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Name: Venkatrathinam Shunmugasundaram Nationality: Indian At the moment: Vietnam Head Sommelier   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? I really come to know about wine and existing of huge wine world when i was a trainee in “The…

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Name: Hugh Preece Nationality: North American At the moment: USA-NJ-CA Wine Director / Operating Partner at Salt Creek Grille   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? My first encounter with wine happened as a young teen growing up…

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Name: Richard King Nationality: Chinese/Kiwi At the moment: French Polynesia Head Sommelier  –  2016 New Zealand Young Sommelier of the Year   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? First of all, I was very lucky that my family always…

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Name: Harald Wiesmann Nationality: German At the moment: Indonesia Chef Sommelier  link: Harald Wiesmann   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? I was born in a town in the wine area of Franconia, so as a little boy already I stole grapes from vineyards.…

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Name: Gayan Indika Manawadu Nationality: Sri Lankan At the moment: Maldives Sommelier    Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? My first encounter with the Wine was in 2004, when I started working with Taj Samudra Hotel. At that…

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Name: Ovidiu Olteanu Nationality: Romania At the moment: United Kingdom Head Sommelier  His performance : 2012-Demi-Finalist National Contest Sommelier Trophy 2013-Big Trophy National Contest Maitre D’Hotel 2016-Quarter-Final -World Best Sommelier Argentina   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time?…

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Name: Michael Dolinski Nationality: US-American At the moment: USA-NY Independent Wine Consultant & Wine Director    Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? My parents were wine collectors as I grew up, so I had some familiarity with the industry…

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Name: Rasmus Lunkov Marquart Nationality: Danish At the moment: Denmark Currently:  Head Sommelier / Manager & Wine Consultant @ Vinothek Marquart   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? I have been very lucky and privileged to have a family…

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Name: Corrado Romano Nationality: Italian At the moment: Italy Sommelier   Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? Living around Turin was probably the most important factor,I was always attracted by my family’s members attitude to open a good…

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Name: Bhatia Dheeraj Nationality: Indian At the moment: Australia Head Sommelier    Prerequisite: Please, tell us a little bit about your first encounter with wine & the wine industry? Any particular mentors at that time? I have had the privilege and grow to work with some of the best establishments. Joel Robuchon three stars in…

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