World’s Best Sommelier Competitions
The Association de Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) supports a number of competitions throughout the year for sommeliers that belong to each of its 41-member countries. Most notably, Elyse Lambert, sommelier from restaurant Le Local in Montreal took first prize at the APAS & ASI Contest of the Best Sommelier of the Americas 2009 held on June 1st in the hotel Panamericano in Buenos Aires.
Mark your calendars because coming up in April 2010 will be the World’s Best Sommelier Competition taking place in Santiago, Chile. The winner of that contest will take home the impressive Moët & Chandon Silver Mathusalem trophy. Long a supporter of sommelier competitions and programs, Moët & Chandon will endorse the 13th edition of this event. The World’s Best Sommelier contest takes place only once every three years in one of the ASI’s 41-member countries. The upcoming 2010 competition will be even more significant because the ASI will be celebrating its 40th anniversary.
ASI, which was founded in France in June 1969 works to develop and promote the Sommelier profession worldwide through ongoing training programs and competitions.