The best sommelier in the world is Swedish national Jon Arvid Rosengren. He took the title last night in Mendoza, Argentina.
The competition – Le Concours du Meilleur Sommelier du Monde – is organised by the International Sommelier Association (ISA), held every three years, and founded in 1969. This year, 60 contestants were whittled down to 15 for the semi-finals, with that shortlist representing countries including Sweden, Russia, France, Ireland, South Africa and more. These 15 competed on Sunday, in both written and practical tests.
Rosengren triumphed in the final over runners-up David Biraud from France and Julie Dupouy (born in France but representing Ireland). Host country Argentina's Paz Levinson took fourth place at the Teatro Independencia in Mendoza.
Thirty-one-year-old Rosengren takes the title from 2013's winner, Swiss-Italian Paolo Basso. Rosengren works at Charlie Bird in New York.