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Friday, 7 June, 2019

Africa, breaking out on the Sommelier world stage

The sommelier profession is constantly gaining ground everywhere around the world, and Africa is no exception.
Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI)

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

The New Generation of Wine Ambassador

Wine education in South Africa is on the rise. Three hundred aspiring young adults across the country are embarking on a unique journey to become the next generation of wine ambassadors and sommeliers.
Sommeliers Academy, Roxan Waldeck

Wednesday, 8 May, 2019

South Africa flies the flag high with our 3rd certified ASI Sommelier

A huge congratulations to SASA Vice Chair Spencer Fondaumiere being the 3rd sommelier in South Africa to achieve this prestigious qualification, following Jean-Vincent Ridon and Joakim Blackadder.
South African Sommeliers Association

Tuesday, 7 May, 2019

South African Sommelier Association Strategy 2020

Now in its ninth year the South African Sommelier Association, under the guidance and leadership of our predecessors, have managed to pave the way for a culture of fine wine and service excellence in South Africa.
South African Sommeliers Association

Thursday, 11 April, 2019

The First Lady of the South African Sommelier World

It's 2019 and hard to believe we're still seeing and celebrating firsts for women. But Esmé Groenewald's completion of the SASA (South African Sommelier Association) Level 2 Certificate, making her the first female to hold this qualification in SA, is worth celebrating and marks a shift in the sommelier and wine industry which will motivate and inspire other women to enter the field.
wine.co.za - Trudie Webb (Editor)

Monday, 18 March, 2019

Marc Almert Is the New ASI Best Sommelier of the World

At the end of a final round where the three top competitors had to show their knowledge of wine and talent for service and hospitality in front of an audience of over 1,100 people, Marc Almert, a 27-year-old sommelier from Germany who works at the Baur du Lac Hotel in Zurich, was declared the winner of the 2019 ASI Best Sommelier of the World.
Association de la Sommellerie Internationale

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Thursday, 14 March, 2019

ASI semi-finals - all you need to know

For the very first time, a South African judge has been appointed for an ASI international competition. Higgo Jacobs, former SASA chairman has been selected to judge the semi finals of the Best Sommelier of the world 2019 in Belgium.
Jean Vincent Ridon

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Wednesday, 13 March, 2019

Semi-finalists announced for 2019 ASI Best Sommelier Competition

After a first round of practical and technical tests that took place over two days, the semi-finalists who are still in the race for the title of ASI Best Sommelier of the World are now known.
Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI)

Monday, 11 March, 2019

South Africa represented at Best Sommelier in the World Competition.

The latest winner of the Veritas Young Wine Writer of the Year Competition, Llewellyn Lambert, will be attending the Best Sommelier of the World Competition in Antwerp, Belgium, on behalf of the South African Sommelier Association in support of Jo Wessels, winner of the SASA Moët & Chandon Best Sommelier in South Africa.
South African Sommeliers Association

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Monday, 11 March, 2019

Jo Wessels first day at the 2019 Best Sommelier of the World

The tension was high at day 1 at the Queen Elizabeth center in Antwerp for the first part of the Best Sommelier of the World 2019. 66 Candidates from 63 countries were trying to ignore the stress by joking with each other.
Jean Vincent Ridon

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Friday, 1 March, 2019

Young Wine Writer of the Year to attend Best Sommelier of the World Competition

The latest winner of the Veritas Young Wine Writer of the Year Competition, Llewellyn Lambert, will be attending the Best Sommelier of the World Competition in Antwerp, Belgium, as special guest later this month.
Veritas Awards

Wednesday, 6 February, 2019

Global sommelier body impressed with SA wines

South African Sommelier Association leads the way in Africa, says Association de la Sommellerie International
South African Sommelier Association

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Wednesday, 30 January, 2019

South Africa is the centre of the Sommelier world for a week

ASI, the International Sommeliers' Association, held its board meeting in South Africa for the first time in its 50-year history. The group also spent time here preparing for the Best Sommelier of the World to be held in Antwerp, Belgium between 10th and 15th March 2019.
Jean Vincent Ridon

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Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

SASA new board elected at AGM

The South African Sommelier Association (SASA) had a record number of nominations for their new board, which is very encouraging.
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

King of Sommeliers Gérard Basset lost his last competition

Gérard Basset won every wine title possible and every wine certification one can imagine. Born in France, but established for years in the UK, Gérard Basset was Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, OIV Master, Wine MBA, Decanter Man of the Year 2013 and Best Sommelier of the World 2010. Basset was made OBE for his contribution to the United Kingdom.
Jean Vincent Ridon

