While the ASI’s focus was squarely on Reims, many of its partners have been busy promoting fine wine and wine service elsewhere in the world.
In late September, Wines of Portugal served as an event partner for the Nordic Sommelier Championship, an exclusive competition that brings together the industry’s best professionals from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. At that event, Danish sommelier Rasmus Marquart was ultimately declared the Best Nordic Sommelier for 2019. #WinesOfPortugal
Vinexpo in turn was preparing for the Vinexpo Shanghai. This event, running from October 23 -25, represents a major new event for the enticing Chinese market. Among the attractions: the Battle of the New Generation. This new event showcases three young, talented continental winners or finalists – Raimonds Tomsons, Wataru Iwata et Martin Bruno- presenting and defending each of them three white and red wines and convince the audience about their choices. Then, Marc Almert, the most recent ASI Best Sommelier of the World performed the Vinexpo Challenge with a blind tasting of ten wines, helping the audience identify the wines .