Recently we had an opportunity to cover Sommelier of the Year, a regional heat event in Manchester. It was the first occasion of its kind that I personally had a chance to work on as a photographer.
The purpose of this event was to find a knowledgeable wine professional who specialized in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing. Our client was the caterer from London who requested that we provide photographic coverage in a location already familiar to me, the Malmaison Hotel in Manchester.
The main sponsor of the event was Moet & Chandon Champagne. From a shortlist of ten participants, three Sommeliers of the Wine stewards had reached the final round. I personally enjoyed the final test, the infamous perfect Champagne pour, in which Moet & Chandon Champagne is poured equally into eight glasses, without returning to any of them.

It was an interesting event to be able to look at through the lens of the camera. Besides the photography aspect, I’ve also learned one or two things about wine etiquette.