UK wins Habanasommelier Contest
The representative of the United Kingdom, Fabien Garrigues, from the Malmaison and Du Vin hotels, won the Sixth International Habanasommelier Contest, held on the last day of the Ninth Havana Cigar Festival.
Garrigues, who has a French nationality and is 26 years old, convinced the jury with his combination of a Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill cigar and a Mendoza brandy.
The contest tests the experts' abilities to propose perfect combinations of drinks and Havana cigars, in addition to a demonstration of how to select, cut and light a Havana cigar and a theoretical exam.
Other participants in the contest were Cuba's Ernesto Cardenas, from the Habana Libre Hotel, and Spain's Arnau Marco, from the Raco d en Cesc Restaurant in Barcelona.
The Havana Cigar Festival will close tonight at EXPOCUBA exhibition hall, on the outskirts of Havana, where the 2006 Havana Cigar Awards will be granted and five batches of special humidors will be auctioned. The money raised in the auction will go to Cuba's health system.