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Wednesday, 5 December, 2018

Get schooled in wine

The South African wine industry provides employment for 300 000+ people. It's a dynamic industry offering career opportunities many don't even know exist. There are roles to fulfill in the wine world beyond what happens in the vineyard and cellar. South Africa has excellent institutions and organizations providing great training for wine lovers hoping to make a career out of wine and hospitality.
wine.co.za, Trudie Webb (Editor)

Tuesday, 4 December, 2018

SASA: November News 2018

Fresh off the announcement of the newest SASA certified sommeliers, we've got a 'bunch' of things for you to look forward to...
South African Sommeliers Association

Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Who are the newest somms in SA?

In 2016 the board of the South African Sommelier Association decided to put their reputations on the line by taking turns to each submit themselves to the scrutiny of their peers and completing the rigorous SASA Level 2 Sommelier Certification.
SASA

Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

See Yourself As The Next Top Sommelier In Africa?

Not since 1994 has there been a more exciting time to be in the South African wine industry.
South African Sommeliers Association

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Thursday, 13 September, 2018

South Africa’s Best Sommelier for 2018

Meet Jo Wessels. Bloemfontein born, currently studying and residing in Germany and recently crowned SASA, Moët & Chandon, Best Sommelier in South Africa 2018.
South African Sommelier Association

Tuesday, 4 September, 2018

Moët & Chandon Best Sommelier South Africa 2018 Semi Finalists

The Moët & Chandon Best Sommelier South Africa 2018 competition is drawing near, which means…
SASA

Wednesday, 29 August, 2018

SASA Newsletter: August 2018

Tasting Notice | Cape Wine Chenin Blanc Party | SASA Winter Olympics | Congratulations
South African Sommelier Association

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Monday, 6 August, 2018

The 2018 Distell Inter Hotel Challenge Winners announced at Gala Dinner

After six months of hard work, lectures, product workshops, intense menu planning and ultimately the stress of the regional cook-offs, the national winners of the 6th annual Distell Inter Hotel Challenge were announced at a glittering gala awards event at the Belmond Mount Nelson in Cape Town.
Showcook.com

Tuesday, 24 July, 2018

The search is on for Moet & Chandon's Best Sommelier for 2018

The search for South Africa's foremost sommelier 2018 has begun. We are scouting for a person with exceptional skill, knowledge, and experience.
SASA

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Monday, 4 June, 2018

Education, as ever, is key to promoting and selling wine

The Sommelier Association of South Africa (SASA) is slowly but surely making inroads in the education and hospitality sector
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

Friday, 25 May, 2018

Gaggenau South Africa Top Sommelier awarded

The first Gaggenau South Africa Sommelier Winner was announced on Thursday 24 May after a two-day competition that saw contestants battle it out for the title.
Gaggenau

Wednesday, 2 May, 2018

Gaggenau South Africa Announces Sommelier Finalists

Gaggenau South Africa has announced the five finalists who will be competing in the first-ever South African Gaggenau Sommelier Awards on 23 and 24 May in Cape Town.
South African Sommelier Association

Wednesday, 21 March, 2018

Is the hospitality sector the silver bullet for jobs?

300 young people across the country, from Upington to Robertson, Durban to Kayamandi and beyond, are undergoing extensive sommelier education and training and are sure to make a difference wherever they are.
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

Friday, 9 March, 2018

Gaggenau SA calls on young professionals to enter its first Sommelier Awards

If you think that you have what it takes to make the grade to top Sommelier, then read on.
Gaggenau

Thursday, 18 January, 2018

SASA Newsletter

SASA held its annual general meeting on Monday 4th December in Stellenbosch.
South African Sommelier Association

Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Restaurant Mosaic’s Moses Magwaza voted country’s best sommelier

A glass of rosé nearly 12 years ago changed the life of Restaurant Mosaic’s Moses Magwaza, who this week took the coveted Wine Service Award at the 2017 Eat Out Awards, beating out strong competition from sommeliers at South Africa’s top restaurants.
Restaurant Mosaic

Friday, 20 October, 2017

ASI International Sommelier Exam

As SASA is a proud member of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI), we offer our members the opportunity to sit the ASI Diploma Exam in South Africa in February 2018.
South African Sommeliers Association

Wednesday, 6 September, 2017

Best Young Sommelier crowned by Moët et Chandon

Service improvement is top of mind in the hospitality sector. Competitions like the Moët Best Young Sommelier contribute substantially to the process and the South African Sommeliers Association has played a major role since it inception just a few short years ago.
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

