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Arvid Rosengren elected director of the ASI Sommeliers Contest Commission

Reims, France — The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) held its General Assembly in Reims, France on 5 – 6 October 2019. A number of important motions were put to vote and all of them passed unanimously. These included the appointment of a new chair and new member to the Sommeliers Contests Commission, the admission…

The new Champion: Marc Almert from Germany

2019 ASI Best Sommelier of the World The audience of over 1,000 people cheered, laughed and applauded loudly during a stellar performance by Marc Almert, the candidate from Germany and sommelier at the Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, as he went through test after test with a remarkable combination of precision and charm.…

Marc Almert from Germany is the New ASI Best Sommelier of the World

Sommelier from Germany takes the most coveted title in the profession after facing a record number of candidates, through three rounds of fierce competition in Belgium. At the end of a final round where the three top competitors had to show their knowledge of wine and talent for service and hospitality in front of an…

Ningxia: ASI’s Host and Partner in China

ASI is very proud to announce a new, two-year partnership with Ningxia’s Helan Mountain Eastern Slope wine region in China, one of China’s fastest growing and best-established high quality wine producing regions, which will be host to the 2020 ASI Annual Meeting. “We are impressed with the enthusiastic welcome and the significant support that the…

So long, Gérard

We had known it was bound to happen, even if we ignored it and hoped for a miracle. Still, it struck us as a thunderbolt. It is bizarre how you can see things coming for so long and still be shocked when they hit you – like a rabbit frozen in the headlights. Foreknowledge does…

Wataru Iwata is the Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania 2018

An audience of over 800 people saw the thrilling final live in Kyoto Wataru Iwata from Japan became the ASI Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania 2018, following a thrilling and hard-fought final that concluded three days of competition in Kyoto, Japan. Thanks to this victory, the 29 year-old native of Kyoto automatically qualifies for…

49th ASI General Assembly, Georgia 2018

Recap of the 49th ASI General Assembly in Georgia English Français

A successful General Assembly in Georgia

The 49th ASI General Assembly, held on June 18th, 2018 in Tbilisi, Georgia, was one of the best-attended sessions in recent years. 50 presidents of national associations were present, and the exchange of opinions and experiences between them and the ASI Board resulted in many positive decisions for the future of the association and the…

ASI & APAS contest of the best Sommelier of the Americas – Canada 2018

ASI & APAS Best Sommelier of the Americas, Canada 2018 contest was organized by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) and the Alianza Panamericana de Sommeliers (APAS) with the logistic support of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS/ACSP) from May 22nd to May 24th 2018. The contest was held in Montréal and 10…

Pier-Alexis Soulière is the Best Sommelier of the Americas

Mr. Pier-Alexis Souliere from Canada was crowned today the Best Sommelier of the Americas, after winning a dramatic final over Mr. Martin Bruno from Argentina, who came second, and Mr. Carl Villeneuve Lepage, also from Canada, who ended third. As best sommelier of the Americas, Mr. Pier-Alexis Soulière, has automatically qualified for the ASI Best Sommelier…

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