The World Sommelier Association (WSA) was founded in 1965 under the patronage of the Italian association "Associazione Italiana Sommelier". As of 2016 there are 24 sub-associations or member countries. The Italian Franco M. Ricci acts as president. The main goal is to promote the "wine and food culture" by organizing events such as wine tasting. Competitions for the best are held every two years sommelier organized. Another sommelier association is the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, which holds world championships every three years.