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Female Sommelier

So, it is very old fashion to talk about woman discrimination, than we will discuss about female Sommeliers and what world knows about it.

Who is the first female Sommelier?

Sarah Morphew Stephen and she is Master of Wine ( from 1970. The exam itself exists from 1953.

The first female Master Sommelier ( is Madeline Triffon from 1985 and is the first of the first ten American MS. Exam itself exists from 1977.
Who is the top famous wine critic and writer, now a day?

Female- Jancis Robinson ( ) Master of Wine, OBE, ComMA is a British wine journalist and wine writer.
She is known from her books – “Wine Grapes”, “Wine Course”, “The 24 hour wine Expert”, “Confessions of wine lover”, “Wine tasting book” and many others.
The most interesting wine TV shows- “SOMM3” , “Understanding wine” and “ Jancis Robinson’s wine course.”

Who is the top American female writer?

Andrea Robinson has born 1964. Top book and her idea about simle things- “ Wine simple”, “Great Tastes made simple” , “Every day is dinning with wine” and “Wine buying guide for everyone”.
The innovated idea from female Sommelier is “ Wine-Room”.
Jilly Goolden has born 1949 ( ). Her best books are “The big Food and Drink Book” 1993 and “Talking Wine with Jilly Goolden 1994.

As a female Sommelier fighting with men in the wine industry to get the best of wine knowledge I need. I would like to say thank you to Cyprus Sommelier Association, Kyperounda winery and Photiades group ( ) for 5th Young Sommelier Competition in Cyprus.
Cyprus is small country but with huge potential in wine industry.

Who is the first female Sommelier in Cyprus?

Alissa GortsinskajaAlissa Gortsinskaja is the first female Winner of the 6th Best Sommelier Competition 2012 in Cyprus. Now a day she is part of Cyprus Sommelier Association and Head Sommelier at Amathus Beach Hotel Limassol
( ). Thank you ,Alissa for all your training and lessons trough the years.

Elena-Diana GheorghinetBest female Sommelier of Cyprus for 2014 after Kyperounda Best Young Sommelier of Cyprus is Elena-Diana Gheorghinet. She is Certified Sommelier and she has WSET3. At the moment is a Sommelier at Gleneagles. Be proud Elena, you are unique Sommelier and friend. Thank you that I know you.

Alexandra ElentheriadouBest female Sommelier of Cyprus for 2017 and third at Kyperounda Best Young Sommelier of Cyprus is Alexandra Elentheriadou. She is sommelier at Vlassides winery ( ) My friend Alexandra be always so educated and believe in yourself.

Jessica-Stella ThomaBest female Sommelier of Cyprus for 2019 and second at Kyperounda Best Young Sommelier of Cyprus 2019 is Jessica-Stella Thoma sommelier at Parklane a Luxury Collection Resort and SPA – Limassol ( ) The best young and ambitious beautiful lady with perfect wine knowledge . I wish for Jassica to be always successful and ambitious.

Stalo ArambantziStalo Arambantzi is the best female next to us all the time organizing all meetings, studies, wine workshops, The best and Young Sommelier Completions of Cyprus, giving us advice and hope for exams and competitions. She is Assistant of Cyprus Sommelier Association and Supervisor at the seasons oriental restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel –Limassol ( ). I want to thank you Stalo that you stop competed in competition to give us organized meeting and be next to us in the most difficult times- woman next to us and proud of us and some times more than a mother or a friend.

Cyprus is a country with strong women and super star Sommeliers.
Regards Gergana Nikolova


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