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Hotel du Vin’s cigar connoisseur wins UK award

Hotel du Vin Harrogate bar manager Peter Dobrontei will represent the UK at the International HabanoSommelier final during the annual Cigar Festival in Havana, Cuba next February.

Peter has won through to compete with the best in the world after winning the coveted UK HabanoSommelier award, held at Hunters & Frankau’s London head offices last week.


Hotel du Vin Harrogate’s Peter Dobrontei
Hotel du Vin Harrogate’s Peter Dobrontei

The stringent assessment included a written exam as well as a role play designed to assess participants’ knowledge of cigars, ability to recommend cigars for specific occasions and their skill in cutting, lighting and serving the cigars that they had recommended.

Peter said:

The exam covered topics including Cuban tobacco farming techniques, cigar production, vitolas (sizes), tastes, flavours and service.

I’ve worked at Hotel du Vin for a number of years now and that experience definitely helped me through this process. I can’t wait to compete for the international tittle amongst the best in this field.


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