Since 1969, and every 3 years now, the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) gathers all its professional fellow Sommeliers members around the world to elect the Best Sommelier of the World. It's a fierce competition and each professional sommelier contestants has to get through their own continental contests to reach this world stage competition. Chateau Laguiole, as a prize for the Winners and best contestants, has been creating for years a customized Sommelier corkscrew, endorsed and designed by the winner, baring his engraved name. That's why every sommelier dream to get one day his name on his Chateau Laguiole opener. This series of Chateau Laguiole is thus named "Best Sommelier of the World".
In 1995, Shinya Tasaki, of Japan, won the competition hold in Tokyo, Japan, and became one of the few Best Sommelier of the World. Mr.Tasaki was the first Japanese to win the first prize, and has become a famous public figure, both in the Wine industry worldwide (he is currently the President of the A.S.I. which organizes the Best Sommelier of the World competition) and in Japan.
This piece has been created to honor Mr Tasaki, who selected this red-and-white bi-color handle, in salute to the Red and White wines of the world and of course colors of Japan. The red part is made of stabilized rosewood, and the white part of the composite material Corian. It has the specificity to have been built on the Classics design, short and straight bolsters, shiny for this model. Its customized leather pouch has the same bi-colors.
Brand: CHATEAU LAGUIOLE
We Recommend: do not wash with water or in the dishwasher: Chateau Laguiole corkscrews handles are made of noble woods or horns. Water will damage them.
Warranty: Chateau Laguiole offers a lifetime warranty which covers any product failure. The corkscrew will be replaced or repaired at the discretion of the manufacturer. This warranty is offered by the manufacturer, not Access Wine & Living. But Access Wine & Living offers a free warranty support: we will act on your behalf to handle your warranty claims quickly and efficiently. Contact us with any warranty claims and check here for Chateau Laguiole Warranty details.