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Champagne Taittinger is ‘fiercely independent’ – one of the few Champagne Houses to be owned and actively managed by the name on the label. The House’s origins date back to the 1700s but the Taittinger link was established in 1932. Today, the House is run by the founder’s great grandchildren, Vitalie and Clovis. The House’s hallmark is the high percentage of Chardonnay used in the wines, bringing elegance and finesse to the style that is known and loved around the world. The family is passionate about the arts and supporting those who work hard to perfect their craft. This spirit is very much captured in the UK Sommelier of the Year competition – where hardworking individuals strive to be the best they can be. Sommeliers are there ensuring our Champagne moments are perfect and pushing the boundaries of what we think we know about service. We look forward to meeting this year’s candidates and welcoming the finalists to our home in Reims.

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Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 19 world-class brands comprising more than 7,000 properties and more than 1.1 million rooms, in 123 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for six consecutive years. Hilton has introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the nearly 146 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.


Berkmann Wine Cellars are proud to be the largest family-owned and family-run wine importer in the UK. We’ve been selling wine to restaurants since 1964 and our expertise has grown along with our portfolio. Today, the company is headed up by second-generation family member Rupert Berkmann. The wineries we represent are just like us – progressive and fiercely independent. Our aspiration is to be more than just another wine supplier. We act as a valued partner, bringing our customers not only delicious wines, but also unrivalled service and know-how which enhance the success of their business. We give support, advice and bespoke training to help restaurants, hotels and bars provide an unbeatable wine experience for their customers. By combining national buying power with local knowledge, we deliver competitive prices and unrivalled service across every region of the UK. With both the customers we supply and the producers we represent, our aim is the same: to foster proactive, long-term partnerships and create sustainable mutual success.

Winterhalter is #thehomeofglasswashing – possessing the very best in glasswashers, chemicals, service and water treatment. We have a solution for washing every type of glass or stemware – delivering constantly perfect wash results without the need for polishing. Our heritage and expertise ensures that every spirit, wine, liqueur or simply water, can be served in the very exact way that the producer intended. Our glasswashing solutions can help save time and cost but also contribute towards improving your sustainability credentials.

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