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  • How Restaurants Can Use Technology like Wineally to Offer Better To-Go Pairings

    We all know that COVID-19 has damaged the restaurant industry. Due to social distancing and general caution, consumers have been dining out less. As a result, restauranteurs have experienced a dramatic decline in seated diners over the last 2 years.   To help those affected, authorities in various countries have relaxed alcohol restrictions, allowing restaurants…

  • Fire in Sonoma Hills

    Sonoma County to receive $37-million in funding to combat wildfires and support local businesses

      The threat of Western US wildfires this year is as great as it’s ever been. Thankfully, help is on the way for businesses in this region, including the numerous wineries.   “This is an area that has been under-resourced, but this is going to change if we have anything to do with it,” said…

  • ASI confirms dates for its next General Assembly in Mainz, Germany

    ASI is pleased to announce the dates for the next General Assembly have been confirmed as July 2nd to 4th with an additional social, cultural and education program, offered free of charge, from July 5th to 7th. In fulfilling the requirement of Article 6 of the ASI bylaws and recognizing many Covid-19 constraints still will…

  • A few words with SommelierS International

    The modern sommelier is responsible for more than their own personal skill and mastery at the tableside arts. Today, perhaps more than ever before, being a wine professional also involves being a good educator and communicator. This means remaining perpetually curious about the people, places, trends and events in the wider sommelier community. Membership in…

  • ASI announces first annual ASI Gérard Basset Lifetime Achievement Award

    International call for Nominations ASI is delighted to announce the first annual ASI Gérard Basset Lifetime Achievement Award.  The annual award was created according to ASI Ambassador Michèle Chantôme and Nina & Romané Basset “to highlight and reward a personality who has played and/or continues to play an important role in the development of the…

  • France Voted Host of Best Sommelier of the World 2022 Contest

    Bienvenue en France! In an anonymous vote by the presidents of the member chapters of the ASI, France was selected to host the next Best Sommelier of the World Contest, to be held 8-13 May 2022. “It is a proud moment for our association,” said Philippe Faure-Brac, the president of UDSF – Union de la…

  • Surprised and relaxed

    Being an unexpected finalist may have become a positive factor in the German candidate’s victory, whose stress level was much reduced, as he explained after his win: “I was able to relax because I had already surpassed my goal. Everything that would happen beyond that was extra. My objective was to make it to the…

  • Change on the horizon

    For the new ASI Best Sommelier of the World, the 2019 contest is a sign of things to come. “In the last couple of years we have seen such a change in these competitions. There have been countries in the finals that had never been in the finals before. We’ve had so many people under…

  • Application ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019

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