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Issue #29 - December 2020

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Editorial

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A Welcome from the TEAM!

Dear Friends and Colleagues around the World, 2020 has pushed us all to rethink, reconsider, and react. And through it all, sommeliers everywhere have risen to the challenge. We have lent a helping hand to those in need and pushed ourselves to achieve greater mastery of our craft through study. ASI itself has also done more than just weather the …

Best wishes from ASI Board

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ASI NEWS

Wouters Elected New ASI President at Virtual General Assembly

2020 posed unprecedented challenges to the organizers of the ASI General Assembly. It was necessary to walk a tightrope between practical restrictions, including formal and informal bans on international travel, and fulfilling legal obligations and preserving a semblance of normalcy. With this in mind, the gathering (held from 16 - 18 November 2020) can only be called a rousing success. Using remote conferencing …
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Interview with Martynas Pravilonis from Lithuania

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Martynas Pravilonis from Lithuania took a few minutes from his busy schedule to share a few successes and challenges in this anything-but-usual contest year. Pravilonis has over 10 years of experience in the industry and is the head sommelier at the Grand Hotel Kempinski in Lithunia’s capital Vilnius. He finished 4th at the Best Sommelier of the World contest in Antwerp in 2019, and in addition is a two-time winner …
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ASI MEMBERS NEWS

Zimm Somms Prevail in First Ubuntu Sommeliers Trophy

Top-notch sommelier talent from two neighboring countries met in Stellenbosch, South Africa in a terrific new derby between the two lands. The gathering, under the title of the first annual Stellenbosch Wine Route Ubuntu Sommeliers Trophy, was …
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Hough Voted New President to Icelandic Sommelier Association

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The Icelandic Sommelier Association made a set of changes to its board. After many years of dedication and hard work, Mr. Brandur Sigfússon has stepped down as president of the association. While he plans on remaining an active member of the association, his replacement, Alba E. H. Hough, …
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ASI-PARTNER NEWS

Trapiche “Winery of the Year” at the Catad’Or Wine Awards 2020

Trapiche, one of the oldest wineries in Argentina, as well as the World’s Most Awarded Argentine Winery (WRW & S: World Ranking Wines & Spirits), was bestowed unprecedented recognition in the framework of the 25th edition of the Catad'Or Wine Awards …
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Vinventions releases new Sustainability Report

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Corporate Responsibility matters, including for a world-class closure maker like Vinventions. In this vein, Vinventions is pleased to announce the launch of our 2019 #Sustainability Progress Report. This document does more than just make promises about the Vinventions sustainability …
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By Somms, from Somms: Wineally seeks Ambassadors

ASI Gold Partner Wineally is looking for ASI members to become Wineally ambassadors. This involves more than just potential income. Wineally is a tool for sommeliers to manage everything wine-related for multiple restaurants, …
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Famille Perrin Expands Estate with Sustainability in Mind

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Famille Perrin, proprietors of Château de Beaucastel and early adopters of biodynamic agriculture, have long nurtured a close relationship with the earth. It should come as no surprise that sustainability was a core requirement for an architectural competition …
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