Véronique Rivest, sommelier of Restaurant Les Fougères, in Chelsea, Quebec, won the title of 2012 “Best Sommelier of the Americas”. A lady from Canada ! Let’s remind that in 2009, in Buenos Aires, the title had also gone to a young Canadian lady-sommelier, Elyse Lambert. And in 2004, the winner was already Canada with Ghislain Caron.
Well done for the Canadian Sommellerie ! And also for talented ladies sommeliers whose number is really increasing all over the world.
Several ladies sommeliers had registered on the 23rd and 24th October in Bento Gonçalves, Brazil, within the beautiful frame of Hotel & Spa do Vinho, surrounded by vineyards. Véronique Rivest, Canada, Paz Levinson and Agustina de Alba, both from Argentina, Adriana Bidegain, Uruguay, Nancy Gonzalez from Venezuela…
Charming ladies, yes, but very professional and ready to fight against a bunch of male sommeliers ! Five ladies among the nineteen candidates come from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, du Peru, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.
After highly selective tests of semi-final and a final proposing live restaurant situations, Véronique won by beating the Brazilean Thiago Locatelli (2nd) and Ian Cauble (3rd) who represented the USA and was for the very first time participating in an international competition.
Let’s remind that this A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of the Americas, organized every three years, allows all the associations of sommeliers from the American continent send one or two candidates fight for the title. It is a good opportunity for them to compare and evaluate their knowledge and skills in front of an international panel of judges placed under the authority of the Technical Commission of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, its responsible, Serge Dubs, and the A.S.I. president Shinya Tasaki.
The laureates were awarded the traditional A.S.I. gold, silver and bronze medals and received very nice gifts from sponsors of the event.
Véronique hosts a show on radio Canada Québec where she talks about his favorite wines.
Bento Gonçalves Hotel&Spa Do Vinho in Brazil
To attract travelers that value above all authenticity and quality is the main objective of the Hotel & Spa do Vinho Caudalie (Caudalie: Best French Spa Vinothérapie in Bordeaux). Located amidst a stunning landscape, with well defines seasons and rich cultural traditions, this magnificent hotel was built on a hill in the heart of Vale dos Vinhedos, on Serra Gaúcha, to gather what is best in hospitality, fine cuisine and mountain leisure.