This year at the Hotel le Meridien, the UK Sommelier Association held the fifth edition of The Best UK Sommelier - Villa Sandi Award and Fine Wines Walkaround Tasting. The competition was hosted on stage by the TV presenter Joe Fattorini, with the support of the UKSA President Andrea Rinaldi, and the Vice President Federica Zanghirella.

The event culminated in the announcement of the UK’s Best Sommelier Matteo Furlan, Sommelier at The Ritz. First runner up Salvatore Castano, Sommelier at Mash and second runner up Noemie Favrat, Sommelier at The Dorchester.

The Best UK Sommelier 2019, Villa Sandi Award pays homage to the style, elegance and skills of this passion fuelled profession, and has been designed to celebrate the wine professionals within the hospitality industry and their crucial role in the business.