Friday, 25 August, 2017

Congratulations to the Moët & Chandon Best Young Sommelier South Africa 2017 Semi Finalists

This year's Moët & Chandon Best Young Sommelier 2017 quarter finals were held in Cape Town and Johannesburg in the second week of August. The candidates were tested on blind tasting, theory and practical scenarios.
South African Sommeliers Association

Tuesday, 8 August, 2017

The Sommeliers Selection regards Hartenberg’s Alchemy as one of the ‘ultimate’ wines for 2017

The Sommeliers Selection Wine Competition has revolutionized local wine competitions. It is a competition with a difference, as it is judged solely by top South African Sommeliers. The winning wines for 2017 have been announced with Hartenberg Wine Estate’s Alchemy Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec 2015 securing a spot in its category, Economically Savvy Wine By The Glass (Reds), to make up the ‘ultima
Hartenberg Estate

Friday, 4 August, 2017

Wines from Breedekloof Wine Valley impress judges at Sommeliers Selection

“Everything that's good is from that region,” says sommelier.
Breedekloof Wine Valley

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Thursday, 20 July, 2017

The search is on for South Africa’s Best Young Sommelier

Calling all talented young sommeliers to enter the prestigious new South African Sommelier Association’s 2017 Best Young Sommelier competition, brought to you in association with Moët & Chandon.
South African Sommeliers Association

Thursday, 20 July, 2017

Mathias Camilleri named Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2017

Five Fields head sommelier Mathias Camilleri has been named the Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2017.
thecaterer.com, James Stagg

Friday, 14 July, 2017

Higgo Jacobs’ Top 10 Best Wine Farms for MCC

A law graduate from Stellenbosch, Higgo was lured into the wine industry after his studies, and what was meant to be a sabbatical ended up as a way of life.
exploresideways.com

Wednesday, 12 July, 2017

SA Sommeliers Discover Brandy Excellence at Backsberg Tasting

The fine quality of South African brandy was once again on show with Backsberg Estate Cellars recently hosting the South African Sommeliers Association (SASA).
Backsberg Estate Cellars

Friday, 7 July, 2017

SASA part of ASI

SASA is proud to announce that after 2 years of observer member status with the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale we have been unanimously voted in as a full active member of ASI at the recent AGM held last month (June) in Bordeaux.
South African Sommeliers Association

Wednesday, 10 May, 2017

SASA continues its support for The Sommeliers Selection

Established in 2014 with the aim of targeting the everyday wine drinker through new and ground-breaking ways, The Sommeliers Selection has once again secured the support of one the industry’s key role players. The South African Sommeliers Association (SASA) has confirmed its support, for a third year in a row, and will continue to form part of the judging process for the competition.
South African Sommeliers Association

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Friday, 21 April, 2017

Raising the wine bar

Education is always beneficial - and sommelier education is of course very good for the wine industry!
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

Thursday, 23 February, 2017

Congratulations to the newest SASA Certified Sommeliers

One of the biggest hurdles to South African sommeliers has always been the lack of formal, attainable, internationally recognised, sommellerie accreditation in South Africa.
South African Sommeliers Association

Tuesday, 13 December, 2016

SASA extends a warm welcome to the four new board members

SASA is proud to give feedback of our fifth members AGM which was held on Monday, 28th November 2016 at Houghouse Brewing Company, Ndabeni.
SASA

Thursday, 20 October, 2016

Come taste the Sommeliers Selection winners

The Sommeliers Selection wine tasting comes to Johannesburg for the first time in November with a tasting also scheduled in Pretoria. It is the first South African wine competition judged solely by a panel of South Africa’s top sommeliers, in categories fashioned around those perfect for a restaurant wine list.
Sommeliers Association of SA

Tuesday, 6 September, 2016

Sommeliers around the world are prepping for WOSA Sommelier Cup Finals in the Cape

After a full day's work, Swedish sommelier Eric Grödahl spends another two hours a day, every day tasting South African wines and cramming up on the category. He is preparing for next month’s finals of the Wines of South Africa (WOSA) International Sommelier Cup.
WOSA, Julia Moore

Monday, 8 August, 2016

SASA Foundational Sommellerie Course

We are very excited about our 2nd SASA Foundational Sommellerie course (Level 2) starting soon!
SASA

