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Check back with us regularly for updates and the latest additions to the sponsors and prizes for Somms Under Fire 2017!

2017 SUF Sponsors
2017 SUF Prizes

Congratulations to the winner of Somms Under Fire 2016, Advanced Sommelier Luke Boland!


Somms Under Fire Chopin Vodka Cocktail Challenge

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Napa Valley Vintners

A special thanks to Napa Valley Vintners for hosting our VIP wine tasting! The VIP ticket holders had exclusive access to 90 minutes of Wine Tasting and Education on Napa Valley Wines from the four famous winemakers below!

Rosemary Cakebread

Rosemary Cakebread is among the seasoned winemakers who have been instrumental in bringing Napa Valley Cabernet to prominence. After earning a degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis in 1979, she was introduced to Cabernet Sauvignon at the historic Inglenook...

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Michael Eddy, who grew up in Southern California, became fascinated by the process of transforming grapes into wine after brewing beer at home. “The complexity of wine has always intrigued me,” explains Michael. “The idea of navigating all of the steps it takes to bring out different flavors in...

Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Sara Fowler

Sara Fowler joined Peju as the Winemaker in the summer of 2006, bringing a wealth of knowledge and creativity into the cellar. Sara's passion for Bordeaux varietals and knack for innovative blending make her the perfect fit to lead Peju's winemaking team.Sara cut her teeth in the wine industry...

Chris Hall

The ambassador of Long Meadow Ranch’s portfolio of family-run businesses, Chris is Executive Vice President - Long Meadow Ranch & Affiliates. Chris leads the sales, marketing and destination activities directed at achieving the family’s mission to produce and purvey world-class wine and food...


The 2016 Somms Under Fire wines for the VIP tasting include:

Greeting Wine:

2014 PEJU Rose' of Syrah

First flight:

2014 Long Meadow Ranch Winery Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford, Napa Valley

2014 PEJU Chardonnay Napa Valley

2012 Louis M Martini Winery Cellar No. 254 Meritage Napa Valley

2013 Gallica Estate Vineyard Petite Sirah Napa Valley

Second Flight:

2012 Long Meadow Ranch Winery E.J. Church Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2012 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

2012 PEJU Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2012 Louis Martini Winery Lot 1 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Courses Featured at Somms Under Fire 2016

Course 1: Smoked Trout, Chickpea Purée, Poached Pears, and Almonds - Chef Andrew Curren, ELM Restaurant Group

Course 2: Braised Windy Hill Foods Goat, Polenta, and Roasted Sunchokes - Chef Andrew Curren, ELM Restaurant Group

Course 3: Antonelli's Cheese Selection - Cana de Oveja: pasteurized sheep's milk, Lorenzo Abellan, Murcia, Spain; Goat Gouda: pasteurized goat's milk and cream Central Coast Creamery, Paso Robles, California; Mycella Blue: pasteurized cow's milk Denmark's Tradition, Bornholm, Holland

A special thanks to Chef Andrew Curren of ELM Restaurant Group for creating our first two courses for the event. They were a hit!

Competition Wines Featured at Somms Under Fire 2016

2007 Ferrari Perle

2013 Chateau Paul Mas Blanc Belluguette

2012 Achaval Ferrer Quimera

2008 Arinzano La Casona

2014 Sérol “Eclat de granite” Côte Roannaise

2012 Elizabeth Spencer Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 A.A.Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc

2014 Weingut – Huber Terrassen Gruner Veltliner

2014 Domaine Laroche Chablis Saint Martin

The 3 Finalists for Somms Under Fire 2016

2016 Somms Under Fire Finalists

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After working at Del Posto for the past three years, Luke Boland is now taking over as Wine Director at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's first restaurant in New York City in the last decade, called La Sirena in Chelsea. Luke will also be sitting...

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Advanced Sommelier Blake Leja is a District Manager at Signature Luxury Wine & Spirits and currently studying for his Masters Diploma with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

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Ryan is a Manager and Sommelier at Ruth Chris Steakhouse in Boise, Idaho. As a Certified Sommelier, he is studying for his Advanced Exam through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and is determined to give Idaho some street cred. He works diligently to help other Sommeliers learn their craft. When not...


2016 Judges, Chefs, and Emcee

Master Sommelier Craig  Collins

Master Sommelier Craig Collins serves as Beverage Director for ELM Restaurant Group. He is an active member in the Court of Master Sommeliers and frequently serves as a featured Speaker and Judge...

Burgundy Winemaker Nicolas Rossignol

Nicolas Rossignol is one of the best examples of a new generation of Burgundy Winemakers whose great wines lie in the future rather than the past, entering the fray in 1994. Born in 1974, he represents the 5th generation of vine growers on the soils of Volnay. After completing his technical...

Peju Winemaker Sara Fowler

Sara Fowler joined Peju as the Winemaker in the summer of 2006, bringing a wealth of knowledge and creativity into the cellar. Sara's passion for Bordeaux varietals and knack for innovative blending make her the perfect fit to lead Peju's winemaking team.Sara...

Wine Expert Peter Wasserman

The son of the founder of Becky Wasserman & Co., Becky Wasserman Hone, Peter Wasserman acts as the company’s global wine consultant and is based between Burgundy, where the company is headquartered, and New York City.

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Andrew Curren is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a valedictorian graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York. He worked with internationally renowned restaurateurs Danny Meyer and Jonathan...

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June Rodil is the Beverage Director of McGuire Moorman Hospitality, overseeing the wine, beer and spirits programs at six of Austin’s most popular restaurants: Jeffrey’s, Josephine House, Clark’s,...

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Jason Stevens is more than a bartender. As the director of bars and beverage for La Corsha Hospitality Group, he presides over the drinks at Bar Congress, Second Bar + Kitchen and its...


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