Thank you for your interest in applying to compete in the TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition.  The application period is now closed.  Those who have applied will receive notification of whether they were accepted to compete prior to conference registration opening.

The TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition is judged by Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine from around the globe during the TEXSOM conference. We are accepting applicants from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Mexico to compete for the title of TEXSOM’S Best Sommelier 2019. The competition will be held Sunday, August 18, 2019 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. The competition includes a tasting exam, practical service exam and written theory exam.

The following Scholarships will be rewarded from the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation to be used for a Court of Master Sommeliers certification program.

  • 1st  Place: $2,500 Scholarship
  • 2nd  Place:  $1,500 Scholarship
  • 3rd  Place: $1,000 Scholarship

If you are selected to compete, the conference team will take into consideration your availability to volunteer and compete when planning your schedules.


  • Applicants must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Competitors can not have achieved Advanced Sommelier Certification or higher
    with the Court of Master Sommeliers
  • TEXSOM Best Sommelier Winners are not eligible to compete in future years
  • Please be prepared to provide two years of work or educational history and a
    recent headshot and bio for our website. If you do not currently have a headshot
    and bio you may provide them at a later date.

The winner will be announced at the TEXSOM Conference Grand Tasting and Awards
Reception on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

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Conference Venue and Host Hotel

Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas is a proponent of the beverage and hospitality professions and of training and education.

For these reasons, the resort has been a major sponsor of the TEXSOM Conference from its inception.

A limited room block is available at the Four Seasons to registered conference attendees only. Rates range from $235 to $255 per night. Click here to reserve your room

Additional Recommended Accommodations

Omni Mandalay Hotel

Room block available from $169 per night

Reserve your room by calling (972) 556-0800

Please mention TEXSOM
Reservation cut-off: July 18, 2019

221 East Las Colinas Ave.
Irving, TX 75039

La Quinta by Wyndham

Room block available from $109 per night

Reserve your room by calling (866) 527-1498

Please mention TEXSOM
Reservation cut-off date: by 6:00pm CDT, July 31, 2019

4225 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, TX 75038

Holiday Inn Las Colinas

Room block available for $109 per night

Rates include:
Buffet breakfast per day
Complimentary shuttle within a 3 mile radius of the Holiday Inn Las Colinas
Complimentary parking

Reserve your room by calling (972) 659-1600

Please mention TEXSOM
Reservation cut-off date: by 5:00pm CDT, July 26, 2019

110 W.John Carpenter Free-way Irving, TX 75039