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The ASI Best Sommelier of the World contest concluded today in Antwerp, Belgium and the overall winner was announced. The winner is Marc Almert from Germany who competed against 66 candidates from 63 countries to win the title of Best Sommelier of the World 2019.
A fresh result in the top three placing, with none of the winners hailing from the traditional wine producing countries, with second place Nina Højgaard Jensen from Denmark and third place Raimonds Tomsons from Latvia.
1st Marc Almert, Germany
2nd Nina Højgaard Jensen, Denmark
3rd Raimonds Tomsons, Latvia
Contestants were put through a gruelling series of tastings designed to test their knowledge and craft gained over years of dedicated study.
The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI), which has a partnership with S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, and is the premier association of sommeliers in the world, stages the contest every three years to allow competition among the world and raise the standards in what is an extremely exacting and difficult profession.
The week included more than 10 master classes, to provide all candidates with more opportunities for learning, covering everything from ancient varieties and vintage tastings to technical master classes about viticulture and winemaking.
Over the course of the week, 5,900 bottles of wine were opened and poured into some 14,000 glasses. 600 people will attend the gala dinner tonight, and the final round of the competition was attended by 1,100 people.