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  • Morocco: Kamil Essbai selected to compete in Cyprus

    Kamil Essbai, who earned the Château Roslane Trophy as Best Sommelier of Morocco 2019. Essbai, has been awarded his country’s spot at the upcoming Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa in Cyprus in November 2020. He prevailed over two other former champions, Abdelghafour Sadek (2018) and Zakaria Wahbi (2017), at a contest in January in…

  • Carine Patricio makes history in Portugal

    Carine Patricio, former star sommelier at Hamburg’s Jellyfish restaurant and currently sales and customer service specialist at legendary German winegrower JJ Prüm, has made waves in the sommelier community of her home country. Her victory in the recent Best Sommelier of Portugal competition makes her the first woman to hold that title. She is very…

  • Francesco Marzola triumphs in Norway

    Francesco Marzola, already holder of the Best Sommelier of the Nordic 2018 title, has added another trophy to his collection: Best Sommelier of Norway 2020. The victory represented the culmination of a long competitive growth process: “With two second places and two third places, it was really the time to win it this year, so…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Siniša Lasan Crowned Best Croatian Sommelier in 2019

    Siniša Lasan, the sommelier of Proto restaurant in Dubrovnik, won the 23rd National Sommelier Championship organized by the Croatian Sommelier Club, held on 24 and 25 November in the Westin Hotel in Zagreb. He prevailed over a field of 36 candidates from renowned Croatian restaurants and hotels. The finalists also included Ivan Jug, last year’s…

  • Morocco has a New Sommelier Champion

    Kamil Essbai has claimed the Château Roslane Trophy as Best Sommelier of Morocco 2019. Essbai is sommelier and beverage manager at Iloli restaurant in Casablanca, making this the first time that the prestigious title has gone to that city. The final round of the national contest was held on November 25th in the magnificent setting…

  • Maximilian Wilm Succeeds Almert as “Best Sommelier in Germany”

    Maximilian Wilm from the Kinfelts Kitchen & Wine in Hamburg won the final of the fifth Sommelier Trophy in Neustadt an der Weinstraße. The Sommelier-Union Deutschland awards the “Best Sommelier of Germany” in a two year cycle, positioning Wilm as the successor to world champion Marc Almert, who won the Sommelier Trophy two years ago.…

  • Best Sommelier of Argentina 2019

    It’s official: Valeria Gamper is the Best Sommelier of Argentina 2019! She prevailed over a record 27 contestants in the competition, which was organized by the Asociación Argentina de Sommeliers (AAS). There were more than bragging rights at stake at this competition, which was held in the Usina del Arte de Buenos Aires. Each of…

  • A New Best Sommelier of Belgium has been Declared

    Gianluca di Taranto of The Jane restaurant has been named winner of the “Best Sommelier of Belgium 2019-2020” competition. He closely edged out Dries Corneille from De Jonkman Restaurant and Stephane Dardenne from Air du Temps to claim the crown.  This competition was made possible thanks to the collaboration between the Belgian Sommelier Gilde and the Flemish…