ALBANIE

ORGANIZATA  SHQIPTARE E SOMMELIERISE ALBANIAN SOMMELIERS ASSOCIATION

Rruga“Qemal STAFA“ 47,
Tirane – ALBANIA
Tel. +355 (0)4242275
Fax. +355 (0)69 3113031
dashamir.elezi@sommelier.al
www.sommelier.al

Année de fondation: 2005
Année d'adhésion à l'A.S.I.: 2009

ALBANIAN SOMMELIER CONTEST – BEST SOMMELIER 2017

2017/12/18

In November 8 and 9, 2017 at Hotel Mondial, Tirana was held championship “Albanian Best Sommelier 2017”.

In this contest participated nine Albanian sommeliers: Ersol Caco, Irdi Lushi, Aldiola Lama, Myzafer Provinaj, Bujar Kurti, Saimir Ndreka, Evis Isufaj, Gevin Gjoka, Evald Domi. All participants demonstrated professional skills not only in tasting and describing wine, but also in tasting of beer and coffee. Surprise for semifinal was also tasting of Albanian wine, Kallmet Prestige 2015. The winner for the best description of this wine was Mr.Ersol Caco.

The next day was very important because we announced the finalists of competition. Our Jury was formed by worldwide known professionals of enogastonomy: Prof. Celeste Di Lizio – head of Jury; Prof. Somm. Rudy Rinaldi; Prof. Somm. Peer F.Holm; Prof. Somm. Dashamir Elezi; other members: somm. Dritan Beqiri; Somm. Silvana Hyseni and enologo. Ernest Melani.

The Jury decided that our finalists were: Mr. Irdi Lushi, Mr. Bujar Tukuli and Mr. Ersol Caco.

The final competition was held in public after a random choice for the beginning of competition.

After evaluation of the tasting developed by all competitors, the jury decided that the first place and the winner of the competition "Best Albanian Sommelier 2017" would be Mr. Bujar Tukuli, second place for Mr. Irdi Lushi and third place for Mr. Ersol Caco.

Ersol Caco was also the best wine taster of Kallmet Prestigj 2015, a price given by the producer of Kallmeti Winery in Lezha.

After the competition, the Technical Jury met for an open tasting of various Albanian wines offered by the Class Wine store.

The wines of the reciprocal wineries were highly praised: winery Bardha - Sheshi I Zi and Mavrud 2014; Winery Kallmet -KallmetPrestige 2012, Prestigj 2015; Winery Belba - Kavalion 2012; Winery Caco- Chardonnay 2016; Winery Menea- Merlot 2010; Winery Nurellari - Puls I Bardhe 2016; Winery Herta-Trebbiano 2016; Winery Balaj - Caberlot 2014.

The Albanian Sommelier Association thanks all its members who have contributed positively to the development of activities for the benefit of the enogastronomy field and our nation. We thank the supporters of the Albanian sommelier association: Winery Kallmet, Winery Caco, Winery Belba, Winery Balaj, Winery Korca2000 Menea, Class Wine store, SEA Albania shpk, Heritage enoteca, Alehandro distribution group, PortAlbania, who are permanent supporters of ASA.

Also a special thanks go to Hotel Mondial, Piazza Restaurant in Tirana and Eurosig-Insig group who are supporters of the eonogastronomic field for the quality of social life in the country.

Year 2017 can be called a very successful year of Albanian Sommelier Association and we wish all OSHS members and sympathizers a happy, quality and prosperous new year.

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