We are pleased to announce the official contestant list for the first ever Austria Uncorked: New York’s Best Sommelier 2016!

The event, happening in New York on April 18th at Riverpark, will require contestants to complete both a written exam and blind tasting exam and the top three scoring contestants will also complete a service exam. The top scoring contestant will win an all expense paid trip to Vie Vinum, Austria’s biggest and best wine fair occurring in Vienna in June 2016.

And the contestants are:

Company First Name Last Name
VINTUS Peter Bothwell
David Bouley Arthur Briand
City Winery NNYC Alexandre Calvi
Noho Hospitality Group Chelsea Carrier
Junoon Michael Dollinksi
Gramercy Tavern Dominique Douglas
The Union League Club of Philadelphia Carl Etcheverry
The NoMad Jhonel Faelnar
Anfora David Foss
Vera Restaurant & Wine Bar Christina Fuhrman
Corkbuzz wine studio Andrew Johnson
Hakkasan New York Hemant Kala
Hakkasan New York Nicole Kalaboke
The Modern Kyungmoon Kim
Jean-Georges Minwoo Kwon
The Modern Josh Lit
Maison Premiere Hernan Martinez
Jean-Georges Restaurant Alexandra Masanotti
Select Vintage Wines Michael McNelis
Nix Andrea Morris
Harvest Restaurant Group Erik Odqvist
The NoMad Sarah Plath
Cafe Katja Robin Pohlman
Jean-Georges Rory Pugh
Corkbuzz Chris Raftery
Corkbuzz Wine Studio Amber Rill
Marta Courtney Schiessl
Erv’s on Beekman Doree Seligman
KG-NY Restaurant Wallse Marietta Stegbuchner
Telluride Ski Resort Sally Stewart
The Rittenhouse Justin Timsit
Corkbuzz Ryan Totman
Amsterdam Wine Co. Adam Walker
Telluride Ski Resort Steven Washuta
Eastern Standard Matt Whitney

May the best contestant win! Stay tuned.