Women to be honoured
HEight women Sommeliers on fifty one candidates were present in Chile and four of them, Iulia Gosea (Rumania), Véronique Rivest (Canada), Merete Bo (Norway), Elyse Lambert (Best Sommelier of Americas - Canada), reached the semi-final. But they have not just been excellent, creating the hope that, very soon, one of her will attain the heights of the profession, they also swiped the Honourable Mentions! The Acqua Panna - San Pellegrino Prize went to Iulia Gosea and the Peter Lehmann Prize to Véronique Rivest.
Véronique Rivest reçoit le Prix Peter Lehmann
par M. Vergara et Astrom.
A check to help Chile
If the Association of the Chilean Sommeliers, with «Wines of Chile», was anxious to bring the organization of this 13th Contest to a successful conclusion, the earthquake which struck the country marked deeply the hearts as well as the vineyards. The associations member of the ASI thus decided to show their support for this country with a strong gesture and Philippe Faure-Brac, treasurer, handed a $21,000 check over to Hector Vergara, President of the ASC, during the closing gala dinner of the competition.
Philippe Faure-Brac, trésorier de l’ASI,
remet un chèque de soutien à Hector Vergara, Président de l’ASC.
Next meeting in Strasbourg
The next big competition of the Association of Sommellerie Internationale will take place in Strasbourg, from November 20th till 23rd of this year. We shall know then the name of the new Best Sommelier of Europe, at the end of this meeting set on the edges of the Rhine by the Union of French Sommellerie and the Interprofessional Committee of Wines of Alsace, whose President, Jean-Nicolas Schaeffer, was present in Chile to deliver the details of the program.
The new Best Sommelier of Asia and Oceania will be crowned in South Korea in 2012, when the 14th World Competition will be organized the following year in Japan.
Le podium : Gérard Basset, entouré
de Paolo Basso et David Biraud.