Paris, October 2, 2018 – In just two weeks, years of training, education and hard work are coming into play for the 24 candidates from 12 countries who will compete for the prestigious title of Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania 2018. The competition, hosted by the Japan Sommelier Association and taking place on October 15-18 in the beautiful city of Kyoto, is one of the highlights of the 2018 ASI international competition agenda, and will be followed closely by sommeliers from all over the world.
Apart from the candidates who will be flying in from Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand, the Kyoto contest will bring together many of the most recognized names in the sommelier profession. The ASI Sommelier Contest Committee and the ASI Technical Committee, which mainly consist of previous Best Sommelier of the World winners, have been working on the content of the competition for the past year. The level of the written and practical tests will be extremely high, and a number of the committee members will also be participating as judges.
The winner of the contest will automatically go on to the ASI Best Sommelier of the World competition, which will take place in Antwerp, Belgium in March 2019. The title of Best Sommelier of the World is the highest recognition a competing sommelier can achieve, and the title offers endless possibilities and opens countless doors for the winner.