September 2014 #TXwine Twitter Tuesday

September #TXwine Twitter Tuesday TEXSOM

It has been a long hiatus but #TXWine Twitter Tuesday is back! There will be some changes in #TXwine Twitter Tuesdays from the past where they were held monthly. Initially they will be held bi-monthly, that’s every two months, so be sure to watch for when the next one will be. They also used to be held the second Tuesday of the month and that will be the same most of the time, but may change some months like this [Read More...]

Taking the Level 1 Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam

Introductory Sommelier Course

I recently took the Court of Master Sommeliers Level 1: Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam at the 2014 TEXSOM conference. You may have seen the movie SOMM which documents the efforts of candidates preparing for the Master Sommelier exam, the fourth and final level of the program. In order to start on the journey to be a Master Sommelier, the first step required is the Introductory Sommelier exam, commonly referred to as Level 1. I have friends, including other wine [Read More...]

Highlights of the 2014 TEXSOM Conference

TEXSOM - tasting at a seminar

The 2014 TEXSOM Conference was held August 8th to 11th at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. The conference was co-presented by the organizations Guild of Sommeliers, Court of Master Sommeliers – Americas, Wine & Spirit Education Trust, and Society of Wine Educators. The conference attracts the nation’s top wine professionals and this year was no exception. There was a record total of 900 attendees including 39 Master Sommeliers (MS), 10 Certified Wine Educators [Read More...]

Vermouth – It’s Not Just for Cocktails

Vermouth bottles

One of the best things about attending TEXSOM is the education you can obtain. At this year’s 2014 10th annual TEXSOM conference, you could select from four different seminars per three sets of time periods for the two days. It was easy to find a topic you could be interested in. I saw a seminar entitled “Exploring Vermouths and Aromatized Wines” and thought that was kind of different among the usual wine seminars, but since I knew nothing about vermouth, [Read More...]

Joelle Cousins Named Texas’ Best Sommelier

Joelle Cousins and Fred Dame MS

At the 10th annual TEXSOM conference, Joelle Cousins from the Red Room Lounge won the Texas’ Best Sommelier competition presented by Texas Monthly. There were 25 competitors from around the state of Texas who participated in the competition. The competition included a rigorous three-part wine examination involving theory, blind tasting, and service. A panel of Master Sommelier judges named Cousins the Texas’ Best Sommelier 2014 during the Grand Tasting Monday evening on the last day of the conference.

Houston Sommeliers to Compete for Texas’ Best Sommelier

TEXSOM Day 2 - Scott Ota wins

The 10th anniversary of TEXSOM will take place at the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Las Colinas, Texas, from August 9 to 11. The Texas Sommelier’s Conference hosts wine professionals and connoisseurs from around the world allowing them to attend educational seminars, network, and participate in certification opportunities. One of the highlights of TEXSOM is the Texas’ Best Sommelier Competition. The competition presented by Texas Monthly will include 25 Texas Sommeliers competing for the title. The competition pits sommeliers from [Read More...]

Texas Wineries at the 2014 TEXSOM

TEXSOM 2014

Several Texas wineries will be showcasing their wines at this year’s 2014 TEXSOM (Texas Sommelier Conference) in Irving, Texas. It was previously announced that Texas Fine Wine will co-host with Texas Monthly a Hospitality Suite on Sunday, August 10, in addition to pouring wines at the Grand Tasting on August 11. Texas Fine Wine comprises the Texas wineries Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, and Pedernales Cellars. Four wines will be poured from the four wineries at the Grand Tasting: [Read More...]

Wine & Food Foundation of Texas Announces Charitable Gifts

Wine & Food Foundation of Texas

The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas (WFFT) will distribute more than $50,000 to four Texas-based, nonprofit organizations supporting health and education in the lifecycle of food and wine in the second half of 2014. The contributions further the WFFT’s mission to better the health and well-being of our community by funding culinary scholarships, educational grants and other deserving causes.

Texas Fine Wine will be at TEXSOM Again this Year

Texas Fine Wine logo

CENTRAL TEXAS, July 21, 2014 – Celebrating one of the largest and most prominent wine education conferences for wine, spirits and beverage professionals, Texas Fine Wine is a proud sponsor of TEXSOM in its 10th year. Texas Fine Wine will co-host with Texas Monthly a Hospitality Suite on Sunday, August 10, for TEXSOM participants. Representing four distinguished Texas wineries, Texas Fine Wine will also pour wines for guests attending the August 11 Grand Tasting. Texas Fine Wine members include Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery and Pedernales Cellars, a [Read More...]

2014 TEXSOM Conference Registration Open

TEXSOM 2014

TEXSOM, the most prominent and influential wine education conference in the United States, is celebrating its tenth year, has announced that registration is now open for TEXSOM 2014. TEXSOM 2014 will take place August 9 -11, 2014 at the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Las Colinas, Texas. TEXSOM 2014 will include presentations by 39 Master Sommeliers, six Masters of Wine, and eight Certified Wine Educators. Seminars will include regional spotlights, variety intensives, sales instruction, and industry/sommelier roundtable discussions. The [Read More...]