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The World’s Best Sommelier 2019

Marc Almert, 27 from Germany, was crowned Best Sommelier of the World 2019 last Friday by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI).

Marc Almert came out on top in a field of 66 candidates from 63 countries during an intense series of tests in Antwerp, Belgium.

Nina Højgaard Jensen from Denmark (Best Sommelier of Denmark 2017 and Best Young Sommelier of Europe 2016) came second and Raimonds Tomsons from Latvia (Best Sommelier of the Europe and Africa 2017) came third.

The 19 semi-finalists were:

Raimonds Tomsons – Latvia

Pier-Alexis Souliere – Canada

Wataru Iwata – Japan

Martin Bruno – Argentina

Loic Avril – Australia

Antoine Lehebel – Belgium

Kam Fung Reeze Choi – China

Nina Hjgaard Jensen – Denmark

David Biraud – France

Marc Almert – Germany

Julie Dupouy – Ireland

Satoru Mori – Japan

Martynas Pravilonis – Lithuania

Andrea Martinisi – New Zealand

Piotr Pietras – Poland

Julia Scavo – Romania

Aleksandr Rassadkin – Russia

Vuk Vuletic – Serbia

Fredrik Lindfors – Sweden

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