London, UK – 12 June 2023 – The UK Bartenders’ Guild (UKBG) and UK Sommeliers’ Association (UKSA) have joined forces to present an extraordinary, free trade event that brings together the wine and spirits industry under one roof. It’s a place where people who buy, source, serve and write about wine and spirits can immerse themselves in new ideas, flavours and experiences together.
Where once, the UKSA held this event privately for their students’ annual graduation ceremony and sommelier competition. This year, they have invited the UKBG to participate. The UKBG grabbed the opportunity with both hands and has added a roster of masterclasses, a signature cocktail bar, spirit-led tastings and a flair demonstration bar for the delight and knowledge exchange of participants.
Both parties are inviting their trade contacts for the highly anticipated event, set to take place on Monday, 12th of June, at the prestigious Merchant Taylors Hall in London. From 11 am until 8.30 pm, industry professionals and enthusiasts alike can immerse themselves in a day full of unique experiences.
Masterclasses led by renowned speakers, including Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell and World Flair Champion Sikky Chmel, promise to captivate and educate attendees. Brands like Equiano Rum, Bosque Gin, Heavensake, and many more* will offer tastings and signature cocktails, ensuring a diverse range of flavours and sensations.
The event’s schedule boasts an impressive lineup featuring;
- a day-long walk-around tasting hosted by esteemed brands from the wine and spirits trades, including guests of the UKBG – 5-Hats, Fabbri 1905, Limoncello Di Capri, Kofee, Tassoni, Giusti, Equiano Rum, Bosque Gin and Heavensake;
- insights shared by experts from Bar Magazine and The Drinks Trust, who will be on hand to offer their invaluable services and skills;
- an operational cocktail bar that will serve signature cocktails prepared by the participating UKBG brands;
- a captivating flair demonstration from the World Flair Association Ambassador Sikky Chmel;
- and three masterclasses from premium spirit brands, including Ian Burrell discussing Equiano Rum, Gerardo Bres who works with Bosque Gin, and WSET educator Natsuki Kikuya talking to us about Heavensake
Before the award ceremony honouring the recent graduates of the Certified Sommelier Courses and Best UK Sommelier – Villa Sandi Award competition.
“This collaboration between the UKBG and UKSA sets the stage for unparalleled opportunities and diversity within the industry,” says UKBG President Claudia Carrozzi. “We are thrilled to have industry experts, such as Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell and World Flair Champion Sikky Chmel, share their knowledge and passion with such a diverse range of interested attendees.”
This event serves as a unique networking opportunity for trade professionals, providing a platform for learning, sharing experiences, and fostering connections within the wine and spirits community. It is the most important annual social gathering for the industry, allowing attendees to come together and elevate their craft collectively.
To secure your spot at this remarkable event, book your FREE ticket now through Eventbrite using this link** or by searching for “Best UK Sommelier Villa Sandi Award and Walkaround Tasting.” The event will take place from 11 am – 8.30 pm at the esteemed Merchant Taylors’ Hall, located at 30 Threadneedle St, London EC2R 8JB.
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The United Kingdom Bartenders’ Guild (UKBG), established in 1934, the UKBG has continually strived to establish standards for the UK bar industry through training, education, cocktail competitions and recipe preservation. A founding member of the International Bartenders’ Association, the UKBG has shown progressive consistency in supporting the 3.2 million hospitality workers in the UK using international links and community representatives. Committed to promoting excellence, education, and networking opportunities, the UKBG provides its members with valuable resources and opportunities for growth.
The United Kingdom Sommeliers Association (UKSA) is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and skills of sommeliers across the United Kingdom. Through training programs, industry events, and collaborations, UKSA aims to elevate the standards of wine service and appreciation.