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The 14th of the A.S.I. contest of the Best Sommelier of the World in Tokyo JAPAN

Mr. Shinya TasakiOn the 29th of March 2013 will be proclaimed the 14th laureate of the A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World.

This contest has a long tradition and is headed by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (A.S.I.) since 1969, the very year of the creation of the association. It is organized every three years in the aim of improving the quality of the sommellerie.

About 60 candidates, from all over the world duly selected and representing 55 member and observer countries, the Best Sommeliers of Europe, Americas and Asia-Oceania as well as those accepted in the framework of special invitation, will participate in this contest. The quarter-final will be held on the 27th, the semi-final on the 28th and the final with finalists on the 29th.

The final with very high level sommeliers will be open to the public. All the members of the A.S.I. join me to invite you to come and discover their prowess and we are looking forward to seeing you there.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Japan Sommelier Association which ensures the logistics of this event.

Shinya Tasaki
President of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale

Dear members of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale,

Mr. Masaharu OKAThe 14th A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World will take place, next March, in Japan. First of all I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the members of the national sommelier associations, particularly to their presidents for their support and cooperation.

Our Japanese Sommelier Association, founded in 1969, has more than 9.000 members nowadays. It has become a source of inspiration worldwide.

Mr. Shinya Tasaki's victory during the 8th A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World held in Tokyo in 1995 – the first non-European Best Sommelier of the World– clearly showed the high quality of Japanese sommeliers, later recognized all over the world and still improving.

Sommeliers from some 60 countries will participate in the next contest and the three finalists will fight for the first place in public at the Tokyo International Forum.

Apart from the contest, a tasting festival called: "TASTING FESTIVAL" will be held on the 28th and 29th of March, at the Tokyo International Forum. We will have the pleasure of tasting SAKE and grape wines from all over Japan, as well as wines from many other countries.

Furthermore, we have planned a visit to a winery in Yamanashi and a tour of Tokyo for the participants from overseas.

Do not miss this opportunity to go to Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, and to enjoy all these events in the good company of your fellow members from all over the world. We count on your presence.

Masaharu OKA
President of the Japan Sommelier Association

14th A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World, Tokyo – Japan
26th -30th March 2013

26th March

Evening Welcome Dinner
Accommodation Grand Prince Hotel Shin-Takanawa, Tokyo

27th March

AM Visiting : Tomi-no-oka Winery Quarter-final of the 14th A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World
PM Tasting : different beverages and spirits of Yamanashi region
Evening Dinner @ Palace Hotel
Accommodation Grand Prince Hotel Shin-Takanawa, Tokyo


AM & PM Sightseeing in Tokyo City Semi-final of the 14th A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World
Evening SAKURA Dinner @ Happo-en, Tokyo
Accommodation Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

29th March

AM Free
14:00 - 18:00 14th A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World FINAL @ Tokyo International Forum
Evening Gala Dinner @ Imperial Hotel
Accommodation Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

30th March


MS continentaux / Continental MS

Australie/AustraliaAustralie/Australia Mr.Franck Moreau
Mr. Franck Moreau Meilleur Sommelier d'Asie-Océanie 2012
Working Place : Merivale - Sydney
Association : Sommeliers Australia
Canada/CanadaCanada/Canada Ms.Véronique Rivest
Ms. Véronique Rivest Meilleur Sommelier des Amériques 2012
Working Place : Restaurant Les Fougères – Chelsea - Québec
Association : Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers
Confédération Helvétique/SwitzerlandConfédération Helvétique/Switzerland Mr.Paolo Basso
Mr. Paolo Basso Meilleur Sommelier d'Europe 2010
Working Place : Conca Balla Restaurant – Vacallo
Association : Association Suisse des Sommeliers Professionnels

