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  • Editorial

    “It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: ‘And this, too, shall pass away.’ How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride!…

  • Editorial

    Tempus fugit, wrote Latin poet Virgil over twenty centuries ago. Paradoxically, his statement “time flies” was so strong that it lasted until today. But time does not fly: We are the ones flying… time stays! Three years ago, I stood before the General Assembly of ASI and asked for its support to become its president,…

  • Editorial

    Identity matters. As the Roman philosopher Seneca said, if one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. Our lives, our work, our attitudes are shaped not just on how we present ourselves to others, but also on how we understand ourselves. And when the weather is stormy, knowing who…

  • Editorial

    We all admire someone who gets knocked down and stands back up again, undaunted. ASI, like everyone else, has certainly faced its share of hardships. The most recent is also one of the most painful: Following conversations with the Cyprus Sommelier Association, we have decided to postpone the ASI Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa…

  • Editorial

    As many parts of the world begin stirring back to normality, I find myself thinking about a fantastic wine here in my home country of Argentina. It’s called “El Gran Enemigo,” which means ‘The Great Enemy.’ The name pays homage to the biggest battle we all face: the battle against ourselves. The battle to stay…

  • Editorial

    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…

  • Editorial

    As I write these words, many parts of the world are beginning to re-emerge and re-open after their coronavirus lockdowns. Others are still battened down and waiting for the storm to pass. Many of us are likely to remember this difficult spring of 2020 for the challenges to health, livelihood and community that we have…

  • Editorial

    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…

  • Editorial

    On behalf of not just myself, but also the entire ASI Board: I hope this edition of the newsletter reaches you in good health and strong spirits. March 2020 will almost certainly be remembered around the world as a time that put both to the test. In difficult times, there are few things for which…

  • Editorial by Andrés Rosberg

    Nelson Mandela was one of my heroes. This quote of his always resonates with me: “I never lose. I either win or I learn.” What a brilliant and healthy attitude for navigating life! This same philosophy is our beacon as we systematically review the aims, structures and processes for the ASI’s showpiece wing: the Sommeliers…