A Lancashire restaurant’s top wine expert has become one of only a handful of people to qualify as a Master Sommelier.
Adam Pawlowski from Northcote in Langho is one of just 220 people in the world to have passed the qualification in the last 40 years.
Broken down into three components – theory, practical and tasting – candidates have only three years to pass before they must start again if they do not succeed. Adam – now the first master sommelier from Poland – passed his theory last year and both his practical and tasting last week.
Adam says: “It’s been a journey but I really enjoyed the process – this year I was the only successful candidate out of the 24 who sat the exam. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve it without the help of my friends and the support that I have been kindly given by Craig, Nigel and the team at Northcote.”
Craig Bancroft, director of wines at Northcote, says: “Nigel [Haworth] and I are over the moon for Adam: he’s totally driven and dedicated and his hard work has paid off. We’re also proud of the wine team for providing a good platform for Adam with regular tastings that helped to develop his palette. Becoming a Master Sommelier is even harder to achieve now than it was when it was first introduced, as the wine world has expanded beyond old world, with a huge knowledge base required.”