Suvad Zlatic is Austria’s New National Sommelier Champion!
In 2014, Suvad Zlatic became Best Sommelier of Austria after a tough competition. On September 14th, the Tyrolean reclaimed the coveted title and will represent Austria at both the ASI Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa contest scheduled for November 2021 in Cyprus and the ASI Best Sommelier of the World contest in Paris, France in 2023.
Wikus Human is the Best Sommelier of South Africa
On September 15th, The South African Sommeliers Association announced Wikus Human as the Best Sommelier in South Africa, taking top honours competing against finalists Jean Vincent Ridon and Laurie Cooper.
Kirsi Seppänen is Finland’s Best Sommelier of 2021
On September 6th, Kirsi Seppänen from Tampere’s Restaurant Bertha won the Best Sommelier of Finland 2021 competition. In the final competition, Antero Niemiaho from Restaurant Vinnkel in Helsinki took second place and Juulia Eloranta from Restaurant C in Tampere came third.
Ukraine Crowns Maryna Revkova as its Best Sommelier of 2021
On September 5th, Ukraine crowned Maryna Revkova as its best sommelier. Revkova will be represent the Ukraine at the ASI Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa contest in Cyprus, this November.
Ellen Franzén Wins Nordic Sommelier Championship
The Nordic Sommelier Championship, 2021 Reykjavík, came to a grand conclusion on Sunday, September 26th after two days of intense competition. As is custom, two candidates from each of the Nordic countries, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden were tested on their knowledge, blind-tasting and practical skills in a variety of challenges. After the first round of competition on Saturday, six semi-finalists went on for another round on Sunday morning.
The three finalists Ellen Franzén (Sweden), Emma Ziemann (Sweden) and Sander Johnsson (Norway) were announced on Sunday afternoon and delivered show stopping performances on stage in front of a live audience. After all three finalists dazzled an excited audience with equal amounts of charisma, nerdiness and grace, it was Ellen Franzén of Sweden who emerged victorious. The Icelandic Sommelier Association congratulates Ellen and team Sweden for a great win as well as the rest of the candidates who represented their countries honourably.