We are thrilled to be able to divulge the news that our super talented, Head Sommelier, Tanguy Martin, the once assistant of Laura Rhys, another of our lovely, talented and award winning sommeliers, (and who is now at La Trompette in London), has won the title of Chaine des Rotisseurs, UK, Young Sommelier of the Year. Last year Tanguy was in 4th position and this year, through sheer hard work, determination and much training, he was able to move rapidly into pole position, take the lead and ultimately win the title. Well done Tanguy – we are very proud of you and thrilled that all of your hard work and efforts have paid off. Tanguy will now be studying hard to do well in the International part of the competition which will be held in Denmark in September and we and all the team wish him very well. Thank you Ana, Maud and all the team for helping Tanguy to achieve this win- your support, training and endless tasting sessions for him have all helped him to win this round!
Very well done to the other finalists of the UK competition, who included sommeliers from The Vineyard, Medlar Restaurant and The Fat Duck- Bravo tous!
In addition to congratulating Tanguy, I would also like to mention my lovely husband Gerard who has proved once again that he has a great talent for mentoring, training, encouraging and inspiring still more proteges to continue to do well and to shine as they pursue their sommelier careers – he has helped to create a generation of aspiring, talented and ambitious sommeliers. He never ceases to amaze and impress me with the very fact that he is so generous in sharing his expertise, his experiences and his passion – many congratulations Gerard on being such a respected and well loved “Sommeliers Sommelier!” I’m very proud of you.
Congratulations also to Laura Rhys on her new position as Head Sommelier at La Trompette. Laura was with us for 6 years here at TerraVina and we, the team and the guests all loved her and were sad to see her spread her wings and leave, but she went with our blessing and we are very proud of her and her achievements and wish her much success in her new position- we have no doubt she will be a great success.
Well done too to our lovely deputy manager, Lydia. She recently sat her 1st set of Diploma wine exams and whilst we all anxiously await the results, we are sure she has done very well and she is to be admired for managing to study hard outside of her day to day responsibilities, but for a subject she is passionate about- she does a brilliant job for us as Chris’s deputy and has bought much to TerraVina in her 18 months with us.
All in all, weeks such as this past one, where so many of the team have proved how talented, hard working and enthusiastic they are, make us realise yet again how very fortunate we are to have such a fantastic team of people working with us- they make TerraVina the place it is- we think it’s special and that’s because we have extra special people working here- thank you all and well done to all of you, who all shine at different moments and collectively make us very proud!
Happy Mothers’ Day and till next week