ASI Welcomes 38 New Diploma Graduates

3 May 2021

It is with great pleasure ASI announces 38 new ASI Diploma graduates. Hosting of the 2021 examination was carried out in 12 countries. This year’s examination was extremely complicated as the ASI Exam Committee was given the task of guaranteeing a fair and equitable process under the extreme duress of hosting the examinations during a global pandemic. According to ASI Exam Committee Director Giuseppe Vaccarini, “the work carried out in time of the pandemic was objectively complex in the test drafting phase and especially in the correction phase, carried out entirely online with the support of exam videos. However, thanks to the teamwork of the committee members and the local juries, the exam took place in the right conditions and the final result was more than satisfactory.”

While the examinations were challenging for both those writing and correcting the examinations, Mr. Vaccarini is pleased to announce not only 38 new candidates but for the first time in the history of the diploma “we have the pleasure of announcing two Best of Class candidates. I am pleased to announce Fabrice Sommier (France) and Hee Sung Park (South Korea) have graduated with Best of Class honours.”

Now the committee, under the direction of Mr. Vaccarini, have the task of preparing the 2022 examination. To support those seeking to pursue the ASI Diploma, an ASI Diploma Study Group has been formed as a group on the ASI Facebook page. In the coming months, information about the examination process, example questions will be shared on the group. The ASI Exam Committee will oversee the group, but it is hoped that it will be an open platform for sommeliers from around the world to help each other prepare for the ASI Diploma exam.