Latvian Raimonds Tomsons is the "Best Sommelier of the World". He beat almost 70 competitors from 65 countries in Paris to win the final of the Sommelier World Championship. Second and third place went to Nina Jensen from Denmark and Reeze Choi from China. Around 4,000 wine professionals watched the final in the La Défense Arena in Paris.
Raimonds Tomsons is a member of the international jury of the Star Wine List and was already in the final of the competition in Antwerp in 2019. He succeeds German sommelier Marc Almert, who held the title since 2019.
Candidates must complete various tests over several days, including written theory, blind tasting and service skills. The competition starts with a quarter-final, followed by a semi-final and finally the final, where the top three contestants are judged by the ASI. To make the competition even more complex, participants must also compete in one of the official languages of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale: English, French or Spanish. In addition, the language in which they compete must not be their mother tongue.
The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (Asi) organises the "Best Sommelier of the World" competition every three years.