Cape Town, 4th August 2023 – The South African Sommeliers Association (SASA) is thrilled to announce that one of its esteemed members, Sharrol Mukendi Klass, has been accepted to the prestigious ASI Sommelier Bootcamp Americas. The intensive training camp is scheduled to take place from October 29th to November 1st, 2023, in the beautiful city of Quito, Ecuador.
Designed as a transformative experience for sommeliers seeking to reach new heights in their careers, the ASI Bootcamp Americas offers a three-day marathon of masterclasses and blind tastings, led by the world's leading experts, including the Best Sommeliers of the World, Masters of Wine, and Master Sommeliers. Among the illustrious instructors are Sören Polonius, Marc Almert, Pascaline Lepeltier, Michelle Bouffard, Veronique Rivest, Andreas Matthidis, Emily Wines, and Nathan Keffer.
Only 48 sommeliers from around the globe have the privilege of participating in this exclusive event. The bootcamp opens its doors to 36 sommeliers from ASI's Americas region and reserves the remaining 12 spots for international applicants.
Sharrol Mukendi Klass, a current Professional member of SASA, has demonstrated an unwavering passion for achieving excellence in sommellerie. Through her commitment and dedication to her craft, she has become a shining example of the values cherished by SASA.
"Sharrol's acceptance to the ASI Sommelier Bootcamp Americas fills us with immense pride," said Spencer Fondaumiere, Chairperson of SASA. "Her pursuit of excellence and her desire to elevate her skills resonate with SASA's mission to foster a community of skilled sommeliers in South Africa. We have no doubt that Sharrol will represent SASA and South Africa admirably during the bootcamp and beyond."
The ASI Sommelier Bootcamp offers participants an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best in the industry, hone their blind-tasting abilities, and gain insights from experienced professionals. Attendees will undergo rigorous training, acquire invaluable knowledge, and network with fellow sommeliers from diverse backgrounds.
"SASA has been instrumental in my growth as a sommelier, and I am deeply grateful for their support," said Sharrol Mukendi Klass. "Participating in the ASI Bootcamp Americas is a dream come true, and I am excited to represent SASA and South Africa on this international stage."
Potential candidates seeking to apply for the ASI Sommelier Bootcamp must be current Professional members of SASA and demonstrate their commitment to achieving excellence in sommellerie. Whether it's participating in national sommelier contests, ASI Continental or World competitions, pursuing the coveted ASI Diploma, or aiming to elevate their skills to the next echelon, the bootcamp is an unparalleled opportunity for growth.
The South African Sommeliers Association (SASA) is a community of passionate wine professionals committed to promoting the art and science of sommellerie in South Africa. SASA fosters a culture of excellence and education, providing its members with networking opportunities, professional development, and a platform to showcase their expertise.
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