I have a chance to travel to incredible parts of the world, tasting wine with some of the most talented Sommeliers and wine writers in the country, and it is always a great sense of pride when I say I am from Dallas and they say, “Of course. That is where TexSom takes place.”
Nine years ago, Master Sommeliers and Certified Wine Educators James Tidwell, Beverage Director for The Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas and Drew Hendricks, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Rudd Winery, created this three-day event, presented by the not-for-profit organizations the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas and the Guild of Sommeliers, as a way to increase education and awareness amongst the public for the high standards and training involved with becoming a Sommelier, as well as continue education for those who are already on the Sommelier or Master Sommelier path.
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Each year Tidwell and Hendricks, along with their TexSom team, bring tasting seminars and educational overviews to the hundreds of attendees who pack the halls of The Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas, where the event is held annually every summer. The sessions are open to both those in the industry as well as being open to the public for anyone who has an interest in wine from novice to those highly trained. I think three years ago I attended a Sake seminar, not knowing much about the it. Today, I am a true Sake fan and a bit of an aficionado just from the knowledge I gained at the session that helped me understand what to look for in a Sake. Additionally, each year TexSom hosts the Best Sommelier in Texas competition – any prospective Sommeliers in the state have through June 1 to sign up to compete.
Registration for the whole conference, which will be held this year August 10-12, is open now and includes an array of thoughtful seminars, including an overview of ancient world wines from Italy, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, and Turkey; sessions on individual regions and varieties, like Nebbiolo and Tannat, as well as Santa Barbara and Bordeaux; and once again a course on Sake, as well as a full three day professional Sake certification course starting on the 8th. The event wraps up with their annual Grand Tasting and Awards Ceremony on Monday evening, August 12. Full details and registration information available here.