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Elyse Lambert, Canada, Best Sommelier of the Americas 2009

A young Canadian sommelier from restaurant Le Local in Montreal won the APAS & ASI Contest of the Best Sommelier of the Americas 2009 in front of an audience of wine lovers in the hotel Panamericano in Buenos Aires. Second was her compatriot Véronique Rivest, third, the Brasilean Guilherme Corrêa.

For the Argentinian Sommeliers Association and his president Andrés Rosberg it was a real challenge to organize for the first time on the American continent this international ASI, Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, and APAS, Alianza Pan Americana de Sommeliers, contest , inviting many countries to select and send their best sommeliers (maximum two) to Buenos Aires. A great success indeed.

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The semi-final including written and practical tests allowed, on Sunday May 31st, select three finalists among the fifteen candidates representing eight countries :

Agustina de Alba and Marcelo Rebolé, Argentina, Guilherme Corrêa and Tiago Locatelli, Brazil, Elyse Lambert and Véronique Rivest, Canada, Ricardo Grellet Almerighi and Hector Riquelme, Chile, Juan Carlos Flores Mazon and Marcos Flores Tlalpan for Mexico, Juan Pablo Figueroa Crisologo and Victor Kompanichenko for Peru, Fernando Beteta, USA, Malvy Medina Castillo and Marilis Susana Sanchez Orro for Venezuela.

In the huge Panamericano room, some five hundred persons, including Argentinian and foreign journalists, attended the great final. The title of Best Sommelier of the Americas 2009 would be won by Brazil or Canada on June 1st. The candidates had to face practical and oral tests against the clock and in a foreign language : serving a sparkling wine, taking an order advising the best pairing of food and wines, decanting and serving a red wine, tasting blind three wines and identifying five spirits, and then correcting errors on a wine list.

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