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Association de la Sommellerie Internationale

The World Sommelier Association (ASI) was founded in June 1969 in Reims (France) as a non-profit organisation. Its headquarters are in Paris and it is chaired by a president elected for three years. The current president (2014-2016) is the Japanese Shinya Tasaki. As of 2016, there are 53 member states. Among them are all well-known European and also international wine-growing countries. One of the main goals is to actively participate in the development, organization and recognition of the profession of sommelier. The main activities are training and organising competitions. A first world championship took place in Brussels (Belgium) in 1969, the year of its foundation. After 1971 and 1978, it has been held every three years since 1983 in a different member country. At the 14th competition, held in Tokyo (Japan) in 2013, the Italian Paolo Basso won the world championship and at the 15th competition in Mendoza (Argentina) in 2016, the Swede Jon Arvid Rosengren won against 61 competitors from 58 countries. Another association is called Worldwide Sommelier Association.

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