San Francisco
“The history, the magnitude and the beauty of the chalk crayères…Is amazing ” Chantelle Pabros, Vinera, Chicago
“When you get the smell of chalk on your hands and you get old vintages of Dom Ruinart that have a such vibrant heartbeat, its so inspiring!” Julie Dalton, Wit and Wisdom, Baltimore
“I think what’s really unique to Champagne, is its grandeur, just the sheer size of it, its really impressive. It’s a dream to be here.” Grant Reynolds, Frasca, Boulde
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