Italian named world's best sommelier 2010
Luca Gardini already holds the Italian and European titles14 October, 15:39
Gardini, won out over 14 other wine experts from as many countries in a competition which included a tough written exam, wine tasting and wine serving.
"This was a great success for me but I would like to commend the magnificent spirit with which all the contestants competed in an atmosphere of true friendship and mutual esteem," Gardini said in a statement issued by the Italian Sommelier Association (AIS).
Milan Krejci of the Czech Republic came in second while local contender Hector Garcia placed third.
The next world championship will be in two years' time in London. At 29, Gardini has already been named Italy's best sommelier (2004) and it the reigning European champion, having won in 2009.
He is currently the chief wine steward at the Cracco restaurant in Milan, which boasts two Michelin stars.