Saturday, 30 July, 2016

2016 Cape Legends Interhotel Awards

The fourth annual Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge, sponsored by Cape Legends fine wines and choice Distell artisan spirits, culminated in a scintillating celebration at the Belmond Mount Nelson, Friday 29th July 2016.
Chania Morritt-Smith - Showcook.com

Tuesday, 19 July, 2016

Q&A with Marlvin Gwese, Head Sommelier at Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

Marlvin Gwese gained his Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits in February 2016 and is now Head Sommelier at Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, listed as one of the top 50 hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler in 2016. We talk to him about his career and the somm community in South Africa.
Wine & Spirit Education Trust

Thursday, 23 June, 2016

SASA - bursary applications for SASA Level 2 Foundational sommelier course

The Cape Wine Auction Trust which has raised an astonishing 13million rand this year for education in the winelands has offered bursaries to wine stewards and aspiring sommeliers to complete the SASA Level 2 Foundational sommelier course.
SASA

Tuesday, 31 May, 2016

SASA Brandy tasting

Higgo Jacobs, Chairman of South African Sommeliers Association, introduced a splendid South African brandy tasting by reminding guests that we have 'A treasure under our noses which we're not tapping into from a sommelier point of view.'
Angela Lloyd

Thursday, 28 April, 2016

A glass of wine that threw up an entrepreneur

His story is unlikely for someone born to subsistence farmers and never saw a vineyard growing up. This is the life and story of Tongai Joseph Dhafana, a Zimbabwean winemaker from Masvingo, and now building a global wine brand.
Trust Matsilele, CNBCafrica.com

Wednesday, 20 April, 2016

Jon Arvid Rosengren, (Sweden) is the 2016 Best World Sommelier

Jon Arvid Rosengren, from Sweden, became the new Best World Sommelier after winning the final of the Concours du Meilleur Sommelier du Monde Argentina 2016 over David Biraud, from France, and Julie Dupouy, representing Ireland (but born in France).
Jean Vincent Ridon

Sunday, 17 April, 2016

The SASA Candidate for SA makes Top 15 Somm of the world

Gareth Ferreira took top honours at the first Best Sommelier in South Africa in January, and is now representing South Africa at the World Best Sommelier competition in Mendoza, Argentina. Jean Vincent Ridon reports for wine.co.za
Jean Vincent Ridon

Tuesday, 1 March, 2016

SASA Sommelier examination

Following SASA’s first Foundational Sommellerie course taught at the 12 Apostles Hotel & SPA and Open Door in Constantia end of 2015, it is finally time for our first SASA Sommelier examination
SASA

Thursday, 21 January, 2016

SASA's announces new board's portfolio & chairman

Find out who is doing what at SASA!
SASA

Wednesday, 13 January, 2016

Best SA Sommelier of 2016

Gareth Ferreira Takes Inaugural Best Sommelier of South Africa Title
Judy Brower

Friday, 18 December, 2015

Best Sommelier in South Africa

The Best Sommelier of South Africa 2016 is open to all SASA members with at least one year experience in wine service. The inaugural Best Sommelier of South Africa will be held at the TAJ Cape Town on the 11th of January 2016. The event will take place only every two years
SASA

Thursday, 3 December, 2015

South African Sommelier Association announces new Executive Board for 2016

The South African Sommelier Association (SASA) is proud to give feedback of their third members AGM which was held on Friday, 27th November 2015 at Open Door Restaurant in Constantia, Cape Town.
SASA

Monday, 22 June, 2015

Sommeliers Selection winners

Sommeliers, producers and media mingled and networked at the gala event to announce the winners of the inaugural The Sommeliers Selection which was deemed a resounding success with almost 400 entries received. The results were announced on 19 June at the recently launched Open Door Restaurant at Constantia Uitsig,
Pippa Pringle

Thursday, 28 May, 2015

Sommelier Wine Awards 2015 Winners

The Sommelier Wine Awards is a wine competition with a difference. Britain’s only on-trade wine competition, it focuses entirely on wines aimed at the on-trade. Since it started in 2007 it has grown to become the first point of reference for the UK's on-trade wine buyers as well as the key competition for wines trying to increase their presence in hotels, pubs, bars and restaurants.
Sommeliers Wine Awards

Wednesday, 15 April, 2015

Sommeliers - do we need them?

How are we going to raise South Africa's per capita wine consumption from 7 litres per annum? With #RootstockSA trending just below #Rhodesmustfall during the Rootstock event on Thurs 9th April, perhaps we are already on our way - by raising the profile of wine through initiatives like this!
Judy Brower