Gabrielle Plastre of the ITHQ wins trip to German vineyards!

Montréal, Québec – April 10, 2018 – Wines of Germany (Deutsches Weininstitut) and the ITHQ (Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie du Québec) collaborated this year to further the German wine knowledge of its student sommeliers, holding for the fourth time the ITHQ German Wine Competition.

The competition took place over a course of two days. The first day, ITHQ sommelier students were invited to attend a unique German wine seminar and tasting organized by Professor Kathleen McNeil of the ITHQ and presented by renowned author and wine critic Nadia Fournier and German Wine Princess Charlotte Freiberger.

On day two, students wrote a detailed exam and the top four were selected as finalists. The finalists passed through three particularly difficult challenges, including a blind tasting of 5 Rieslings (identifying those that were not from Germany) an analytical tasting of a German wine and presentation on one of the German wine-growing regions.

The final was held in front of an audience of students, guests and before a jury comprised of Nadia Fournier, wine critic and author of Chacun Son Vin; Deputy Consul General Mr. Cornel Barth; Patrick Désy, wine journalist for Journal de Montreal and Journal de Québec; Jean-Benoit Hinse, Head Sommelier at l‘Auberge Saint Gabriel, Vice President of the Board of Director of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers and German Wine Princess Charlotte Freiberger.

The three finalists Luana Aubert, Minh Doan and Sophie Lamontagne earned German wine prizes for their excellent performance, while the overall winner, Gabrielle Plastre, having demonstrated an outstanding passion and knowledge for German wines, won the Grand Prize: a place at the Sommelier Summer Class 2018 in Germany in July. A meeting place for over 30 young sommeliers from around the world, her trip will include tastings, dinners and tours of the cellars with the best winemakers.

Congratulations to Gabrielle, the finalists and to all the participants.


For more information, please contact:

Pam Panesar, Wines of Germany Office

Tel: 416-637-2044 / 877-637-2044


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