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Issue #21 - April 2020

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Editorial

Editorial

by Andrés Rosberg

I often end my editorials with a toast to our good health. With the whole world upside down right now, why should we be any different? Let us then start with our santé, a virtual toast to remind us of what really matters right now: health, love, solidarity. We all know this pandemic is hitting millions of people around the …

Santé, Andrés

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ASI NEWS

Pouring Themselves into the Fight against COVID-19

Samuil Angelov, Deputy Treasurer and former president of Finland’s Suomen Sommelierit Ry, laid out the stakes with remarkable clarity: "The main thing for me is holding onto my staff and continuing being able to give them jobs. The sommelier profession in Finland is not particularly well protected and our profession is very vulnerable right now. I'm afraid this is only …
Samuil
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ASI Diploma

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The ASI Diploma exams were successfully held on March 2, 2020. Fourteen different national sommelier organizations administered the exams to 76 candidates in all, including both a written exam and oral/practical tests. This represented a 12% year-on-year rise in candidates compared with the 68 candidates from 2019. The Diploma program establishes international standards that promote greater quality and professionalism in …
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ASI MEMBERS NEWS

Cyprus

Planning continues apace for the upcoming ASI Best Sommelier of Europe and Africa contest in Cyprus. The Cyprus national association has now opened up online registration; any countries that have already elected their candidates should apply now!
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Lithuania

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The Lithuanian Sommelier Association has chosen its candidate for the ASI Best Sommelier of Europe and Africa contest: Martynas Pravilonis, who finished 4th in Antwerp last year. Pravilonis is a two-time winner of the Best Sommelier of the Baltics competition as well as a multiple-time winner of Lithuania’s national contest.
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Switzerland

Switzerland has elected its candidate for the ASI Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa 2020. Reza Nahaboo, who works as a sommelier instructor at Glion Institute of Higher Education, will be representing Switzerland in Cyprus in November.
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ASI-PARTNER NEWS

Wines of Argentina

Malbec
Grab friends and a glass – it’s World Malbec Day! Recognized every year on April 17, World Malbec Day transcends a mere date on the calendar. It’s an annual homage to #MalbecArgentino in honor of a wine with Argentine authenticity and global success. Watch out dates, you may want to mention that MWD is on April 17th, and that Argentina …
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Viniportugal

Taking into account the situation experienced worldwide at a time when most of us are isolated at home due to the pandemic caused by the Coronavirus, Wines of Portugal developed a communication campaign for its social networks called “Stay Safe. Stay at Home.” This includes new banners with messages related to staying at home and being safe in the company …
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