Keeper Collection has distinguished itself in a wide array of fields that are dedicated to food and wine experiences and travel - #SommChat, Somms Under Fire, Wine Ride, Chefs Under Fire, Life Tastings Blog, Life Tastings Videos and Keeper Travel. Keeper has garnered international attention for its creation of #SommChat, a weekly wine education forum on Twitter, held from 12 N- 1 PM EST. Wine and Spirits Magazine wrote that “#SommChat is ‘Wine in 140 characters’ and has garnered an impressive guest list.” The impressive guest list includes international wine professionals and an audience comprised of active participants from around the world. Keeper is on Facebook (Keeper Collection, LLC), Twitter (@keepercoll), and Instagram (@keepercoll)—providing the Finest Blend of Taste and Technology®.
AT&T Hotel and Conference Center at The University of Texas Austin is just a few miles from the airport, As a residentially-accredited IACC conference facility, it proudly features uniquely designed conference spaces and comfortable guest rooms with technology touches you'll come to depend upon. Whether you're in Austin for an educational conference, business, or leisure, AT&T Hotel & Conference Center will make your stay unique and memorable. And their variety of exceptional dining and catering options will have you savoring every moment. Learn more at www.meetattexas.com.
Becky Wasserman and Co. was founded in 1979 by Becky Wasserman-Hone, an American expatriate who has lived in Burgundy since 1968. Becky Wasserman and Co. exports wines from small domaines and shippers in Burgundy, Champagne, Loire Valley, and other French appellations. They do not endorse any single method of vinification or an `ideal' type of wine. Wine is more than a commodity to Becky Wasserman and Co. They believe that wine eases and embellishes peoples' lives. The company website is designed to be informative, educational, provocative, and amusing. Becky Wasserman and Co. follows a simple rule: 'If we won't drink it, we won't sell it'. Sante!
The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas is a membership nonprofit using passion for wine and food to better the health and well-being of our community hosting public wine and food events, educational opportunities and the finest wine auction in the Southwest funding culinary scholarships, educational grants and other deserving causes. To date, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas has enriched the community and the state by awarding over $197,000 in scholarships to culinary arts students, providing $200,000 to the annual Texas Sommelier Conference and giving over $1 million to other worthy organizations through our grants awards program.
The unique cultures, environments, and grape varieties of Austria produce a diverse selection of fine wines. Austrian Wine strives to expose consumers around the globe to these wines. They offer resources for discovering Austrian wine selections and work to educate about their wines. Their motto is quality without compromise and the result, success without exception.
The 2017 Somms Under Fire Cocktail Challenge will feature Pisco Portón Mosto Verde. Pisco Portón Mosto Verde is a super premium pisco handcrafted at the oldest distillery in the Americas, Hacienda La Caravedo, established in 1684 in Ica, Peru. It is a full-bodied, luxurious acholado, or blend, of estate-grown grapes, carefully crafted in the mosto verde style by Master Distiller Johnny Schuler and recognized as the finest type of pisco. Pisco Portón Mosto Verde is the most awarded pisco in the world with over 150 international spirits awards and is the #1 exported pisco from Peru.
This year, Somms Under Fire contestants will be challenged to create a Craft Cocktail Recipe using Pisco Portón Mosto Verde. They will be required to present a personal narrative with their selected ingredients, garnish, style, and presentation of Pisco Porton Mosto Verde Cocktail.
Craft Bartender and Director of Bars and Beverage at La Corsha Hospitality Group, Cocktail Judge Jason Stevens will judge the contestants on their Pisco Porton Mosto Verde Cocktail creations. The winner of the Cocktail Challenge will get a competitive advantage in the main Somms Under Fire competition.
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.