Issue #28 - November 2020




by Andrés Rosberg

“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! How consoling in the depths …




Almert headlines ASI digital participation at Vinexpo Shanghai

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 …


Sommelier Union Deutschland Calls for Solidarity with Gastronomy

While Germany has weathered the pandemic almost as well as any country in the world, the country’s government has nevertheless declared that the nation’s restaurants must stop in-house service for the duration of November to try to stem the tide of the disease. The Sommelier Union Deutschland is calling on its members to stand in solidarity with the restaurants that …
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Korea chooses both new annual champion and Best of the Best

The Korea International Sommelier Association gathered on October 18, 2020 to crown a new winner of the Korea Best Sommelier Contest. The event, held this year in Daejeon DCC, was the 16th edition of the event. Hyuncheol CHO of l’Escape Hotel bested a tough group of competitors, including runner-up Jungmin AN of the SPC Group and Jooyong KIM of Impression. …

Serbia Successfully Holds SERSA Sommelier Level 3 Course

Despite the pandemic conditions, the Serbian Sommelier Association (SERSA) successfully ran a SERSA Sommelier Level 3 course. 26 candidates in all participated in the coursework and sat for the exam. Elsewhere, the Sommelier Association of Vojvodina (part of SERSA) started its own sommelier course in Novi Sad at the Sheraton Hotel. It is instructing 15 candidates on the fine points …

Croatian Somm Association Offers Intro Courses in Italian

Seeking to help its members expand on their skills even during the pandemic, the Croatian Sommelier Association organized an introductory sommelier course in Italian. The ties between Croatia and Italy are many -- besides sitting across from one another on the Adriatic Sea, the two countries share a long history of trade and politics, especially in the Istrian peninsula near …

Top Somm Declared in Indonesia

Three finalists from Jakarta & four finalists from Bali gathered on October 9 at the Wyndham Garden Kuta to settle once and for all who was Indonesia’s Best Sommelier for 2020. The event was closed to the public due to health protocols but was live-streamed on social media instead. Andri Andiyatna of Cork & Screw proved a worthy champion, followed …

Friendly Ubuntu Derby between Zimbabwe and South Africa

It takes time for countries to build up their pool of experienced competition sommeliers. In a gesture of international solidarity, the Ubuntu Sommelier Trophy has been established as a derby between South African Sommeliers (SASA) and Sommeliers of Zimbabwe (SAZ). It is a great opportunity for sommeliers from both nations to get some real competition game time and practice ahead …

Canada Introduces New National President

The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) is pleased to announce British Columbia-based Lesley Brown as their new National President. Ms. Brown takes over from outgoing CAPS National President Mark DeWolf. DeWolf had served a nearly 4-year term as CAPS’ National President, following a 3-year term as CAPS National Vice-President. “I am thrilled that Lesley Brown will be taking over …

A New Champion for Kazakhstan

The Best Sommelier of Kazakhstan 2020 is Anton Khasbiyev! He bested 12 sommeliers and wine specialists for the title of "Les Grands Chais de France Sommelier Contest 2020." It was the fourth time that the contest was hosted by the Association of Wine Specialists of Kazakhstan. Khasbiyev, sommelier of the "Nautica" restaurant and Alma Wine company, is a CoMS Certified …


Familia Torres: Decanter Proclaims Grans Muralles 2016 among the World’s 50 Best Wines

Grans Muralles, the wine made by Familia Torres in the DO Conca de Barberà, was again named “Best in Show” at the Decanter World Wine Awards, the biggest international wine competition, organized by British magazine Decanter. This year’s award went to the 2016 vintage. For the second year in a row, this Mediterranean red wine made using native varieties, including …

SommelierS International

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Trapiche is Awarded Top 100 Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits Magazine

Trapiche, one of Argentina’s largest and most historically important wine producers, is honored to announce that Wine & Spirits Magazine has recognized it as a Top 100 Winery of the Year for 2020. Trapiche earned some of the highest scores in its regional category in the magazine’s blind tastings this year, with one of the most consistent performances over a …


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Four famous brands of knives, many products well familiar to working sommeliers, have come together under one grand umbrella. Château LAGUIOLE, LIGNE W, Mateo Gallud, Guy Vialis are now all part of Maison Château LAGUIOLE. The new product lines, which include some of the world’s finest tools for the sommelier trade, can be seen at

New 2021 schedule for Vinexpo

In view of the changing health situation and in consultation with industry representatives, Vinexposium is adapting its 2021 calendar and is moving Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris from 14 to 16 June 2021. WOW! Meetings, a two-day business meeting dedicated to the international organic wine community, will also be held in June. Vinexpo New York, Vinexpo Hong Kong and Vinexpo …