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ASI Congratulates Serge Dubs – Recipient of the first annual ASI Gérard Basset Lifetime Achievement Award.

Paris, France. The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI, – is pleased to announce Mr. Serge Dubs as the recipient of the first annual ASI Gérard Basset Lifetime Achievement Award. Nina Basset, wife of Gérard Basset, says of Mr. Dubs “he is one of the most highly respected sommeliers within the ASI, worldwide community. He was…


William Wouters elected president of ASI, the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale 17 Nov 2020. William Wouters of Belgium has been elected the new president of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale. The vote was held as part of the organization’s annual General Assembly. Wouters is already a well-known figure within the organization, as an…

ASI welcomes five new Gold Partners

The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) is proud to announce five new Gold partners. Each is a bellwether in its respective market segment: AdVini, terroir wine evangelists with 2,243 ha in the heart of the most famous French wine regions Familia Torres, Spanish premium wine and brandy producer whose roots in the Penedès near…

France voted host country for the ASI Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World 2022

The votes are in and France has won! In an anonymous vote by the presidents of the member chapters of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (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…

ASI Contest of the Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa 2020

ASI Contest of the Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa 2020 to be held in Cyprus “1 Year to Go!” Limassol, Cyprus — Candidates from 3 African and 37 European countries will soon be squaring off in Cyprus for the title of “ASI Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa 2020.” The competition, to be held…

Arvid Rosengren elected director of the ASI Sommeliers Contest Commission

Reims, France — The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) held its General Assembly in Reims, France on 5 – 6 October 2019. A number of important motions were put to vote and all of them passed unanimously. These included the appointment of a new chair and new member to the Sommeliers Contests Commission, the admission…

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.…

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…

Ningxia: ASI’s Host and Partner in China

ASI is very proud to announce a new, two-year partnership with Ningxia’s Helan Mountain Eastern Slope wine region in China, one of China’s fastest growing and best-established high quality wine producing regions, which will be host to the 2020 ASI Annual Meeting. “We are impressed with the enthusiastic welcome and the significant support that the…

So long, Gérard

We had known it was bound to happen, even if we ignored it and hoped for a miracle. Still, it struck us as a thunderbolt. It is bizarre how you can see things coming for so long and still be shocked when they hit you – like a rabbit frozen in the headlights. Foreknowledge does…

Wataru Iwata is the Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania 2018

An audience of over 800 people saw the thrilling final live in Kyoto Wataru Iwata from Japan became the ASI Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania 2018, following a thrilling and hard-fought final that concluded three days of competition in Kyoto, Japan. Thanks to this victory, the 29 year-old native of Kyoto automatically qualifies for…

49th ASI General Assembly, Georgia 2018

Recap of the 49th ASI General Assembly in Georgia English Français Español

A successful General Assembly in Georgia

The 49th ASI General Assembly, held on June 18th, 2018 in Tbilisi, Georgia, was one of the best-attended sessions in recent years. 50 presidents of national associations were present, and the exchange of opinions and experiences between them and the ASI Board resulted in many positive decisions for the future of the association and the…

ASI & APAS contest of the best Sommelier of the Americas – Canada 2018

ASI & APAS Best Sommelier of the Americas, Canada 2018 contest was organized by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) and the Alianza Panamericana de Sommeliers (APAS) with the logistic support of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS/ACSP) from May 22nd to May 24th 2018. The contest was held in Montréal and 10…

Pier-Alexis Soulière is the Best Sommelier of the Americas

Mr. Pier-Alexis Souliere from Canada was crowned today the Best Sommelier of the Americas, after winning a dramatic final over Mr. Martin Bruno from Argentina, who came second, and Mr. Carl Villeneuve Lepage, also from Canada, who ended third. As best sommelier of the Americas, Mr. Pier-Alexis Soulière, has automatically qualified for the ASI Best Sommelier…

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