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Kempinski Sommelier Named the Best Sommelier in Lithuania in 2013

Vilnius, Lithuania, 9 May, 2013: During the 2013 Duval – Leroy Grand Prix Sommelier Championship of Lithuania, which took place in Vilnius, Narimantas Miežys, the sommelier of Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, won first place. It is the second time in a row that Mr Miežys has won the honour, successfully defending his title as Lithuania’s best sommelier.

“I am very glad that the education and hands on experience I have acquired has helped me to be the best sommelier in Lithuania two years in a row. The other contestants are all experienced and well known experts in this field, so I am very honoured to have won. There are some really strong restaurants in Lithuania, which foster excellent sommelier traditions and allow experts to improve their knowledge and develop their skills. This undoubtedly helps to elevate the consumption culture of wine and other alcoholic drinks in Lithuania”, says Mr Miežys, the Duval – Leroy Grand Prix Champion.

During the Grand Prix Sommelier Championship of Lithuania, the main focus was put on Champagne. The finalists had to decant a bottle of Champagne Duval Leroy Brut properly for the guests. This assignment was especially difficult as, according to the experts of this field, the standards of Champagne decanting are not clearly set out. This was the first time this kind of assignment was given in an international competition, which means the finalists had to create a method on their own to decant the Champagne properly.During the final, participants also had to carry out classical assignments, such as amending incorrect wine menus, pairing wines and other alcoholic beverages with food, carrying out blind degustations of spirits and wines and tasting the local herring dish and choosing the most suitable wine for it.

Mr Miežys says that to become the champion of Lithuania for the second time was in large part thanks to the experience he picks up through his daily work. Currently, Mr Miežys is a sommelier at Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square’s restaurant, Telegrafas. He continues to learn and expand his skills, not only in Lithuania but also on appointments abroad at other Kempinski properties. According to the General Manager of the hotel, Noel Attard, the achievement of Mr Miežys is a true honour for the whole hotel.

“Kempinski’s history dates back to the 19th century, to Berthold Kempinski’s love and passion for wine. It seems only natural that this tradition has been maintained and is a major part of today’s Kempinski culture. We are proud to have within our team Narimantas, a true wine lover, who has once more been named the best sommelier in Lithuania. During this competition, he had to showcase his passion for wine and his outstanding skills in front of an authoritative jury. I feel that a proper wine culture is critical to any strong culinary culture, as there is no enjoyment of an excellent meal without being accompanied by a good selection of wines. Narimantas is today running our restaurant, Telegrafas, where he has succeeded in creating a wine journey for our clients by providing an excellent selection of wines, champagnes and spirits and, through his knowledge and expertise, ensuring that our guests have the best possible match to their meal”, says Noel Attard.

In September, Mr Miežys will represent Lithuania in the European Championship in Monaco and San Rem.

About Kempinski:

Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 76 five-star hotels in 30 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotels.

For further information please contact

Birutė Leimontaitė • Director of Marketing and Sales • Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square • 01122 Vilnius • Lithuania T +37052201165 • F +37052201170 • birute.leimontaite@kempinski.com • www.kempinski.com/vilnius

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