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A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa 2017
12 Semifinalists in Vienna
The first stage of the 2017 A.S.I. (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) Contest of the Best Sommelier of Europe taking place in Vienna, Austria, came to and end on Tuesday May 9th in the evening with the announcement of the twelve candidates selected after the quarter final through several written and practical tests.
37 sommeliers from 34 European countries and 3 from the Africa area had come to Austria with one objective : to win the title as Arvid Rosengren did in Sanremo, Italy, in 2013.
The 12 candidates selected for the semifinal are :
- Christian Jacobsen (Danemark/Denmark),
- David Biraud (France),
- Terry Kandylis (Grèce/Greece),
- Julie Dupouy (Irlande/Ireland),
- Raimonds Tomson (Lettonie/Latvia),
- Piotr Pietras (Pologne/Poland),
- Julia Scavo (Roumanie/Romania),
- Aleksandr Rassadkin (Russie/Russia),
- Jakub Pribyl (République Tchèque/Czech Republic),
- Eric Zwiebel (Royaume-Uni/United Kingdom),
- Robert Andersson (Suède/Sweden),
- Fabio Masi (Suisse/Switzerland).
David Biraud (France), Raimonds Tomsons (Latvia), Piotr Pietras (Poland) and Julia Scavo (Romania)
Raimonds Tomsons (Latvia)
Programme highlights during week of the competition – Austria
OPENING CEREMONY AND WELCOME DINNER AT ORANGERIE SCHÖNBRUNN: Monday, 8th May
Opening ceremony: solemn procession of the delegations with their flag, presented and accompanied by an Austrian winemaker. Opening dinner hosted by the Austrian Wine Marketing Board.
Tuesday, May 9th
Start of the Contest in the Parkhotel Schönbrunn for the candidates and jury only
WINE TOUR: “A DAY ON THE RIVER”: From Vienna to Spitz: boat trip from Melk to Krems with wine-tasting and campus with the winemakers on board.Lunch at Stift Göttweig. Campus in Kamptal and Kremstal: panel tastings with the winemakers.
Wednesday, May 10th
WINE TOUR: “A DAY AT THE CASTLE”.Tour to Schloss Esterhazy. Start of the public semi-finals of the “Europe’s Best Sommelier” Contest. Tasting and campus with the winemakers town.Free evening: discover Vienna’s „hot spots“
Thursday, May 11th
“A DAY IN THE CITY”.Private tour of Schloss Schönbrunn.Trip to the vineyards of Vienna, tasting and campus with the winemakers. Return to the hotel via the places of interest of the city of Vienna. Start of the finale in the Parkhotel Royal.Dinner cooked by four Jeunes Restaurateurs in Parkhotel Schönbrunn.
Friday, May 12th
Campus with the winemakers. St. Martins Theme: Beach party, chill out, meet and greet all winemakers
Julie Dupouy, Council Menber &
Best Sommelier in Ireland since 2009 (Irish Guild of Sommeliers)
3rd Best Sommelier in the World 2016 (ASI)
The Wine Tasting will occur at the Adam & Deirdre Suite in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, on the 25th of May. It’s an experience called, in Portuguese, “Prova Comentada” and it means the guests are sitting while having the wine tasting and listening to the explanations of our dear guest, the author and most known wine critic in Portugal, Mr. João Paulo Martins. The tasting will feature wines from all the different regions and he will explain all those different wines. It is an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with some of the best wines from Portugal’s diverse regions.
Ricardo Monteiro , Embassy of Portugal
Embassy of Portugal
70 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4
Report of Veuve Clicquot Champagne Tasting. 28, March2017.
Last Tuesday Julie Dupouy,IGS,hosted an in depth Masterclass and tasting of Veuve Clicquot champagnes for members of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers in Ely Wine Bar. It was an excellent presentation. Julie’s love of the champagne region was very evident to all present as she shared her encyclopedic knowledge and current information regarding the region in her usual charming and erudite manner. Julie then provided a tutored tasting of the following champagnes;
- Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label NV
- Veuve Clicquot Rose NV
- Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2008
- Veuve Clicquot Rose Vintage2008
- Veuve Clicquot Rich Vintage 2008
- Veuve Clicquot 1/2sec NV
All champagnes were fine examples of the Veuve Clicquot house. The 2008 vintages were outstanding. The event was a special opportunity for those present to taste excellent champagnes under Julie’s expert guidance.
I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to Edward Dillon & Co. Ltd. for supplying the Guild with such an outstanding selection of champagnes.
The Guild is very appreciative of Julie’s commitment to our tasting programme especially now that she is preparing for the European Championship. We wish her every success in the competition in Vienna, next May.
Mary O’Callaghan,President,Irish Guild of Sommeliers.
The next council meetings will be held on 23rd May & 7th June, 11am
at The Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin 1
The Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Ireland in association with Wines of Argentina invite you to celebrate Malbec World Day on April 17th by attending a Trade Tasting of Argentine Wine TWO DAYS LATER on Wed 19th April, 2017
Venue: Hilton Dublin Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2.
Time: 12:00 noon – 18:00 (Trade & Press only)
Mobile: (086) 816 8468
Cassidy Wines 40th Anniversary Portfolio Tasting Monday, 27th March 2017 In the Round Room, at the Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2 12.30pm – 5.00pm The tasting will feature wineries from across our portfolio, and will also include Craft Beers and Spirits from the Cassidy Craft Collection. RSVP Amanda Cardiff Tel: (01) 4668900 Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oliver Murtagh, council member was a judge at the competitions held at CATEX, RDS 21st – 23rd February,2017