As we turn the page on the 2019 ASI Best Sommelier of the World contest, we would like to thank our partners for their presence at the contest and throughout the year. In Antwerp, Chef&Sommelier and San Pellegrino were a constant presence, as they were supplying the glasses and the official water of the contest, during tests, master classes and all other functions. For their part, Wines of Argentina, Wines of Portugal and Trapiche all made appearances at the Bar des Sommeliers, where the candidates and participants went after the day’s events to wind down and discover new wines. Wines of Argentina also offered a master class to Antwerp’s sommellerie students, a further opportunity for learning during the week. Sommeliers International and Ligne W/Château Laguiole offered gifts to the finalists, while the Chinese wine region of Ningxia made a first appearance in ASI activities with a 2008 cabernet franc from the region that was served as a blind tasting exercise for the 19 semi-finalists. During those major events as well as throughout the year, the support of all those partners, including Vinexpo, is essential in helping us bring out the best of – and offer the best to – the world sommelier community.