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 and supporters 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

Instagram: @pappitvega

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

Instagram: @maya_samuelsson

Fredrik Lindfors

Fredrik Lindfors

Assistant Coach

Work: Ward Wines

Merits: 2019 5th Best Sommelier in the World, Antwerp, Belgium
2018 Finalist of Balkan Sommelier Challenge, Belgrade, Serbia (Guest Competitor)
2017 Nordic Sommelier Champion, Helsinki, Finland
2017 Winner of Vana Tallinn Grand Prix, Vilnius, Lituania
2017 Swedish Sommelier Champion, Stockholm, Sweden
2016 1st Runner up Nordic Sommelier Championship, Copenhagen, Denmark
2016 Swedish Sommelier Champion, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 Winner of Moët Sommelier Challenge, Stockholm, Sweden
2008 Bartender of the Year, Gothenburg, Sweden

Favourite region: Rhône Valley & Champagne

Sommelier I look up to: Arvid Rosengren

Guilty pleasure: Super Bock – a truly underrated beer

Hidden skills: Tipsy dancing

Contact: fredrik@swesomm.com

Instagram: @f_lindfors

Tina Johansson

Tina Johansson

Marketing manager / Communication

Work: Restaurant Ekstedt

Merits: Finalist in Vana Tallinn Grand Prix/Baltic Championship 2019 (guest competitor)
3rd place in the Swedish Sommelier Championship 2019
2nd place in the Nordic Ruinart Challenge 2018
1st place in Lily Bollinger Award 2017
2nd place in the Nordic Ruinart Challenge 2017
3rd place in the Swedish Sommelier Championship 2017
2nd place in Lily Bollinger Award 2016

Favourite region: Champagne & Tuscany

Sommelier I look up to: Maya Samuelsson, the first person who made me believe I could actually compete in sommellerie.

Guilty pleasure: The Twilight movies.

Hidden skills: Weirdly good at karaoke to all the ABBA hits.

Contact: tina@swesomm.com

Instagram: @tinahelenajohansson

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

Instagram: @eric_dm

Johan Waara

Johan Waara

Team Psychologist

Work: Psychologist at Uppsala University

Merits: Been working with the team since 2014

Favourite region: Bourgogne

Guilty pleasure: Plankstek (steak on a plank)

Hidden skills: DJ

Contact: info@johanwaara.se

Instagram: @psykologwaara