Swesomm Coaches

The Swedish National Sommelier Team, known as Swesomm, consists of the finalist from this years Swedish Championship and the candidates for the European- and the World Championship. Behind them we find a team of talented and passionated coaches that makes it all happen.

Swesomm’s Coaches

Sören Polonius

Sören Polonius

Head Coach

Work: Adam/Albin, my own company Dryck enl Polonius and Swesomm

Merits: 2010 – Swedish Candidate World Championship (Semifinalist)
2009 – Grand Jour de Champagne (Winner)
2009 – Baltic Championship (Winner)
2008 – European Championship in Bulgaria (Semifinalist)
2008 – Nordic Championship in Stavanger (Final, 2nd place)
2008 – Swedish Sommelier Championship (Winner)
2006 – Trophée Ruinart European Championship (Semifinalist)
2006 – Nordic Championship in Copenhagen (Final, 2nd place)
2006 – Swedish Sommelier Championship (Winner)
2005 – Nordic Championship in Iceland (Final, 3rd place)
2005 – Swedish Sommelier Championship (Final, 3rd place)
2004 – Swedish Sommelier Championship (Semifinalist)
2004 – Trophée Ruinart Stockholm Competition (Semifinalist)
2003 – Swedish Sommelier Championship (Semifinalist)
2003 – Rookie of the Year Championship (Final, 2nd place)

Favourite region: California (to travel in) and California, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Wachau (to drink).

Sommelier I look up to: Gerard Basset, no one else in the world has accompliced what he have.

Guilty pleasure: Semi-dried cheese doodles. (They have to have the right texture, it takes about 24-48 hours depending on the humidity).

Hidden skills: Whistle, I do it all the time without even thinking about it. I’m starting to get really good at it.

Contact: soren@swesomm.com

Maya Samuelsson

Maya Samuelsson

Assistant Coach

Work: Scandinavian Wine Academy, TV4 Nyhetsmorgon & Allt om vin

Merits: 2014 – 1st place Sommelier Freestyle
2014 – 3rd place Swedish Sommelier Championship
2014 – 3rd place Châteaux & Domaines Castel Sommelier Cup, Poland
2014 – 3rd place Trophée Mastroberardino, Estonia
2014 – 1st place Lily Bollinger Award
2015 – 3rd place Swedish Sommelier Championship
2016 – 3rd place Swedish Sommelier Championship
2016 – 1st place Nordic Ruinart Challenge

Favourite region: Champagne

Sommelier I look up to: Gerard Basset

Guilty pleasure: Hot shot & Harry Potter (an awesome combination by the way).

Hidden skills: Can sleep anywhere at anytime.

Contact: maya@swesomm.com

Ellen Franzén

Ellen Franzén

Assistant Coach & Junior Coach

Work: Gastrologik

Merits: 1st place in the Nordic Ruinart Challenge 2019
1st place in the Swedish Sommelier Championship 2019
2nd place in the Nordic Sommelier Championship 2018
3rd place in the Nordic Ruinart Challenge 2018
2nd place in the Swedish Sommelier Championship 2018
2nd place in the Swedish Sommelier Championship 2017

Favourite region: Burgundy

Sommelier I look up to: Arvid Rosengren

Guilty pleasure: Moscato d’Asti on the rocks.

Hidden skills: A master of making hot shots.

Contact: ellen@swesomm.com

Eric Duarte Martins

Eric Duarte Martins

Senior Advisor

Work: Wine sales for Viña Español and part time at Adam/Albin

Merits: Founded Swesomm together with coach Sören Polonius

Favourite region: Jerez

Sommelier I look up to: Lars “Tolvan” Andersson

Guilty pleasure: Hot dogs with lots of mustard and fried onions

Hidden skills: Sourdough baking

Contact: eric@swesomm.com