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Sommelier Eric Zwiebel to represent France 2006 in search for Europe`s finest sommelier

Eric Zwiebel of Summer Lodge, the Relais & Châteaux hotel in Evershot, Dorset, has…

Eric Zwiebel of Summer Lodge, the Relais & Châteaux hotel in Evershot, Dorset, has triumphed in the final pre-selection round and will represent France next year in the competition to find Europe`s finest sommelier.



Sponsored by Champagne Ruinart this, the blue riband of competitive tasting, is open only to previous winners of suitably ranked events. Eric, Ruinart`s UK Sommelier of the Year 2004, was pitted against five of his fellow-countrymen, the flower of French oenophile chivalry. David Biraud, of the Hotel de Crillon, Paris; Dominique Laporte of Amarone, Bretigny sur Orge; Pasquale Leonetti representing L`Auberge de l`Ill at Illhaeusern in Alsace, (coincidentally the region of Eric`s birth); Matthieu Longuere of La Trompette in London; and last, and very far from least, Xavier Rousset of Le Manoir aux Quat` Saisons, in Great Milton, Oxfordshire.



To be held in June 2006, representatives of at least 12 European countries will be competing for the coveted title of Best Sommelier in Europe. It is intended as no slur on any of the other nations present to suggest that, through the accident of his birth, Eric found himself in what must be the toughest qualifying group of them all. Emerging victorious from the field striving to uphold the honour of France must surely place him as one of the bookmakers` favourites for the forthcoming tournament.



This is just the latest honour to recognise Eric`s knowledge, passion, and skill. Wine Spectator, the wine magazine in the US, awarded Summer Lodge a Best of Award for Excellence in its annual listing, placing it among the top 700 wine restaurants worldwide. Eric`s wine expertise perfectly complements the culinary skills of Executive Chef Steven Titman, who came to Summer Lodge in 2003 from another Relais & Châteaux property, the renowned White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, Massachusetts.

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