Chilean Sommelier reaches 24th position in Best Sommelier of the World competition

Chilean Sommelier Marcelo Pino finished in the top 25 at the Concours Meullieur Sommelier du Monde

Reaching the Best Sommelier of the World competition is a tough task in itself. You have to be announced the national champion first, and then you compete head to head with the best Sommelier from 58 countries around the world. Chilean Sommelier Marcelo Pino, Chile's Best Sommelier, represented the country as he went to the global competition in Mendoza last week, and came 24th overall.

"The truth is it is always a great experience to participate in a competition of this level," said Marcelo. "It is a unique experience and I feel tremendously privileged to be the one to represent Chile."

Marcelo arrived for the competition a few hours before the opening gala on Friday, ready to compete Saturday morning in the theory, service and blind tasting test.

"The candidates don’t know anything about the competition format or questions,” explains Ricardo Grellet, a Chilean sommelier (and former Best Sommelier of Chile) who was on the Technical Committee for the competition in Mendoza. “All they know is that there is a written theory, service and tasting part, they don’t know in what order or when to expect the different tests over the four days.”

Marcelo joined candidates from 58 countries around the world in the competition, a total of 61 sommeliers. After Saturday's test, 15 candidates moved up to the semi-final, after which 3 participated in the final. Swedish sommelier Arvid Rosengren took home the title of Best Sommelier of the World during the final.

"It was a very difficult competition in terms of theoretical and practical knowledge," he said, "which clearly marked a difference between the semi-finalists and the rest of the candidates."

Wines of Chile Director Claudio Cilveti congratulated Marcelo on his great achievement: "We are very proud of Marcelo for reaching 24th best sommelier in the world. He is a hard working and dedicated sommelier, who is not only a great global sommelier - but one of the finest ambassadors for Chilean wine too."

Marcelo ranked 24th in the world, and is currently second top sommelier in Latin America. Congratulations Marcelo and salud!

By Amanda Barnes