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Great news! 2017 Somms Under Fire Tickets are now on sale.


If you’re a Wine and Food lover, you know that the Perfect Pairing can truly make or break a meal. No matter which comes first, the food or the libation, knowing the Basics of Pairing is a critical component of getting the most out of a culinary experience.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 29, 2017 for Somms Under Fire 2017! Check back here regularly for updates and the latest additions to the sponsors and prizes!

2017 SUF Sponsors
2017 SUF Prizes

2017 Somms Under Fire Finalists

Eric Crane

Eric S. Crane, a Georgia native, is the Director of Training and Business Development for Empire Distributors, Inc. He has achieved the title of Certified Wine Educator from the Society of Wine Educators and the title of Advanced Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Eric also serves on the Board of Directors for the Guild of Sommeliers. As Empire’s Director of Training, he regularly teaches classes on wine and spirits to his company...

Hai Tran

With a background in science from Duke University, the wine industry was not the immediately obvious career path for Hai. A first generation Vietnamese-American, wine had virtually no presence during his upbringing in Orlando, FL. It was during his time working in the restaurant industry that helped ignite his passion in the world of wine and heed a new calling. Hai has served as sommelier of the Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond Herons...

Jill Zimorski

University of Virginia graduate and Advanced Sommelier Jill Zimorski has been in the restaurant and wine business for more than a decade. She has worked at many restaurants such as Palette at the Madison Hotel in Washington D.C., Charlie Palmer Steak, Café Atlantico, Zaytinya,...


2013 Judges

Scott Ota

From Houston, TX, Ota moved to Austin after college and began his career in wine and food at Restaurant Jezebel, moving on to serve at the likes of Perry's Steakhouse, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and The Hyatt. In 2013 he was named one of the Top 10 Sommeliers in Austin by the Austin...


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