October 29, 2018

The International Gaggenau Sommelier Awards 2018 Beijing

By fashitect In Beijing, Hotels, Travel


For those following my Social journey on Instagram @fashitect, you would have noticed my cultural trip to Beijing, showcasing luxurious design and lifestyle experiences during The International Gaggenau Sommelier Awards 2018.  Who would have known the history, the process and journey it takes to make the Wines. China has become one of the fastest and up and coming regions to produce their own wines. For me personally, Architecture has taught me to be a perfectionist and similarly to Gaggenau, they stand for perfection, high precision, but with a difference. We go to restaurants and enjoy recommendations for food and beverage pairings, hence the Sommelier’s expertise of aromas, tasting notes and palette can educate us in having the best experience. This trip was very educational in opening my knowledge and appreciating the wine culture even further.


Gaggenau is a manufacturer of high-quality home appliances and acknowledged as an innovation leader in design and technology “Made in Germany”. The company, with a history dating back to 1683, has revolutionised the domestic kitchen with its internationally acclaimed products. Gaggenau’s success is founded on technological innovation and a clear design language combined with high functionality. Gaggenau is currently represented in more than 50 countries with 22 flagship showrooms in major cities around the world.



Gaggenau hosted its Sommelier Awards final in Beijing to celebrate the city’s more than 3000 years of cultural heritage and China’s rapid progression as an established wine producing country. Business in the region has grown exponentially in recent years. Since 2008 the brand has opened four flagship showrooms in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shanghai. Existing homes like the Guoshi Mansion, where you can see the Gaggenau Appliances, showcases the brand as more than a daily essential, but a cultural lifestyle.


Sven Schnee, Head of Global Brand Gaggenau, commented: “We began the journey of the Gaggenau Sommelier Awards with a view to celebrating the art of viniculture and to provide a platform for rising stars to truly showcase their talent. Every year that we have hosted these awards Gaggenau has absorbed and shared so much knowledge and understanding of culinary culture, not only that of wine but also the sensorial journey one takes throughout the experience available to those who know its value. As this knowledge has evolved over time, so too have we, as a contributor to the future landscape of viniculture.

The panel consisted of the President of the Austrian Sommelier Association, Annemarie Foidl;
Master of Wine, Sarah Abbott. China’s first and only Master Sommelier and Corporate Director
of Wine for Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Yang Lu, and Head of Global Brand Gaggenau, Sven
Schnee. All of them agreed that this year’s competition included the highest calibre of young
sommeliers in the event’s history. The judging panel monitored and appraised the sommeliers
throughout a series of demanding tasks, including a wine tasting, service and food pairing
exercise, identifying mistakes in a wine list test, and placing wines at their correct temperature
into the newly launched Gaggenau Vario wine climate cabinet 400 series.


The Gala dinner was held at the Red Brick Art Museum – the No.1 space for International Art situated in a district northeast of Beijing. The Architectural venue showcased the partnering of international talents and historical traditions for the final of the International Gaggenau Sommelier Awards Ceremony 2018. The high quality establishment brings creative Artists and photographers together from around the world to show their personal cultural perspectives through Imagery.

Mikael Grou From France was crowned winner of the Gaggenau Sommelier Awards. The winner will receive a special sommelier training and master class at one of Europe’s top wine establishments and the title of Global Brand Ambassador for Gaggenau. The runners-up of the Gaggenau Sommelier Awards 2018 took home trophies created by leading Chinese designer, Jamy Yang. To get this far in this competition, from winning their home country regional competitions and to experience the journey with the Gaggenau Team, the other finalists have done tremendously well.

In the evening, a celebratory gala dinner at the Red Brick Art Museum, hosted by the acclaimed Michelin-starred Taiwanese chef André Chiang, was attended by more than 150 industry influencers from across the world. Chiang represented extraordinary culinary experiences through his menu by sharing the ”life journey” of grapes- harvesting, fermentation, filtration and ageing.
So let’s toast, with the finest Chinese wines, and explore the utmost unique crafts and creativities of Gaggenau and fine culinary culture.

The Gala Dinner Menu:

Braised Abalone/ Green Chile Pesto /Crispy Mushroom floss – Grace Vineyard, Angelina Brut Reserve Sparking Wine, Taigu, Shanxi 2009

Asparagus/ Cavier broken Egg/ Seedlip Garden 108 – Kanaan Winery, Riesling, Helan Mountain, Nigxia 2017

Crab Cappelini/ Laksa broth/ Curry dust sea urchin – Maison Pagoda, Cask Strength Rice Wine, Shaoxin, Zhejiang 2008

Foie gras jelly/ Black truffle Coulis /Chives – Domaine Franco Chinois, Late Harvest Petit Manning, Huailai, Hebei 2014

Char-grilled wagyu/ Barley granola/ Black garlic tapenade – Tiansai Vineyards, Skyline of Gobi, Selection Shiraz/ Viognier, Yanqqi, Zinjiang 2015

Sichuan jelly/Mixed Wild berries/ Icewine – ”Mysterious Bridge”, The Bridge Icewine by Chateau Tassi, Sichuan 2017



Discover more on https://www.gaggenau.com/us/experience/news-and-events/sommelier-awards

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