January 14th, 2010 by Boisdale
The Winner of UK Cigar Sommelier of the Year will be entering the World Championship in Havana in 2010
Victor Ferreira of Boisdale of Belgravia was crowned the UK Habano Sommelier Champion for 2009. The final was held at Hunters & Frankau’s London head offices on Tuesday December 9th and the decision was unanimous.
In Victor’s favour was his strong written exam, detailed in-depth knowledge of Cuban cigars and exemplary cigar service . The prize is an all expenses paid trip to Cuba for the annual Cigar Festival and the considerable privilege of representing Great Britain in the Cigar Sommelier World Championship.
Ranald Macdonald, owner of the cigar-friendly Boisdale of Belgravia and Boisdale of Bishopsgate, said, “I am absolutely delighted that Victor has won this award. Our staff are renowned for their whisky, wine and cigar expertise and it’s a real credit that two out of the four finalists were from Boisdale. I wish Victor the best of luck at the international competition in Havana. His in-depth knowledge, skill and determination will, I am sure, carry him through the competition”.
The four finalists had to prove their specialist knowledge of Habanos cigars, selecting the most appropriate cigar for an occasion, the best corresponding spirits as well as demonstrating cutting and lighting skills. In a staged scenario, Ferreira considered the merits of various Habanos cigars, including Romeo y Julieta and Bolivar, before making a choice recommendation to a fictitious couple celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. He then selected their drinks to correspond with cigars.
A delighted Victor said of his upcoming challenge in Havana, “I am very competitive and when I go out there I will be going out to win. Now I need to do even more studying!”.