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2010 World’s Best Sommelier to be Chosen in Chile!

afiche_enero2010Wines of Chile is proud to be a sponsor of the 13th “World’s Best Sommelier Competition,” which will be held in Chile for the first time on April 11-16, 2010.

This competition organized by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) will be hosted locally by the Chilean Association of Sommeliers and will receive candidates from 50 countries, all of whom already hold the Best Sommelier title from their respective countries.

Chile’s reigning candidate is Ricardo Grellet, seconded by Héctor Riquelme, who competed in the 12th version of the international competition in Rhodes, Greece, in 2007.

The rigorous 2-day competition will take place in Santiago and in Santa Cruz (in the Colchagua Valley). The contestants will be required to show extensive knowledge of wine, spirits, and other beverages, cigars, oils, food and wine pairing, and service skills to determine the top three candidates for the final competition. The three finalists will compete in a public final round and the winner announced at a gala dinner the same evening.

The ASI guests will also be treated to the finest of Chilean hospitality along with wine tastings, winery visits in the Colchagua and Maipo Valleys, which will be coordinated through Wines of Chile.

ASI was founded in France in 1969 to standardize and promote the profession of sommelier. The Chilean chapter, the Asociación de Sommeliers de Chile, was created in 2000 in accordance with ASI guidelines to promote good service in Chile. Wines of Chile was founded in 2002 to promote the quality and image of Chilean wine worldwide.

For more information and to register for activities, please see the 2010 ASI World’s Best Sommelier Competition web site


Comments: 3 Comments

  1. Guglielmo Rocchiccioli wrote,

    Me permitiria sugerir la lectura de mi libro para un acercamiento mas natural al mundo del vino.

    “…otras alternativas para degustar y combinar con comidas simples…”


  2. jim graham wrote,

    Where can I buy a copy of Guia de vinos de chile 2010. I will be visiting Chile to see one of my favorite winerys Concha y Toro. I am interested in researching a wine vacation and figured that this would be my best reference guide unless you have a better idea. I will be coming march to may of 2011. Thanks for your help and am looking forward to visiting your beautiful country.

  3. Editor wrote,

    Hi Jim, The Guia de Vinos is widely available here in Chile, so you will easily find the most recent edition once you get here. Also check out our latest venture “The Wines of Chile Experience” for planning your wine vacation in Chile! March is a perfect time for a wine visit because the wineries will be kicking into full swing–many even have “winemaker for a day” programs that let you participate in the Crush. See more at:

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