Watching Paz in sommelier action in Saturday’s semifinal was a first for me, but I assure you she was genuinely charming, relaxed, knowledgeable and adorable.
And those are key components to making it today’s final in Mendoza.
I spoke to Gérard Basset MS MW and chairman of the A.S.I. Sommeliers Contests Committee, about what the judges will be looking for when it comes to placing the Best Sommelier of the World 2016.
He said: “They will be looking for a complete person who obviously knows about wine but also has a good rapport with people, can keep calm under stress and can entertain a bit. We want someone who is charismatic.”
Given that two of the semifinal tests focused on Argentina – port service and tasting with Zuccardi’s Malamado, and offering up a fictitious wine club with a tour of Argentina’s wineries – the Bariloche-born was presented with a great advantage over her contemporaries.
Sounds like Paz has it the final in her sights to me…