Issue #23 - June 2020




by Andrés Rosberg

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 hungry and curious, to grow …




Cyprus readies for BSEA and GA in November

Preparations are now well underway for the Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa contest, to be held from 16 – 20 November 2020 in Limassol, Cyprus. The contest is considered one of the most important on ASI’s calendar, and for good reason: of the 14 historical winners of this event, 6 have gone on to become Best Sommelier of the …
BSEA 2020

Love Is... Being a Sommelier Today

Being a Somm
There’s no better antidote for these unsettled times than a dose of positivity and good news.  This month we opened up on #ASIsomms and asked our readers to share with us what they love the most about the sommelier profession. From around the world, the resonance was just staggering. In case you missed it, here are just a few of …

Cyprus registration for candidates open now

To help our contestants and national organizations with their planning, registration has been opened up early for the next ASI Contest of the Best Sommelier Europe & Africa, to be held in Cyprus from 16 – 20 November 2020. The form can now be found below. Although the official deadline is not until 19 September, candidates who have already been …
BSEA 2020


Cyprus provides advice for aspiring contestants

Sometimes the first step is the hardest. Reigning ASI Best Sommelier of the World Marc Almert, in partnership with the Cyprus Sommelier Association and the German Sommelier Union, organized a live panel on the topic of “How to Prepare and Win a Competition.” It provides excellent advice for rising sommeliers, whether they are aiming at this year’s ASI Europa & …
Cyprus MC

Innovative learning models from Czechia

Necessity is famously the mother of invention. With standard options for testing currently unavailable, the Czech Sommelier Association (Asociace Sommelierů ČR) has released an innovative new model: E-Examinations. The electronic examinations and accompanying 5-minutes educational videos are designed to increase and strengthen sommeliers’ knowledge. They also reward the association’s corporate partners through direct links to their e-shops during wine and …

Venezuela posts seminars on post Covid-19 recovery

The Venezuela sommelier association (Asociación Venezolana de Sommeliers) is producing a set of webinars focused on different sectors of the country’s food and alcoholic beverages industry. All aspects of these businesses are explored, including producers, importers, distributors and sales. The first webinar includes lectures on the coffee and cocoa industry, wine distribution and sales, rum production and Covid’s impact on …
Venezuela news 2020-07

Estonia elects new Board

Board Estonia 2020
The Estonian Sommelier Association (Eesti Sommeljeede Assotsiatsioon) held its General Assembly on 11 June. To accommodate for the local health guidelines, the meeting was held partially via Zoom conference, with some members and even candidates for the Board participating in this way. The most important business for the General Assembly was a secret-ballot vote to empanel a new Board for …


Wines of Portugal launches online wine academy

In response to growing interest in Portuguese wines during the current pandemic, Wines of Portugal has created a “Wines of Portugal Online Education Course.” Aimed at restaurant and retail professionals as well as consumers looking to deepen their technical knowledge about wines, this free online academy was launched on July 1. Available on the Wines of Portugal website, this course …

Three Innovations in Argentine Wine from Wines of Argentina

Research into altitude, geographic indications to consolidate a sense of identity and sustainable management of water resources are leading the innovations in Argentine wine today. You can’t talk about Argentine wine without mentioning the effect of altitude. Almost half of the wine made in the country comes from vineyards planted above 1.000 meters in elevation. But it’s important to understand …

Château Laguiole and Marc Almert present ...

Chateau Laguile Marc Almert
After more than a year of work in collaboration with Marc Almert, the Château LAGUIOLE "Best Sommelier of the World 2019 Marc ALMERT" sommelier knife has been launched. It is the latest addition of a tradition that stretches back almost 30 years. This latest edition of the utensil features burr walnut, reflecting the personality, professionalism and passion of Marc Almert …