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International Sommelier Summit in Montréal


Antoine Lehebel, awarded with the title Belgium`s Best Sommelier 2014, is one of twenty-two selected candidates who have received a scholarship. Lehebel is currently Chef Sommelier at the restaurant Bon-Bon in Bruxelles. ©SOMM360


The list of participants reads like the Who’s Who of the international sommelier scene…
From 25–29 November, top sommeliers from all over the world will converge upon the city of Montréal in Quebec. Because what they can look forward to there over the course of the summit-conference ‘Somm360’ is most certainly worth a visit to Canada: sophisticated and professionally-focused tastings, educational tastings with experts from various wine regions throughout the world, in-depth workshops, on-stage training… Simply everything that a sommelier might need in order to delight his/her guests with something out of the ordinary, and satisfy them with articulate and detailed information.


Event organiser Vincent Lafortune knows full well that active sommeliers have little free time available for continuing education, and that sommeliers who enter competitions quite often do so without any support network. It was precisely in response to these circumstances that Somm360 was conceived – and one might say, tailor-made. The summit conference in Montréal, held for the first time this year, consists of three parts:

1. The Congress
From 25–27 November, some 300 people will be able to participate in a wide range of event modules focussed on continuing education: to deepen their knowledge in tasting sessions, to refresh their knowledge at the presentations and to perfect their professional skills with practical training sessions. In addition to active sommeliers, others who work in the wine & spirits trade or in the specialised press can also participate in the congress.
The complete program can be seen at


2. Boot camp
Twenty-two top sommeliers from a total of twenty countries have been granted a scholarship to attend the conference. In addition to Antoine Lehebel, the reigning European champion Raimonds Tomsons(Latvia) is also included, as well as the USA’s Pascaline Lepeltier (originally from France, where she – just this week – won the Best Sommelier in France award at the Union de la Somellerie). Julie Dupouy from Ireland, Piotr Pietrasfrom Poland, Mexico’s Luis Morones, Reeze Choi from China and Iulia Scavo from Romania will be also on hand, to list only a few. Not only will you be able to attend all of the educational events at the congress without additional cost, but you will also be able to attend special training sessions presented by the world’s most renowned sommeliers. These training sessions will provide an exceptional opportunity for young sommeliers who plan to test their skills at national and international competitions, or to prepare for MS (Master Sommelier) or MW (Master of Wine) exams. Many will compete at the Sommelier World Championships in Antwerp next March. The full list of scholarship holders can be found here:

3. The Wine Experience
On Thursday 29 November, the grand finale will take place in form of an interactive wine tasting. At the same time, the best boot camp sommeliers will undergo various tests of skill, performing for the audience. Attending this event is exciting for prospective sommeliers, wine industry experts and private wine lovers because it simultaneously provides insights into active work techniques and enjoyment of wine at the highest level.




““I have been bitten by the wine bug when I worked at a Michelin-starred Indian restaurant. I began participating in sommelier competitions at home and in France and was awarded the coveted best sommelier in Belgium title in 2014. My love of the profession pushes me towards competitive events. ”

Antoine Lehebel, maître sommelier du restaurant Bon Bon**



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