Issue #20 – March 2020




by Andrés Rosberg

On behalf of not just myself, but also the entire ASI Board: I hope this edition of the newsletter reaches you in good health and strong spirits. March 2020 will almost certainly be remembered around the world as a time that put both to the test. In difficult times, there are few things for which to be more grateful than …

Santé, Andrés



Partnerships a Clear Win/Win for Both Sides

It’s important to have friends you can trust — whether you’re a person or a business. It’s no different for the ASI, which works closely with certain selected partners. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work in making these relationships move smoothly, so this month’s article explores not just the Whats, but also the Whys of the ASI’s Partner Program. Attending …
Collage Partners

First Gerard Basset Travel Scholarship Awarded

Lise Donier-Meroz, sommelier at England’s two-star L’Enclume restaurant, has been announced as winner of the inaugural Gérard Basset Travel Bursary. The award was established in honor of the legendary French/British sommelier, with guests at the Feb. 1 award ceremony at 67 Pall Mall invited to stand up and share their memories of Gérard. Judges Nina and Romané Basset, Ronan Sayburn …

Marc Almert awarded 2020 Michelin Sommelier of the Year

The Guide Michelin Switzerland event to honor new and existing starred restaurants in that country included a distinct ASI twist: Marc Almert, the ASI’s 2019 Best Sommelier of the World, will need some more room in his trophy case. As one of four special awards for remarkable achievement in the Swiss restaurant industry, Almert was declared the 2020 Michelin Sommelier …


Change of Guard in Dutch Guild of Sommeliers

The Dutch Guild of Sommeliers (NGS) has undertaken a radical change of management. Several long-standing members are stepping aside to let the younger generation spread its wings: Treasurer Peter Bruins, who helped found the NGS back in 1986; Chairman Edwin Raben, a member of the examination committee of the ASI; and René Persoon, who has long been in charge of …

Best Sommelier of Mauritius Crowned

De Lores Malin was crowned Best Sommelier of Mauritius 2019 in front of a full house in the magnificent Caudan Art Center in Port Louis. Malin prevailed against 2 other finalists at the August 2019 event: Shani Ramasawmy (runner up) and Jean Devaux (runner up in 2016 and 3rd place finisher this time). The contest is held every three years. …

Heidi Mäkinen MW New President of Finnish Sommelier Association

There is a change at the top of the Finnish Sommelier Association. Samuil Angelov, leader for the past six years, is handing over the presidency to Heidi Mäkinen MW. She is the fourth and the youngest (32 years) Master of Wine in Finland, a highly respected speaker and a popular judge in various international wine competitions. Angelov, who intends to …

Julie Dupouy-Young New President of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers

Julie Dupouy-Young, the third-place finisher at the 2016 Best Sommelier of the World contest, will succeed Oliver Murtagh as president of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers. The decision was taken at an IGS meeting on 10 March. “I am delighted to take on this new challenge!” writes Dupouy-Young, who claimed the title of Best Sommelier of Ireland in 2018.


Trapiche Prevails at Wine Enthusiast Star Awards 2019

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Trapiche has earned Wine Enthusiast’s “2019 New World Winery of the Year Award” at the magazine’s prestigious Wine Star Gala. For Gustavo Sampayo, CEO of Trapiche, the award marks an important milestone: “It is a great honor to achieve such an important recognition. We believe this is the result of the dedication, passion and hard work of our full Trapiche …

Perrin Joins ASI as Gold Partner

The Famille Perrin sees its partnership with the ASI as a perfect opportunity to share its common passion for the world of wine and gastronomy with the international sommelier. It is no coincidence Famille Perrin is the leading organic wine grower of the Southern Rhône Valley where they occupy the region’s best terroirs. Their values have given them a worldwide …

Torres Hailed as Social Visionaries

The Familia Torres and the Jackson Family were proud to receive the 2019 Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Award for Social Visionary of the Year” for their work with the “International Wineries for Climate Action.” The wineries co-founded the IWCA in 2019, reflecting their multigenerational vision rooted in environmental stewardship and responsible business practices. Through the organization they seek to share best …