Adapting to the current situation, the recent Vinexpo Shanghai shifted many of its presentations to the digital realm. This included the Challenge series, a long-running Vinexpo favorite. Marc Almert, 2019 ASI World’s Best Sommelier and head sommelier of the restaurant Pavillon of the Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich, hosted the Chardonnay Challenge, inviting viewers to learn more about the regions presented blind by Almert!
Another digital event also featured ASI Sommeliers: 3 of the world’s top sommeliers from the Asia & Oceania area – Choi Kam Fung, Taku Iguro, Andrea Martinisi – were challenged to select unique and outstanding wines to pair to perfection with chocolate. Audience members were asked to judge the proposed wine & chocolate pairings, and to vote for the sommelier whose combination you liked best!
Replays of the events can be found at https://vinexposium-connect.site.calypso-event.net/en/