Press release

Countdown to the ASI & APAS Contest of the Best Sommelier of the Americas 2018: one week to go  

Sommellerie core values take the stage in Montreal

Montréal, Canada May 15 – Andrés Rosberg, the President of ASI (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) said the ASI & APAS Contest of the Best Sommeliers of the Americas is among the most significant events organized by the organization. He stressed that international sommelier competitions promote “the most important values of our profession: excellence, commitment to service, humility and hard work.”
The ASI & APAS Contest of the Best Sommeliers of the Americas will start next week in Montreal with 22 participants from eleven countries, special guests and several personalities from the world sommelier elite. The most important Canadian wine organizations will be hosting seminars and meals along the week. Wines from Argentina and France are also part of the tasting and seminars schedule.

The event is part of the ASI continental sommelier competitions. According to Rosberg “national, continental or world sommelier competitions are at the very core of ASI”. “They are part of the DNA of this fifty-year-old organization, and this makes us very proud”, he added.

Rosberg explained that “these events are also the time to connect with other actors of this profession and to learn how the role of the sommelier is growing and developing more and more influence both regionally and globally.”

The President of ASI added that “this time in Canada, people can expect to see many of the best sommeliers of the Americas at their best.” “We will have a fantastic group of 22 young sommeliers from 11 countries, a new generation of leaders that are the best example of how sommellerie is becoming stronger and stronger in the Americas.”

During the week of the contest the delegates, guests and press are invited to take part in many exciting seminars and tastings.

Tuesday, May 22nd
13:00-14:30 – Diversity of France by Charton Hobbs (lunch)
14:30-16:00 – Wines of Argentina
16:30-18:00 – Benjamin Bridge, one of the leading sparkling producers of Canada.
19:00 – Wines of Ontario Seminar and dinner hosted by Wine Country Ontario

Wednesday, May 23rd  
13:00-15:30 – Visit to Cider Country – Pomme Cachée
17:30-19:30 – Mission Hill Family Estate Seminar
19:30 – The British Columbia Wine Institute will host a seminar and dinner.

Thursday, May 24th  
10:00-11:30 – Wines of the Rhône conducted by Inter-Rhône
12:0014:00 – Galleon Tasting (lunch)

For a full description of the week’s events and program: www.bestsomm.ca

Here is the complete list of competitors:

Argentina: Mr. Bruno Martin and Ms. Valeria Gamper
Brazil: Mr. Diego Arrebola and Mr. Paulo Limarque
Canada: Mr. Carl Villeneuve Lepage and Mr. Pier Alexis Soulier
Chile: Mr. Gonzalo Troncoso and Ms. Misato Inaoka
Colombia: Mr. Andres Villegas Green and Mr. Juan David Quintero
Dominican Republic: Mr. Dario Rosario Mejía and Mr. Federico Díaz Macias
Mexico: Mr. Luis Antonio Morones López and Mr. Steve Ayón Espitia
Paraguay: Mr. Simon Zalimben and Mr. Christian Mezger
Peru: Mr. Gerardo Joseph Ruiz Acosta and Mr. Diego Vásquez Luque
Uruguay: Mr. Federico De Moura and Mr. Pablo Rodriguez
Venezuela: Mr. Gustavo Garcia and Mr. Nesthor Mercado

Make sure to follow the contest through ASI social media and feel free to tag ASI through your channels.

Facebook: @AssociationSommellerieInternationale
Instagram: @Sommellerie_ASI
Twitter: @Sommellerie_ASI

Please also use the following #-tags for all posts:
#ASIBestSomm
#ASIAmericas2018
#ASISomms

For questions concerning press matters please contact Liora Levi
For all other questions please contact Michèle Aström Chantôme

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