NEW DATE THIS YEAR – SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018
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 2018. The competition will be held Saturday, August 11, 2018 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
Application deadline is May 4, 2018. You will be notified prior to TEXSOM opening registration if you are one of the 25 competitors in the TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition 2018.
Competitors are also encouraged to volunteer at the TEXSOM Conference and can apply to volunteer on the volunteer page of our website. The conference team will take into consideration your availability to volunteer and compete when planning your schedules.
TEXSOM BEST SOMMELIER COMPETITION ELIGIBILITY
- Applicants must be 21 years of age or older.
- Applicants must be a current resident of Texas or contiguous states (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma)
- Competitors can not have achieved Advanced Sommelier Certification or higher with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
- Previous TEXSOM Best Sommelier winners are not eligible to apply.
Please be prepared to provide two years of work or educational history and a recent headshot and bio for our website.
The winner will be announced at the TEXSOM Conference Grand Tasting and Awards Reception on Monday, August 13, 2018.
- TEXSOM Best Sommelier Winners
- 2017 Andres Blanco
- 2016 Rachel DelRocco
- 2015 Nathan Fausti
- 2014 Joelle Cousins
- 2013 Scott Ota
- 2012 Ryan Tedder
- 2011 Bill Elsey
- 2010 Jason Huerta
- 2009 June Rodil
- 2008 Scott Barber
- 2007 Mark Sayre
- 2006 Devon Broglie
- 2005 Kim Wallace