Candidats A.S.I. / A.S.I. candidates

Albanie/AlbaniaAlbanie/Albania Mr.Ilir Lagji
Mr. Ilir Lagji Working Place : Restaurant Nichter** - Île de Santorin
Association : Albanian Sommelier Association
Allemagne/GermanyAllemagne/Germany Mr.Thomas Sommer
Mr. Thomas Sommer Working Place : Schlosshotel Lerbach Relais & Châteaux - Bergisch Gladbach
Association : Sommelier Union Deutschland E.V.
Argentine/ArgentinaArgentine/Argentina Ms.María Paz Levinson Huarte
Ms. María Paz Levinson Huarte Working Place : Colagreco Restaurant – Shanghai
Association : Asociación Argentina de Sommeliers
Australie/AustraliaAustralie/Australia Mr.Mark Protheroe
Mr. Mark Protheroe Working Place : Grossi Group – Melbourne – Victoria
Association : Sommeliers Australia
Autriche/AustriaAutriche/Austria Mr.Alexander Koblinger
Mr. Alexander Koblinger Working Place : Restaurant Hotel Obauer - Werfen
Association : Austrian Sommelier Union
Belgique/BelgiumBelgique/Belgium Mr.Aristide Spies
Mr. Aristide Spies Working Place : Château du Pont d'Oye - 6720 Habay
Association : Guilde des Sommeliers de Belgique
Brésil/BrazilBrésil/Brazil Mr.Diego Arrebola
Mr. Diego Arrebola Working Place : Gallo Nero Restaurant - Campinas - São Paulo
Association : Associação Brasileira de Sommeliers
Bulgarie/BulgariaBulgarie/Bulgaria Mr.Plamen Borislavov Dimitrov
Mr. Plamen Borislavov Dimitrov Working Place : Restaurant Chepishev – Catering CD Cat - Sofia
Association : Bulgarian Association of Sommeliers
Canada/CanadaCanada/Canada Mr.William Predhomme
Mr. William Predhomme Working Place : Canoe Restaurant – Toronto
Association : Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers
Chili/ChileChili/Chile Mr.Marcelo Pino
Mr. Marcelo Pino Working Place : Casa Silva Winery - Colchagua Valley
Association : Asociación Nacional de Sommeliers de Chile
Chine/ChinaChine/China Mr.Terence Wong Ka Lun
Mr. Terence Wong Ka Lun Working Place : L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon – Hong Kong
Association : Hong Kong Sommelier Association
Chypre/CyprusChypre/Cyprus Mr.Vasos Manoli
Mr. Vasos Manoli Working Place : Risto La Piazza – Paphos
Association : Cyprus Sommeliers Association
Confédération Helvétique/SwitzerlandConfédération Helvétique/Switzerland Mr.Fabio Miccoli
Mr. Fabio Miccoli Working Place : Cibovinum Import - 1217 Meyrin-Genève
Association : Association Suisse des Sommeliers Professionnels
Corée/KoreaCorée/Korea Mr.Yong-Moon Lee
Mr. Yong-Moon Lee Working Place : Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire - Lotte Hotel - Séoul –Corée du sud
Association : Korea International Sommelier Association
Croatie/CroatiaCroatie/Croatia Mr.Klaudio Jurčić
Mr. Klaudio Jurčić Working Place : Restaurant Balthazar – Zagreb
Association : Hrvatski Sommelier Club
Danemark/DenmarkDanemark/Denmark Mr.Thorsholt Jacobsen
Mr. Thorsholt Jacobsen Working Place : Modern American Steak House – Londres
Association : Dansk Sommelier Forening Christian
Espagne/SpainEspagne/Spain Mr.Raul Igual Ibañès
Mr. Raul Igual Ibañès Working Place : Restaurant Yain – Teruel
Association : Unión de Asociaciones Españoles de Sumilleres
Estonie/EstoniaEstonie/Estonia Mr.Kristjan Peäske
Mr. Kristjan Peäske Working Place : Leib Resto ja Aed – Tallinn
Association : Estonian Sommelier Association
