Update: Congratulations to Paolo Basso, crowned new World Best Sommelier 2013 in Tokyo.
Arrived from around the world in Tokyo Tuesday, Candidates from 54 countries will compete over three days to win the title of world’s best sommelier at a competition organised by the ASI (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) and whose winner of the Sommelier Competition will be determined on Friday at the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa in Tokyo.
Vasos Manoli, Candidate for Cyprus, expressed to AFP (Agence France Press), that the event above all, could be interpreted as a celebration – whereby one of the virtues of wine ‘has by nature the has the capacity of reconciling people’.
“It’s been six months since I stopped my work to prepare myself fully in this competition” did he admit to the microphones of the AFP. He will be competing with world’s best at a competition that is held every 3 years and where current world champion sommelier, Gerard Basset will also be at hand for the judging.
Update: 27/3 Vasos Manolis had passed to the quarter finals. Photo Credit: Cyprus Sommelier Association
Update: 29/3 Top 3 Sommeliers competing in the Final in Tokyo are Canadian Veronique Rivest, Swiss Paulo Basso & Belgian Aristide Spies
World Best Sommelier Final Wines Tasted
Spirits: Kirsch Massenez (France); Vana Tallinn Liqueur (Estonia); Xaica Liqueur Ibiscus (Mexico); Picon Amer France; Commandaria 2004 (Kyperounda) Cyprus; Liqueur de Tomate (la Tomato) Japan;
Wines: Albert Moreau Aigrots 2005 Premier Cru Beaune (France ; Yarden Pinot Noir Galilée (Israel); Juan Gil 2010 Monastrell Jumilla (Spain); Sula 2011 (India)
The new World’s Best Sommelier Paolo Basso – Crowned in Tokyo Japan today