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  • Questionnaire for the Competition Best Sommelier of the World 2019

    To give you an idea, what kind of questions are to be answered during the quarter finals, we publish a few of them here. Please bear in mind, that the 66 competitors had to answer 60 of such questions and only had 60 minutes time to do so … What is this? Which insect is…

  • Ranking BSOW 2019

    Please find below the ranking of the top 50 participants of the competition Best Sommelier of the World 2019 Marc Almert, Germany Nina Højgaard Jensen, Denmark Raimonds Tomsons, Latvia Martynas Pravilonis, Lithuania Fredrik Lindfors, Sweden Piotr Pietras, Poland Julia Scavo, Romania Julie Dupouy, Ireland Pier-Alexis Soulière, Canada Antoine Lehebel, Belgium Wataru Iwata, Japan David Biraud,…

  • What does it mean to be the Best Sommelier?

    On Friday, March 15, after a week of highly demanding, hotly disputed competition in Antwerp, Belgium, a young man of 27, Marc Almert, from Germany, became the 16th person in the world to hold the title of Best Sommelier of the World. In the finals, he was joined by two remarkable candidates: Nina Højgaard Jensen,…

  • The new Champion: Marc Almert from Germany

    2019 ASI Best Sommelier of the World The audience of over 1,000 people cheered, laughed and applauded loudly during a stellar performance by Marc Almert, the candidate from Germany and sommelier at the Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, as he went through test after test with a remarkable combination of precision and charm.…

  • A week of discovery in Antwerp

    Thanks to the hard work by the Belgian organizing committee, everyone who took part in the 2019 ASI Best Sommelier of the World contest had a great opportunity to discover Antwerp’s eclectic mix of history and modern character in everything from architecture to food and culture. Candidates, delegations, journalists and other participants had the chance…

  • Marc Almert from Germany is the New ASI Best Sommelier of the World

    Sommelier from Germany takes the most coveted title in the profession after facing a record number of candidates, through three rounds of fierce competition in Belgium. At the end of a final round where the three top competitors had to show their knowledge of wine and talent for service and hospitality in front of an…

  • Live-Stream

    Here you can see the recording of the live streaming of the final of The Best Sommelier of the World contest. If you want to see the stream directly on YouTube, please follow this link:    

  • ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019 contest: the list of semi-finalists is revealed

    19 candidates will now go on to the second round of tests, to try and obtain one of the most important distinctions in the wine world After a first round of practical and technical tests that took place over two days, the semi-finalists who are still in the race for the title of ASI Best…

  • ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019 contest begins in Belgium

    Record number of candidates and countries will compete all week for the highest distinction in the sommelier world Today marks the beginning of the most highly-awaited event in the sommelier world: the ASI Best Sommelier of the World contest, where 66 candidates from 63 countries–a record number, on both counts–will see years of learning, study and…

  • A rising tide

    Every three years, since its founding in 1969, the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale has been organizing a major event: the ASI Best Sommelier of the World contest. It is a celebration of sommellerie, hard work, talent and camaraderie that brings the best professionals of more than sixty countries together to compete for the most…