Société Mondiale du Vin
For members with a particular interest in wines, spirits, liqueurs and crafted beverages, the option of joining the Société Mondiale du Vin headed in the US by the Grand Echanson. This part of the Chaîne is enjoying growing success in the U.S. and now has more than 2,000 members.
Its aim is to promote the enjoyment, appreciation and knowledge of wines, spirits and beers from around the world, through dinners, tastings and educational events.
Only members in good standing of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs may be members of Mondiale. Any person professionally involved in the wine and spirits industry or an amateur with an interest to learn more about wine and crafted spirits is encouraged to seek membership.
The Société encourages both professional and amateur participation, but has as one of its goals the help, encouragement and support of young professionals striving to be among the best sommeliers of the future.
The Chaîne conducts each year a competition to find the best young sommelier in the United States with the winner of that competition then participating in the international competition for the Gold Medal and title of the Best Young Sommelier in the World.
New members of the Mondiale are inducted at special ceremonies and receive a tastevin (tasting cup) which is then worn on their regalia. Professional members also receive a plaque to be displayed at their place of business.
The Grand Echanson plans and directs a National Mondiale event each year. It includes multi-course dinners with wine paired with each course and other special tasting events. Recent national events have been held in Oregon, Santa Barbara, Sonoma and other wine producing areas.