Finlande/FinlandFinlande/Finland Mr.Angelov Olavi Samuil
Mr. Angelov Olavi Samuil Working Place : Ravintola Muru – Helsinki
Association : Sommelier Viinirnestarit
France/FranceFrance/France Mr.David Biraud
Mr. David Biraud Working Place : Restaurant Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx - Mandarin Oriental – Paris
Association : Union De la Sommellerie Française
Grèce/GreeceGrèce/Greece Mr.Nikolas Giannopoulos
Mr. Nikolas Giannopoulos Working Place : Restaurants Matsuhisa Athens & Mykonos
Association : Union de la Sommellerie Grecque
Indonésie/IndonesiaIndonésie/Indonesia Mr.Suyanto
Mr. Suyanto Working Place : Four Seasons Hotel – Jakarta
Association : Indonesia Sommelier Association
Irlande/IrelandIrlande/Ireland Ms.Julie Dupouy
Ms. Julie Dupouy Working Place : Fallon and Byrne Wine Bar and Restaurant - Dublin
Association : The Irish Guild of Sommeliers
Islande/IcelandIslande/Iceland Ms.Alba E. H. Hough
Ms. Alba E. H. Hough Working Place : Icelandair Hotel Retkjavík Marina
Association : Samtöc Íslenskra Vínƥjóna
Italie/ItalyItalie/Italy Mr.Fabio Masi
Mr. Fabio Masi Working Place : Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues - Genève
Association : Associazione della Sommellerie Professionale Italiana
Japon/JapanJapon/Japan Mr.Satoru Mori
Mr. Satoru Mori Working Place : La Tour d'Argent - Tokyo
Association : Japan Sommelier Association
Lettonie/LatviaLettonie/Latvia Mr.Jānis Kaļķis
Mr. Jānis Kaļķis Working Place : Hotel Jurmala Spa - Jurmala
Association : Latvian Sommelier Association
Lituanie/LithuaniaLituanie/Lithuania Mr.Narimantas Miežys
Mr. Narimantas Miežys Working Place : Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square - Vilnius
Association : Lithuanian Sommelier Association
Luxembourg/LuxembourgLuxembourg/Luxembourg Mr.Rodolphe Chevalier
Mr. Rodolphe Chevalier Working Place : Bar à vin Vinoteca - Luxembourg
Association : Association Luxembourgeoise des Sommeliers
Malaisie/MalaysiaMalaisie/Malaysia Mr.Rajeshwaran Raja Gopal
Mr. Rajeshwaran Raja Gopal Working Place : Bistro Moderne by Daniel Boulud - Marina Bay Sands - Singapore
Association : Sommelier Association of Malaysia
Mexique/MexicoMexique/Mexico Mr.Omar Barbosa Hernández
Mr. Omar Barbosa Hernández Working Place : Gemaric Group
Association : Asociación de Sommeliers Mexicanos A.C
Monaco/MonacoMonaco/Monaco Mr.Dominique Milardi
Mr. Dominique Milardi Working Place : Hôtel Le Méridien Beach Plaza - Monte Carlo
Association : Association Monégasque des Sommeliers
Norvège/NorwayNorvège/Norway Mr.Francesco Azzarone
Mr. Francesco Azzarone Working Place : De Fem Stuer - Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica - Oslo
Association : Norske Vinkelnerforning
Pays-Bas/NetherlandsPays-Bas/Netherlands Mr.Jan-Willem Van der Hek
Mr. Jan-Willem Van der Hek Working Place : Flex4Wine - Alkmaar
Association : Nederlands Gilde van Sommeliers
Pologne/PolandPologne/Poland Mr.Tomasz Kolecki-Majewicz
Mr. Tomasz Kolecki-Majewicz Working Place :
Association : Polish Sommelier Association
Portugal/PortugalPortugal/Portugal Mr.Bruno Antunes
Mr. Bruno Antunes Working Place : Wine Man - Lisbonne
Association : Associação dos Escanções de Portugal
République Slovaque/Slovak RepublicRépublique Slovaque/Slovak Republic Mr.Matej Lacko
