Fantastic garden party on September 27th under the palm trees of Villa Nobel where the great scientist Alfred Nobel lived a few years and wrote in his will the concept of the famous Nobel Prize.
For the first time ever, EMOZIONI, a Prize created by ASPI and A.S.I. and supported by Moët & Chandon, went to a sommelier and a journalist who both promoted the sommellerie.
Giuseppe Vaccarini, the president of ASPI had gathered for the jury prestigious Italian personalities of communication, culture and arts such as Nichi Stefi, RAI Producer, Marco Bolasco, Slow Food editor and Michele Lenoci, Headmaster of the Faculty of Science of the Formation of Milano. Shinya Tasaki, president of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, co-presided the panel of judges with Giuseppe Vaccarini.
Out of several files sent from a great number of national associations of different countries worldwide, three candidates were nominated in each category.
Guy Bonnefoit from Germany
Paul Brunet from France
Djurdja Katic from Serbia
Nenan Basaric, from Serbia
Philippe Faure Brac from France
Andrew O’Gorman from Ireland
The winners of the Prize EMOZIONI : Paul Brunet and Andrew O’Gorman received a diploma, an original statue from the Maestro Enrico Muscetra and a Jeroboam of Moët & Chandon, the sponsor of the Prize.
photo : Jean Bernard
More emotions when, during the evening, Shinya Tasaki was presented a special award –a rose statue from Muscetra- by ASPI in recognition of his support and help to sommellerie, and specially for the realization of the Contest of the Best Sommelier of Europe in Italy.
And also a surprise : a SanPellegrino/Acqua Panna Award for the Best Young Competitor, Markku Niemi from Finland !
photo : Jean Bernard
A buffet with Italian products of Excellence was offered, and Birra Moretti and Champagne Moët & Chandon were enjoyed in glasses from Chef & Sommelier, Arc International being an international partner of A.S.I.
Of course everyone was thinking of the contest… Specially when Serge Dubs, the technical Director, announced the names of the 10 semi-finalists :
Aristide Spies, Belgium
Christian Jacobsen, Denmark
David Biraud, France
Julie Dupouy, Ireland
Matteo Ghiringhello, Italy
Rodolphe Chevalier, Luxembourg
Francesco Azzarone, Norway
Julia Scavo, Romania
Arvid Rosengren, Sweden
Eric Zwiebel, United Kingdom
The three finalists will be announced on Sunday 29th, on the stage of the Teatrino, Casino di Sanremo, just before the tests of the Final.