The G’Vine Gin Connoisseur 2012 Program

Posted by: on February 6, 2012

The world of bartending is never the same after G’Vine’s amazing bartender contests…

This comes to us from our pals at Euro-Winegate and G’Vine gin.  Bartenders, read on, because you’re definitely NOT going to want to miss out on this one:

The G’ Vine Gin Connoisseur 2012
The Search for the World’s Best Gin Bartender Begins

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EWG Spirits & Wine, parent company of the unique G’Vine Gin, is proud to announce the official launch of the G’Vine Gin Connoisseur 2012 ( – the global quest for the world’s best gin bartender.  This year, the theme will hark back to a golden era of cocktail making:  French Classics.

·         Uniquely, any bartender anywhere can enter the GCP. It doesn’t matter which gin their bar pours or even if G’Vine Gin isn’t available in their country – every gin-loving bartender who is prepared to do the work has an equal chance of making it to the World Finals in Cognac, France in June 2012.

·         All entrants complete online exams on (site available in English, French and Spanish).

·         Bartenders who can attend a Preliminary contest hosted in the UK, Scotland, France, Spain, Canada & the USA throughout spring can qualify for the World Finals in Cognac in June.  The preliminaries will begin with a seminar exploring an avenue normally closed to bar staff:  How the Gin Business Works (e.g. sales figures, calculating margins, etc.) The Challenges include creative mixology and the renowned Blind Gin Nosing & Tasting.

·         Bartenders who can’t attend a Preliminary can enter as Wild Cards, completing the same online exams but making an Xtranormal cartoon video ( using the theme ‘French Classics’.

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·         The 15 world finalists will be announced in May and will be flown to Cognac for a week of extraordinary challenges under the watchful eyes of Jean Sébastien Robicquet, president of EWG and creator and master distiller of G’Vine, master mixologists Philip Duff, Gary Regan, and marketing & business development director of EWG, Audrey Fort.  As well as guest seminars, speed & accuracy, Distill Your Own Gin and the Gin Written Test challenges, Finals Week concludes with one last Challenge: running your own one-person bar at the G’Vine Summer Ball in Cognac, using your charm, mixology knowledge and bar decor skills to attract as many of the great & good of the Cognac drinks industry to try your cocktail!

The Additional Prizes

Will 2012 see the coveted G’Vine Gin Connoisseur trophy awarded to a bartender outside of Europe?
An intercontinental bar tour to the top annual events in the world of spirits:
o       Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans, USA: 2012 is the 10th anniversary blowout and the most renown producers, personalities, and mixologists will be there
o       Bar Convent Berlin, Berlin, Germany:  Globally recognized as one of the most important annual events for the bar industry, located in the beating heart of an epicenter for cutting edge bartenders
·         A year’s supply of G’Vine Gin for their bar
·         Platinum vine flower pin
·         $3,000 and recognition as the finest gin bartender on the planet



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