Sunday, August 27th

10:00AM – 3:30PM Bonus Seminars and Education 

Bonus seminars and education are independent of TEXSOM, yet taking place within the TEXSOM Conference space. Please reserve your seats via the provided links:

10:00am – 3:00pm: WSET Level 1 Award in Sake Course and Exam

2:00PM – 3:30PM: ARENI Global Workshop and Panel Discussion
The Future of Fine Wine – Focus on Hospitality

2:00PM – 3:30PM: Tea Quality: Subjective or Objective?
A Tea Class and Tasting with The Cultured Cup

2:00PM – 3:00PM: The Institute of Masters of Wine
The Institute of Masters of Wine is offering a free information session to explain the process of becoming an MW

1:00PM – 6:30PM Welcome Desk and Badge Pickup


5:00PM – 6:30PM EXPO Trade Tasting and Exhibition



Monday, August 28th

9:00AM – 10:30AM EXPO Trade Tasting and Exhibition


10:30AM – 11:45AM Seminars

Tasting Track: Critical and Technical Tasting
Speakers: Elaine Chukan Brown and Jamie Goode

Surveying the Market: Wine Styles and Beyond
Speakers: Alisha Blackwell-Calvert, Julia Coney, Cha McCoy, and Jirka Jireh

Andean Altitude: Chile and Argentina
Speaker: Amanda Barnes


11:45AM – 1:00PM Conference Lunches

Champagne Taittinger
European Garnacha / Grenache Quality Wines
Lodi Wine
Uruguay Wine
Wines of Georgia


1:00PM – 2:15PM Seminars

What’s a “Sommelier Wine”?
Speakers: Julie Dalton MS, Zwann Grays, Brandon Kerne MS, and Stevie Stacionis

We’re Discussing Non-Vinifera Again!
Speakers: Christy Frank and James Sligh

Airports Galore!: Re-Evaluating Old Conceptions (Wines off the Coasts)
Speakers: Alisha Blackwell-Calvert and Jessica Dupuy


2:15PM – 3:45PM EXPO Trade Tasting and Exhibition


3:45PM – 5:00PM Seminars

Mediterranean Chic
Speakers: Christy Canterbury MW and Wayne Belding MS

Rare Grapes of Portugal
Speaker: Junior Vianna MW

Success and Wellness: Balancing Health and Career
Speakers: Rachel Adams, Cara Bertone, Dr. Akilah Cadet, Rachel DelRocco, and Alison Smith-Story


5:00PM – 6:30PM EXPO Trade Tasting and Exhibition


6:30PM – 7:30PM Authors’ Meet-and-Greet

“Italian Wine” Book Release Reception with Shelley Lindgren and the Authors of TEXSOM


Tuesday, August 29th


9:00AM – 10:30AM EXPO Trade Tasting and Exhibition


10:30AM – 11:45AM Seminars

New New Zealand and Avant Garde Australia
Speakers: Elaine Chukan Brown and Christy Frank

Tasting Track: WSET and MW Tasting
Speaker: Dilek Caner MW

Northwest Explorations: Oregon, Washington, and Idaho
Speakers: Samantha Cole-Johnson and Elaine Heide


11:45AM – 1:00PM Conference Lunches

KOBRAND Fine Wine & Spirits
Loire Valley
Louis Jadot & Zind Humbrecht
Lamole di Lamole – Chianti Classico
Wine Australia
Wines of Sicilia DOC


1:00PM – 2:15PM Seminars

Rare Grapes of Italy
Speakers: Marquita Levy-Pennington and Shelley Lindgren

Tasting Track: The Buyers’ Perspective
Speakers: Keith Goldston MS and Danielle Kuzinich

What is Style?
Speakers: Darwin Oniyx Acosta, Susan Lin MW, and Pauline Vicard


2:15PM – 3:45PM EXPO Trade Tasting and Exhibition


3:45PM – 5:00PM Seminars

Rhone Valley
Speaker: Matt Walls MW

Tasting Track: Tasting Aged Wines
Speakers: Sarah Jane Evans MW, Mary Gorman MW, Melissa Monosoff MS, and Sheri Morano MW

Champagne and Sherry: Place or Process?
Speakers: Peter Liem and Francis Percival


5:00PM – 6:00PM Diversity and Opportunity Reception

Meet the organizations who are doing the work to uplift, support, and connect the industry to include Diversity in Wine Leadership Forum and more!


6:00PM – 8:00PM Grand Tasting and Awards Reception