Raimonds Tomsons is ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2023
Essi Avellan MW reports from the ASI Best Sommelier of the World competition in Paris, won before a crowd of 4,000 spectators by Latvia’s Raimonds Tomsons.
February saw the ASI Best Sommelier of the World competition return to France after a break of 34 years. It had been 23 years since a French candidate (Olivier Poussier in 2000) won the coveted title. Thus, France had a lot to play for in both the organization of the event and the competition itself. The first ever female candidate for France, Pascaline Lepeltier, had immense pressure on her shoulders. She finished fourth under the eyes of 4,000 spectators at La Défense Arena in Paris. Despite the very strong female candidacy, it was to be another male winner. Latvian Raimonds Tomsons took home the trophy to a Baltic country for the first time.
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