Issue #18 - January 2020




20/20 Vision

Ophthalmologists define 20/20 as normal vision; there are always those who see clearer and those who see worse. But what I see is an incredibly bright future for ASI in 2020…. This year sadly starts where the last one ended, with the terrible current events in Australia. Our utmost sympathy goes out to all those affected by the fires. While …

Yours, Andres Rosberg



Charting a course for growth

Every business and industry faces pressure to grow. Institutions and organizations are no exception, even robust ones like the ASI that enjoy a well-defined and self-replenishing base of members. This is a good thing. Growth is healthy, when approached responsibly. So where has the ASI grown most? Territory, for starters, in the form of new member organizations. 2019 saw one …


Education First: A Best Sommelier of the World

ASI’s Best Sommelier of the World 2019 Marc Almert has joined the Education Committee. This represents a break from tradition, as past ASI world champions have typically selected to be a part of the Sommelier Contests Commission. Almert however regards his choice not only logical, but in the best interests of the organization: “There’s a sense of openness and inclusion …


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New Best Sommelier Crowned in Albania

The contest for Best Albanian Sommelier of 2019 took place in the Hilton Garden Inn of Tirana from 6-7 December. Nine competitors were put through a variety of practical and theoretical tests, starting with the language of the event, which was held in English. Irdi Lushi, a runner-up two years ago, emerged victorious this time around. Enkeda Haxhiu earned second …

Kazakh claims the first-ever Great Steppe Cup

The first-ever Great Steppe Sommelier Cup was held in Aktau in late October 2019. It was organised by ASI observer member the Kazakhstan Sommelier Association in cooperation with their partners. 10 candidates were invited from six different countries along the Great Steppe stretching from Eastern Europe through to China. Dayana Nassyrova of Kazakhstan emerged as the winner of this inaugural …

Kamil Prokeš declared Czech Republic’s Best Sommelier for 2019

This year’s 22nd annual Bohemia Sekt Trophée – Sommelier of the Year Czech Republic competition has produced a winner: Kamil Prokeš, the owner of the Velké Němčice vineyards. At the day-long tournament, which culminated in a gala finale at the National Theatre’s New Stage, he convinced the jury that his knowledge and skills made him the best candidate for the …


Vinexpo Unveils New Academy Program

Vinexpo Paris (10-12 Feb, 2020) reveals its Academy program: a crossroads of key events concentrating know-how, expertise and passions. It will feature must-attend tastings such as the first Tre Bicchieri event in Paris, the Gambero Rosso award-winning wines for 2020 and a caviar pairing ‘battle’ where three top sommeliers will be tasked with finding the best pairing for caviar. Moët-Hennessy …

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New solutions for perfect wine-by-the-glass service!

Consumers love wine by the glass because it opens up a broader range of food & wine pairings, encourages exploration of new varieties and delivers value while minding alcohol consumption. Professionals can sell their wine at higher prices and better manage the quantities served: a win-win combination!

SommelierS International

A new year of trade fairs is starting and SommelierS International will of course be present at the main professional appointments. First up: the Loire Valley Wine Fair in Angers (France) on 3-4 February, stand GP C160. And the big event will be Wine Paris & Vinexpo from 10-12 February. We will be glad to welcome you in Hall 4, …
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