Mission: The Best USA Sommelier Association (BUSA) exists to select the best sommelier in the United States. It will conduct and maintain the competition in order to choose the best sommelier in the USA. In doing so, it will be the de facto American chapter of the Association de la Sommelliere Internationale (ASI).

Vision: To execute world-class sommelier competitions, preparing United States based sommeliers unparalleled preparation, enabling our sommeliers to compete with the world’s best at the highest level.

Legal Status: BUSA is a limited liability corporation, based in Kansas; LLC and 501C6 applications have been filled to legalize corporate and non-profit status.


The Board

Sara d’Amato

Writer, Wine Critic, Educator, Sommelier Sara is a Toronto-based wine consultant, educator, sommelier, wine critic and principal partner with WineAlign.com,…

Laura DePasquale MS

Vice President/General Manager Art Fine Wine FloridaA Division of Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits “My hospitality career began as a…

Tim Gaiser MS

Tim Gaiser is an internationally renowned wine expert and lecturer. He is one of 269 individuals worldwide to ever attain…

Evan Goldstein, MS

Wine Educator-in-Chief Evan Goldstein calls himself “trilingual x 3:” He “speaks” three languages – wine, food, and wine-and-food pairings –…

Douglass Miller

Douglass Miller has over 30 years of industry experience in restaurants, hotels, resorts, and education.  He has worked around the…

Véronique Rivest

Véronique Rivest is one of the most respected sommeliers in Canada and abroad. Since her very first restaurant job at…

Cheryl Stanley

Cheryl Stanley is a lecturer in food and beverage management at The Hotel School, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business…