Andrew O'Gorman reports
The Irish Guild of Sommeliers has been celebrating the return home of Julie Dupouy Young following her remarkable achievement in being in the top three at the Best Sommelier of the World Competition in Argentina.
Julie is pictured at the event with Oliver Murtagh, president, Guild of Sommeliers, Paul Young (secretary) and Andrew O'Gorman.
The Association Sommelier International (ASI) competition for the Best sommelier of the World took place in Mendoza, Argentina during April, 2016. The Grand Final was held on April 19 on the stage of the legendary Theatre Independence Mendoza City before more than six hundred people including representatives of delegations from around the world, It was shown live on a giant screen at the Park Hyatt Mendoza, and could be seen from anywhere in the world, in real time, online.
The winner of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers Best Sommelier in Ireland 2015 competition Julie Dupouy Young, Greenhouse Restaurant, Dawson Street, Dublin and Portfolio Brand Ambassador for Champagne Brands with Edward Dillion and Co. Ltd., represented Ireland.
The competition was won by Jon Arvid Rosengren of Sweden. while David Biraud of France was placed second among 61 candidates who competed in the semi-finals which comprised of a written paper covering all aspects of beverages – ranging from the wines of the world to spirits, liqueurs, beers, non-alcoholic drinks including teas and coffees. This was followed by a blind tasting of two wines. After the semi-finals 15 went through to the quarter finals. At this stage candidates had to answer a written paper and a number of practical tests. Over three hours of competition the finalists were tested in blind tasting of spirits and liqueurs, the correction of a wine list and the service of wine to guests in a restaurant, making and serving a Dry Martini cocktail, the service of champagne along with other practical tests.
Julie was the highest placed Irish contestant since Ireland last won bronze at the competitions in Rio de Janerio in 1992.
The Irish Guild of Sommeliers delegation was led by Guild President Oliver J. Murtagh and Andrew O’ Gorman, Guild Secretary, Paul Young,.
Julie Dupouy Young from Agen, in the Lot et Garonne department in the South West of France has been living in Ireland for a number of years. The region she is from in France is well known for both its beauty and production of fresh fruits, vegetables and foie gras. She was fortunate enough to grow up with exposure to a very rich food/nature appreciation through her family, especially her grandparents. She remembers from a young age being intrigued and curious about the beauty and aromas in nature. She stated that this is probably where the roots of her appreciation of wine were laid.
On her 16th birthday her grandfather opened a bottle of wine from the year of her birth, a bottle of Margaux, Chateau Marquis de Terme 1983. She began her studies in catering the following year at Lycee Jacques de Romas in the town of Nerac. She also studied for and passed her Leaving Certificate equivalent in Literature and languages. She chose to specialise in Sommellerie and graduated in 2003.
Julie started working after graduating and moved to Ireland the following January, 2004