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South Africa's Newest Junior Sommeliers

On the 15th of June, at The Wine Library in Cape Town, SASA hosted the first Junior Sommelier exam of 2021. The candidates first sat the theory portion of the exam, consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions about general wine and service. Next, it was time for the nerve-racking practical portion where the potential sommeliers must perform in a mock restaurant scenario.

The exam was facilitated by Spencer Fondaumiere, SASA Chairperson; Wayve Kolevsohn, SASA Board Member in charge of Education; Roxan Waldeck, SASA Senior Sommelier; and Erica Taylor, SASA Coordinator, and Junior Sommelier.

We are proud to announce the new SASA Junior Sommeliers:

~ Alessio da Conceicao- Financial Advisor at Domini Consulting

~ Bafana Zondo- Wine Sommelier and Assistant Restaurant Manager at Gate Restaurant at Quoin Rock Wine Estate

~ Daryll Pieterse- Tasting room assistant at Van Loveren Family Vineyards

~ Keegan Terry- Food and Beverage Supervisor at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

~ Stefan Reinmuth- Brand Ambassador for Oldenburg Vineyards

If you are interested in taking the SASA Junior or Senior Sommelier Exam, there is more information below, and the next exams are 11th-12th October 2021 in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban. Please email us to reserve a spot.

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