The winner of 2017 Somms Under Fire is awarded a once-in-a-lifetime Wine Internship in Burgundy, France, with a renowned Burgundy expert. In 2016, the Internship was led by Burgundy Author and Expert, Jasper Morris.
This Internship includes accommodations in Burgundy during the wine program. In addition to the learning experience, the winning Sommelier will visit winemakers, their vineyards, and taste in their caves. They will also taste and serve the wines during the program’s tastings & dinners. This Internship is sponsored by Becky Wasserman & Co.
As the Fan Favorite Sponsor, Wines of Austria will award an educational wine trip to Austria for the Fan Favorite Sommelier and a selected Somms Under Fire Sommelier volunteer.
The recipients of the Austria trip will attend the Austrian Wine Summit 2017 (May 8-12, 2017) which gives participants an in-depth view at a selected region and/or area of Austria at the Master level. During this trip, participants attend a number of focused tastings and seminars, dine at local, renowned restaurants of Austria, and experience Austrian wine culture like never before. Highlights of the trip include the official opening ceremony Orangerie Schoenbrunn on May 8th and an evening gala on May 11th. All air travel, accommodations, transport, and meals are covered for the duration of the trip.
The 2017 Magnum of Excellence is given to the finalist with the highest entry test score. The winner will be awarded with a magnum of 2011 Domaine Patríck Baudouín Quarts de Chaume Les Zersilles, presented by Loire Valley Winemaker Patríck Baudouín.