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Issue #23 - June 2020

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Editorial

Editorial

by Andrés Rosberg

News has begun emerging of gastronomy opening up again, lockdowns easing, and even the cautious beginning of limited international travel. With those good tidings in hand, I hope this edition of the newsletter finds you healthy and safe wherever you are around the globe! I am struck by the ways the pandemic has accelerated existing trends at ASI. We had …

a virtual Santé,
Andrés

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ASI NEWS

Talking with Giuseppe Vaccarini

Italian wine expert Giuseppe Vaccarini started his career as a professional sommelier and was awarded the title of “Best Sommelier of the World” in 1978. From 1978 to 1983, he was director of Milan’s renowned restaurant "Gualtiero Marchesi." He was President of the Association of Italian Sommeliers (AIS, 1999 - 2002) and President of the " Association de la Sommellerie …
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ASI pivots in crisis to grade diploma results virtually

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ASI is proud to convey 52 new members to its family of certified ASI Sommeliers bringing the new total to 327. As previously reported, the ASI Diploma examinations were held on March 2, 2020 at 14 different testing sites around the world. Several nations, including Argentina, France, the Netherlands and Serbia, welcomed candidates from other countries as well. First introduced …
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Idled somms flock to complimentary Purple Pages subscriptions

Renowned wine critic Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages are known as an online hub for educated wine knowledge. As a show of solidarity to the global corps of wine professionals -- waiting staff, chefs, bartenders, kitchen porters and, of course, sommeliers -- idled by the pandemic, Robinson opened up temporary complimentary membership to those workers. Her one request: they had to …
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The Cheers Heard Round the World

International Sommelier Day
International Sommelier Day on June 3 was celebrated this year as never before: with a series of 3 online Zoom meetings staggered throughout the day to allow sommeliers from all corners of the globe to participate. Each session was hosted by the vice-president responsible for that part of the world: the first by Ms. Saiko Tamura-Soga, VP of Asia & …
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GOING FOR GOLD WITH ASI Partner Sessions

A highly successful series of online ASI Gold Partner panel sessions were held on May 18 & May 25. Originally conceived as an alternative way for ASI to present its partners in light of the cancellation of ASI’s in-person events due to COVID-19, the events proved well-attended and highly popular among the sommelier community. Several decisions were made in an …
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ASI MEMBERS NEWS

As hospitality industries around the world slowly chug back into life, ASI’s 52 member countries continue to offer an incredible range of innovative initiatives. Informative webinars out of Cyprus and Ireland. Virtual wine workshops sponsored by the Croatian Sommelier Association. And a range of international wine producers and prominent personalities in online offerings from Argentina. And these are just the ones we know about!

Whatever your country and association is doing, be sure to use the hashtag #asisomms so that we can help amplify the results and give you your well-deserved acclaim!

Serbia on the Stage in July

The 8th National Sommelier Contest in Serbia is now scheduled to take place on 18-19th July 2020. The contest will be chaired by Peer F. Holm - president of German Sommelier Association and presided over by ASI judges from Serbia. The contest is open to sommeliers from other countries to compete as guest competitors, offering valuable training and experience for …
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ASI-PARTNER NEWS

Trapiche Costa & Pampa

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Trapiche Costa & Pampa is located in Chapadmalal, Mar del Plata, Province of Buenos Aires, surrounded by soft hills and incredible fields. A treasure hidden between the sea and the pampa. Located 6 kilometers from the sea, the coastal climate and gentle hills make these lands a unique and privileged place for the cultivation of high-quality wines with a marked …
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Advini

Château Moser XV is a unique cooperation between Changyu, the oldest winery in China (1892), and Lenz M.Moser from the pioneering Austrian Lenz Moser family. Both partners bring their best to this one-of-a-kind project. Wine is produced in Ningxia, where the chateau is situated. The location is a real asset: situated at 1,100 meters of elevation with cool nights for …
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Vinventions

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SÜBR: A New Category of Micro-Natural Closures SÜBR is the world’s first glue-free and taint-free micro-natural closure. It offers a consistent, low oxygen ingress which is ideally suited for maintaining freshness and ensuring optimal cellar aging performance. Its state-of-the-art technology positions it as the first glue-free natural closure to ensure utmost respect for the environment. SÜBR provides the design …
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SommelierS International

SommelierS International is proud to announce a number of changes to its website. Among the new features: ASI members are invited to download current and past issues of the magazine for free at https://www.sommeliers-international.com/en/anciens-numeros. The next issue of SommelierS International will be published in late August.
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