The semi-finalists of the ASI Best Sommelier of World 2023 are announced

The semi-finalists of the ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2023 in Paris, France/Photo courtesy of ASI/HRVPROD
Felicity Carter
By Felicity Carter
Published 10-February-2023
News / France

After a nail-biting first round, the ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2023 has announced the 17 sommeliers who will compete in the semi-finals for the coveted title.

Note: Read all about the final and the winners here.

The ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2023 competition attracted nearly 70 competitors from around the world, each of whom was among the best in their country. A number of Star Wine List ambassadors and Star Wine List of the Year jury members were among them.

The group has been put through the first round and the semi-finalists have been announced.

In no particular order, the semi-finalists are:

Valeria Gamper, Argentina
Suvad Zlatic, Austria
Tom Ieven, Belgium Star Wine List Ambassador
Sotiris Neofytidis, Cyprus Star Wine List Ambassador
Nina Jensen, Denmark
Pascaline Lepeltier, France Star Wine List Jury Member
Reeze Choi, Hong Kong Star Wine List Ambassador
Manuel Schembri, Iceland
Wataru Iwata, Japan Star Wine List Ambassador
Raimonds Tomsons, Latvia Star Wine List Ambassador
Chuan Ann Tan, Malaysia
Francesco Marzola, Norway
Andrea Martinisi, New Zealand
Jo Wessels, South Africa
Reza Nahaboo, Switzerland Star Wine List Jury Member
Kai-Wen Lu, Taiwan
Mark Guillaudeau, USA Star Wine List Ambassador

The semi-finals will take place today in Paris, France, behind closed doors.

The names of the finalists will be announced live during the livestream on Sunday, 12th February 2023.

The ASI Best Sommelier of the Word contest, held every three years, is the world’s premier sommelier contest. The previous contest was in Antwerp, Belgium in 2019, and this year takes place in Paris, France.

Star Wine List is very proud of all our ambassadors and wishes everybody the best of luck for the finals.

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