We are launching our thirtieth edition with the first Special Edition in history. The circumstances that led us to release it are strange – the global coronavirus pandemic, economic uncertainty, and lagging state measures. In the order of the Wine Fund, we prepared an extensive publication on how economically to survive the current period and how to turn the crisis into an opportunity. In this issue, you will also find other materials and an extensive gastronomic and travel section, dedicated to the American South, especially New Orleans. On ALZA media available digitally from January 20, printed version from January 26.


NEW NORMAL – how to survive economically the current period and how to turn the crisis into an opportunity
New wines in the National Salon of Wines 2021
Introducing the Champion of the Salon – Thaya Winery
Znovín digitally
What they wrote about wine


CHEF GALLERY: Jiří Hrachový, Výčep
Fruit Distillery Radlík
Brewery Primator
History of Coffee – Krakow Cafés
History of Beer – Carnival
Driving test: Toyota Proace City

Christmas issue Winter 4/2020


We bring you a Christmas reading at the end of this stupid year; perhaps you will be delighted by the festive 50-page Special on Alsatian Wines and Gastronomy, as well as another 30-page Special on Japanese markets. Stay healthy, happy, optimistic, read SOMMELIER and drink good wines! Cheers!


Czech National Wine Competition
e-Pilgrimage with Znovín Znojmo
Terravino Israel
Covid Legal Advice
Vintage wines


Chef Gallery: Petr Kunc, Salabka
Cocktails in the new Artisan bar: Lukáš Jehlička
Reflection of Pavel Maurer
Alsace: Foie gras Lucien Doriath
Alsace: The oldest brewery in France – METEOR
History of coffee – Christmas gingerbread
Christmas history of beer
Exhibition and conference Gastro and Hotel Prague
Driving test: The latest Chevrolet Impala 2020

Autumn issue 3/2020

Although the coronavirus pandemic forced us to change the periodicity to a quarterly, you still get the AUTUMN 2020 issue of 138 pages full of first-hand information from around the world (we can’t travel much, but we activated our friends and colleagues in South Africa and the United States), and twenty-five-page SPECIAL for the historically largest competition in the Czech Republic – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in Brno.

In the Hotel part you will find a report on the breeding of Limousin cattle for great steaks, lots of pages about beer, in the Gallery of Chefs we present Slovak showman chef Ľubo Herko, Prague Mussel Week and in the Autotest the new Renault Espace.

Summer issue 2/2020

As we have already informed you, we have been forced by the coronavirus crisis to change after 29 years the periodicity from bimonthly to quarterly.
So we will come out four times this year.
Now you can read your summer issue, the autumn one will be published in September and the winter one before Christmas.
What have we prepared for you for the summer reading?


World competitions:
Texas IWC, Vinalies Internationales, Chardonnay du Monde, Grand Prix Vinex

Czech competitions
Vinum Juvenale, Jarovín Rosé, Vinařské Litoměřice

Main themes and reports:

Late Professor Milan Šamánek
Winery Volařík Mikulov + First sip
3Bobule – New movie
“To si vypijeme – We’ll drink all this” – initiative on how to economically survive a coronavirus
Legal advice v  in times of coronavirus
Champagne on the rocks – really a new style?
Víno Matyšák – portrait of an icon



Top coffee roasting
Romantic places connected with beer
Kobe beef Kobe, Japan


Our Dear Readers,

COVID-19 and the efforts of countries around the world to manage the outbreak have not only affected winemakers, winegrowers, wine merchants, your restaurants, pubs and hotels,  and many other professions, including the publication of SOMMELIER.

After long discussions and research both in our country and with colleagues around the world, we have decided to change the publication period from bi-monthly (6 issues per year) to quarterly (4 issues per year). The Spring Issue has been published and now we are working on the Summer Edition, which will be publisher in first part of June, followed by the Autumn SOMMELIER in September and the Winter Edition in December before Christmas.

Of course, this will also be taken into account in the subscription for which subscribers will receive a postal order/invoice together with the Summer number.

As the publishers of SOMMELIER, we have always taken pride in bringing you new and original content in each issue and we remain dedicated to that goal. We are not interested in reprinting old dusty articles from past years or publishing translated articles from other wine journals. After 29 years, we don’t want to become like sports news on TV – rehashing old games and records because there are simply no new sports matches. We know that right now there are no wine competitions – in our country or anywhere in the world – there are no trade fairs or wine exhibitions. The wine world has slowed down. Our in-person research and interviews are now restricted by travel bans, and even if we arrived at a winery that would be in the mood to receive us, we would not meet many people there.

Our commitment to you is to bring current news, articles, interviews, and reporting – even in the midst of a pandemic – so we are increasing our social media activity and working with new technology systems to accomplish our goals. We are excited to announce that we have joined with Lucy Hotařová from Etiflex #WE WILL DRINK IT! and the team at Harmonia Vini to bring you events and podcasts about Czech and Moravian wines.

Our 2020 wish, may we all be healthy, safe and enjoy great wine!

So together – cheers!

