The next World’s Best Sommelier

« Empreinte par Audiard » will be rewarding the Best Sommelier of the World 2023.

Beauty is meaningless until it is shared…

Philippe Faure-Brac (World’s Best Sommelier in 1992), President of the UDSF the French Sommelier Association (orUnion de la Sommellerie Française) alongside Michel Audiard and Sébastien Forest, co-founders of « Empreinte par Audiard », are delighted to announce that:

« Empreinte par Audiard » will be rewarding
the Best Sommelier of the World 2023.

The next World’s Best Sommelier will receive the trophy at the end of the competition, held in Paris, from the 7th to the 12th of February, under the patronage of the ASI (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale).
The artwork, offered by the UDSF, will be granted to the winner, as soon as the results are announced, at the end of the competition, in the prestigious setting of Paris La Défense Arena.

The symbolism of transmission

Creating one « Empreinte par Audiard » Wine Opener requires 12 weeks of work. Therefore, giving the winner a trophy moulded on his own hand will be impossible.

That evening, the symbol of transmission and heritage contained in the artwork will have a twofold meaning. Indeed, the winner will hold up, as a sign of victory, the piece that will have been moulded and made on the hand of the title holder, the World’s Best Sommelier 2019, the German Marc Almert.

This piece will be on display for the duration of the competition in a salon of the Pullman Montparnasse Hotel, during the quarter-finals and the semi-finals. For the final, it will then be exhibited at the « Paris La Défense Arena ».

The evening of the Gala

During the evening of the Gala, the sculptor Michel Audiard will take the handprint of the award winner. The creation of the sculpture will begin the next day (see video). The official presentation of the Empreinte will take place three months later (at a date and location yet to be determined.)

« Empreinte par Audiard » and the UDSF would like to wish good luck to all the contestants.

Michel Audiard Sculpteur

More about the ASI World’s Best Sommelier Competition Paris 2023: This competition takes place every three years. It has not been held in France for 34 years. As previously mentioned, the competition will take place from the 7th to the 12th of February, at the Pullman Montparnasse Hotel and for the final at the Paris La Défense Arena. 68 candidates from 65 different nationalities will be competing.

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