Texas has 177 wineries and 280 commercial vineyards. The folks behind GO TEXAN want to discuss them all. Hence, the GO TEXAN DrinkLocalWine.com Conference 2009, set for Aug. 14 & 15 at Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts Dallas. Plan to hang with local wine writers, food bloggers, columnists, sommeliers, producers, and growers.
The conference will include three seminars, focusing on trends in Texas wine, the distinctive grapes that Texans are using to make those wines, and how consumers can work to get more regional wines in stores and restaurants. The final event of the day will be a Texas Twitter Tasting, moderated by Russ Kane of Vintage Texas, where participants will “be able to taste some of the state’s top wines and blog or Twitter at the same time.” Full schedule here.
Then on Sunday and Monday, August 16 and 17th, the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and the Texas Sommelier Association will host the Annual Texas Sommelier Conference (TexSom), at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Colinas.
The general public is invited to attend five classes on Sunday, August 16th and the grand tasting on Monday evening, August 17 where wine professionals and the public meet to taste world-class wines and witness the announcement of Texas’ Best Sommelier 2009.
Each class offers at least six wines to taste and lasts one hour and fifteen minutes. Courses open to the public include: Pinot Noir, Sake, Austria, Rioja, and Northern Rhone.
Speakers include some of the nation’s top wine professionals: Master Sommeliers (MS), Certified Wine Educators, one Master of Wine (MW) and other respected wine educators.
A separate set of courses, designed exclusively for the trade and media, are offered on Monday. Click here to register for both the public and trade sessions.
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Public registration for the entire day is $75, or courses may be taken individually. Trade/media-only courses provide a deeper level of expertise to industry professionals, including those working toward their Master Sommelier certification.
While the courses are conducted, the competition for Texas’ Best Sommelier runs behind the scenes. The prize for the winner includes round-trip tickets, tuition, and scholarship money to be used for a Court of Master Sommeliers certification program.
The Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas in located in Irving, between Dallas and Fort Worth at 4150 North MacArthur Boulevard, Irving, Texas 75038.
Sunday, August 16 – (PUBLIC SESSIONS)
9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Courses include Pinot Noir, Sake, Austria, Rioja, and Northern Rhone. ALL-DAY PASS ONLY $75. Individual courses run $25 each. Lunch at the Four Seasons may be purchased for $45.
Monday, August 17 – (LIMITED TO MEDIA AND TRADE)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Courses include Management of a Beverage Program, Aperitifs, Cooler-climate Australia, Texas, and The Napa Valley (valley floor versus hillside). Registration is free, and lunch at the Four Seasons may be purchased for $45.
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Grand tasting – OPEN TO ALL, $65 per person.
The TexSom Conference Background
TexSom and the Texas’ Best Sommelier Competition was founded by James Tidwell, MS, CWE, Sommelier at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas; Drew Hendricks, MS, CWE, Director of Beverage Education for Pappas Restaurants in Houston; and Guy Stout, MS, Education Director for Southern/Glazer’s Distributors.
FOR MORE INFORMATION on the TexSom Conference or the Texas Sommelier Association, visit www.texsom.com.
FOR MORE INFORMATION on The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas visit www.winefoodfoundation.org.