Iva Kováříková & Luboš Bárta

4-5 / 2019

Double number 4 + 5/2019

118 pages about wine from Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia, many world competitions, first-hand and special about craft beers in the US or the birth of absinthe in Switzerland

World Competitions:

Michelangelo Wine & Spirits Awards, South Africa
Asia Wine Trophy & Daejeon Wine Festival

About wine:

Johann W Trebivlice
Spielberg CZ
Pavlov Winery
Serbia, Vojvodina
Bohemia Sekt Trophé – sommelier championship
Korbel California Champagne
Gloria Ferrer
Christmas Piper Heisieck


Smart Czech stoppers for sparkling wines
Třebechovice Nativity Museum
Christmas pastry from Karlštejn
Where did Absinthe originate and how should be tasted?
Coffee on Smith Island

Car test: Opel Movano Estate and fleetcars show for your business


Red Deer, Sun in Glass Festival, Oktoberfest in Munich and Munich, Christmas recipes with beer


148 pages of this summer double are off the press!


Bohemia and Moravia:
Znovín Znojmo, Jarovín rosé,  Phenomenon of Klínky vineyard, Wine Prague exhibition, Story of Blue cellar (Modrý sklep), AnnoVino opens new winery.

Family Winery Berta, Château Rúbaň

International wine competitions: Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Finger Lakes, Great American, Les Concours des Grands Vins Blancs Strasbourg, Danube Wine Challenge, Fest Wine, Grand Prix Vinex, Berliner Wein Trophy

SPECIALWines of Switzerland


Flying brewmaster Tomáš Hub
Declaration of the Union of spirits producers and importers
Nestville Whisky
Armagnac from Gascogne to the Czech anniversaries
Awards for Hayman’s of London gin
Summer cocktails in Fours Seasons Hotel Prague
OXO Liebig Extract of Meat Company

SPECIALTrains, chocolates, cheeses and sightseeings in Switzerland


Number 1/2019

132 pages full of first-hand reports, interviews and photos. And in addition to this, we will introduce to you the winner of the competition of design professional clothing from IVNprofi fashion studio worth 10000 CZK!


Salon of wines 2019
Habánské sklepy opened new wine shop
František Zapletal winery
New oenologic laboratory at BS vinařské potřeby
National championship in vine pruning
Broňa Vajbar is playing with open cards
Vinalies Internationales, Paris
Bacchus Madrid
Texas a TXIWC, Austin
SPECIAL:  ProWein Trade Fair,  Düsseldorf


Darja Kawasumi, Miyabi
Pavel Sapík, Terasa U Zlaté studně
El Emír
IVNprofi Work Fashion: Who is the winner?
Coca Cola Museum, Atlanta
Jack Daniel´s Distillery, Lynchburg
Chapters from the History of Beer 76
Driving test: Renault Trafic Passenger

Christmas double number 5-6/2018

This Christmas twin is breaking records! Should it have one more sheet, more than 200 pages will roll! Additionally, it embraces the whole world – besides many reports from Moravia and Bohemia you can find here California, Canada, Germany, Israel, China, Cameroun and the South African SPECIAL!

Find out who won the competition for IVN Profi design workwear worth CZK 10.000!

So nice Christmas reading and good luck by 2019!


Winners of the National Wine Competition
Do something for love! How the sparkling wine in Bohemia Sekt is produced?
Moravian wineries portraits:  Agra Horní Dunajovice, Pavel Binder, Karel Válka, Jan Plaček, Sonberk, Sedlákovi
King of wines reached the final
RB Harmonia Vini
Cistercians´ Seal
Terravino Israel, Ashdod, IL
Ontario, Canada
SPECIAL: South African Wine Industry and Wineries
San Francisco International WIne Competition
Our Christmas Gift: Opus One, Napa, CA
Squire Ronald GlenLyon, Sonoma, CA
Sommeliers´competitions – Moravia and China


Vánoční  jarmark
Maurerův výběr Grand Restaurant
Chef´s Gallery:  Jan Snopek
Christmas cards and habits
IVN Profi: the continuing interview with designer Ivana Jedlička
History of the beer
Craft beer in Berlin
Having a dinner at  C.I.A.
History of coffee: Cameroun

Number 4/2018

This number was printed exceptionally late for which we are only partly to blame but still, it warrants an apology.  At the beginning of the year, we decided to renovate our kitchen studio, a place where we prepare and take photos of dishes and recipe tips in the magazine. I’ll spare you the gruesome details but let’s just say it definitely wasn’t  a joyous experience.
Finding a workman prepared to get stuff done fast was no easy feat and then encouraging him to think a little outside of the box was practically impossible. We ended up spending our summer eating out of boxes, left with little choice but to wait till September to get the job more or less done. Reality: October.
The second difference is that we’ve decided to dedicate the issue to two main topics – the 100 year anniversary of the Czech Republic through wine and beer, and South Africa.

Do not miss the competition for INV Profi design work clothes worth 10.000 CZK!


Bohemia Sekt Trophée Sommelier 2018
Wine and the Czechoslovak statehood
Vinařství Volařík awarded as Wine Maker of the Year to the 3rd time!
Journalist´s grape harvest in  Slovenia
World competitions:
Berliner Wein Trophy, Asia Wine Trophy (Daejeon, South Korea), Michelangelo Awards (Cape Town, South Africa)
Historical feast of Wine Harvest in City of Znojmo


Beautify as many people as possible … interview with designer Ivana Jedlička
History of the Beer – History of the Czech Nation
History of the coffee – Honduras
Traveling thru South African National Parks, Bakubung Safari Lodge
Craft Beer in South Africa