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Gift hamper fans 'might like to enter a wine competition'
Published on 26/03/2010

Individuals who enjoy a wine gift hamper and like to consider themselves quite an expert on the subject might want to enter a competition to show off their knowledge.

The Amateur Sommelier of the Year competition - sponsored by Champagne Piper-Heidsieck and the Academy of Food and Wine (AFW) - is open to everybody, the Independent reports.

Entrants stand the chance of winning a trophy and a dinner for two at a Michelin-starred restaurant in London, while the two participants who place runner-up will be presented with a magnum of the sponsors' own-brand beverage.

The competition is in two parts - the first will include an online set of questions and then the selection of three successful individuals from a hat.

Candidates drawn out will then be required to pick a range of wines and explain their choices.

Prospective players must ensure they join in before March 31st.

The AFW's professional awards ceremony for UK Sommelier of the Year takes place on April 28th, with the winner being announced after an annual dinner gala.

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