Mr. Matej Lacko Working Place : Bedales Wine Bar - Londres
Association : The Association of Sommeliers of the Slovak Republic
République Tchèque/Czech RepublicRépublique Tchèque/Czech Republic Mr.Ivo Dvořák
Mr. Ivo Dvořák Working Place : WineManShow
Association : Asociace sommelieru Ceska republika
Roumanie/RomaniaRoumanie/Romania Ms.Julia Scavo
Ms. Julia Scavo Working Place : Restaurant L'Âne Rouge – Nice
Association : Asociatia Somelierilor din Romania
Royaume-Uni/United KingdomRoyaume-Uni/United Kingdom Mr.Eric Zwiebel
Mr. Eric Zwiebel Working Place : Summer Lodge Hotel – Evershot
Association : The Academy of Food and Wine Service
Russie/RussiaRussie/Russia Mr.Nikolai Utebekov
Mr. Nikolai Utebekov Working Place : Simple Ltd - Saint-Pétersbourg
Association : Russian Association of Sommeliers
Serbie/SerbiaSerbie/Serbia Mr.Serge Janjić
Mr. Serge Janjić Working Place : Heirloom Wine Group – Toronto
Association : Serbian Sommelier Association
Singapour/SingaporeSingapour/Singapore Mr.Alvin Gho Weijie
Mr. Alvin Gho Weijie Working Place : The Peninsula - Shanghai
Association : Sommelier Association of Singapore
Slovénie/SloveniaSlovénie/Slovenia Mr.Gašper Čarman
Mr. Gašper Čarman Working Place : eVino d.o.o. , Lubiana
Association : Sommelier Slovenije
Suède/SwedenSuède/Sweden Mr.Jon Arvid Rosengren
Mr. Jon Arvid Rosengren Working Place : Restaurant Umami - Copenhague
Association : Svenska Sommelierforeningen
Taiwan/TaiwanTaiwan/Taiwan Mr.Hsin-Wei Thomas Ho
Mr. Hsin-Wei Thomas Ho Working Place : Le Moût Restaurant – Taichung
Association : Taiwan Sommelier Association
Turquie/TurkeyTurquie/Turkey Mr.Isa Bal
Mr. Isa Bal Working Place : The Fat Duck – Bray – Royaume-Uni
Association : Turkish Sommelier Association
Ukraine/UkraineUkraine/Ukraine Mr.Oleksii Gizhko
Mr. Oleksii Gizhko Working Place : InterContinental Hotel - Kiev
Association : Association of Sommeliers of Ukraine
Uruguay/UruguayUruguay/Uruguay Mr.Federico Andrés de Moura Fonseca
Mr. Federico Andrés de Moura Fonseca Working Place : Oporto Wines - Montevideo
Association : Asociación Uruguaya de Sommeliers Profesionales
Vénézuela/VenezuelaVénézuela/Venezuela Ms.Nancy Yolanda González Castillo
Ms. Nancy Yolanda González Castillo Working Place : Restaurant Entretablas – El Tigre
Association : Asociación Venezolana de Sommeliers

Candidates invites/Cuest candidates

Colombie/ColombiaColombie/Colombia Mr.Belisario Carvajal Flórez
Mr. Belisario Carvajal Flórez Working Place : Empresa Takami S.A. – Bogota
Association : Asociación Sommelier de Colombia
Pérou/PeruPérou/Peru Mr.José Miguel Burga Hidalgo
Mr. José Miguel Burga Hidalgo Working Place : Central Restaurante - Lima
Association : Asociación Peruana de Sommeliers
Thaïlande/ThailandThaïlande/Thailand Mr.Chalong Songkroh
Mr. Chalong Songkroh Working Place : Sea.Fire.Salt Restaurant, Anantara Phuket Thailand Villas
Association : Thailand Sommelier Association
USA/USAUSA/USA Mr.Alexander LaPratt
Mr. Alexander LaPratt Working Place : Jean-George's - New York
Association : Association en cours de création
Viêt Nam/VietnamViêt Nam/Vietnam Mr.Tuan Minh Ho
Mr. Tuan Minh Ho Working Place : Associazione della Sommellerie Professionale Italiana
Association : Association of Sommelier of Vietnam
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