Today the very first World’s Best Sommeliers’ Selection has been revealed following a meticulous tasting process carried out by an international panel of expert sommeliers. On 16th January, thirty of the world’s most renowned sommeliers traveled from all corners of the globe to the UK to take part in the world premiere of the World’s Best Sommeliers’ Selection, an exclusive tasting from William Reed, the name behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and World’s Best Vineyards. Producers were invited to submit their wines to this unique tasting that guarantees their wine is presented to some of the most acclaimed palates in the world. The final selection will serve as a useful tool for on-trade professionals all over the globe to seek out peer-recommended wines.
Representing four continents and 16 countries, the sommeliers invited onto the panel are globally acclaimed, with many featured on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The panel tasted wines submitted by producers from all over the world in order to make their final selection. Sommeliers from restaurants such as Disfrutar (Barcelona), Central and Kjolle (Lima), DiverXO (Madrid), The Jane (Antwerp), Quintonil (Mexico City), Alchemist (Copenhagen), and Gaggan Anand (Bangkok) came together in the UK to take part in the tasting.
Chris Brundrett, Founder and Winemaker of William Chris Vineyards in Texas whose wine was included in this year’s selection says, “It was invaluable for us to be able to get our wine in front of this group of world-class sommeliers. We hope that we brought the sommeliers something a little unexpected and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to demonstrate what the Texas wine industry is capable of.”
The only Texas wine included in this year’s Best Sommeliers’ Selection was the William Chris Vineyards 2020 Hunter. The 2020 blend combines 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec, and 18% Merlot.
The complete World’s Best Sommeliers’ Selection 2024 is available to view here, accompanied by the sommeliers’ extensive tasting notes and food pairing recommendations. The worldsbestsommeliersselection.com provides sommeliers from all over the world with a great place to source interesting wines for their wine list in the knowledge that they have been specially selected by their peers. The website also offers the unique functionality of being able to search for wines based on terroir (e.g. high altitude, cool climate), seasonality and food pairings opposed to the traditional filter of grape varieties.
Andrew Reed, Managing Director Wine and Exhibitions at William Reed, comments: “We are delighted to bring this exciting new venture to the William Reed portfolio. The World’s Best Sommeliers’ Selection gives exceptional winemakers the opportunity to present their wines exclusively to top sommeliers from across the globe. This tasting is unique on so many levels, but for the producers who submit, one of the biggest attractions is the guaranteed audience. The sommeliers had the opportunity to listen to and enjoy the stories behind each of the wines, meaning they were able to truly appreciate the narrative of each bottle. I think the World’s Best Sommeliers’ Selection website will be an invaluable source of information for all sommeliers all over the world and we are thrilled by the positive feedback that we have had from the sommeliers that took part; we are already looking forward to the tasting in 2025!”
More details can be found at www.worldsbestsommeliersselection.com