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“One of the coolest moments of TEXSOM IWA for me was getting the opportunity to write about a winemaker whom I met recently at Houston Sommelier Association. I was able to look back in my own notes and use his words to add context to my review. It made reviewing the wine more personal. Plus, it gave me the chance to really lock in the theoretical knowledge for myself while sharing with others.” - Matt Crawford #sommchat #texsom #texsomiwa #sommelierretreat #sommercamp

“Having attended several times as a Retreat Participant & this year to return as a Mentor has been a great way for me to continue to be involved. This is such a valuable event and to pay forward all of the help and kindnesses extended towards me through the years makes me so happy and grateful. The retreat has become so rich with learning opportunities that I’m just thrilled to play a small part in it.” -Jill Zimorski #sommchat #texsom #texsomiwa #sommelierretreat #sommercamp #mentoring

“The Somm Retreat has been one of the most impactful experiences in my career. The schedule is packed with activities. the dreaded service practical was my favorite part. Being thrown into the service scenarios in front of a panel of my peers. Being uncomfortable with not knowing what comes next, and whether I’d be able to keep my composure under pressure, answer questions, while performing a difficult, mechanical task that I haven’t necessarily been exposed to or have practiced before.” -Justyna Brewczyk #sommchat #texsom #texsomiwa #sommelierretreat #sommercamp

“It’s amazing to see how much this retreat has grown since I first came here in 2015. The opportunities offered to the participants are invaluable and really showcase the spirit of what TEXSOM is all about-a community that continues to mentor and help those who work hard and want to learn. Almost all of the mentors here were at one point on the other side of the table. It’s an amazing feeling to see it come full circle.” -Andrey Ivanov MS #sommchat #texsom #texsomiwa #sommelierretreat #sommercamp

Mentoring Sommelier Retreaters on honing blind tasting techniques is one of the most rewarding and gratifying aspects of the entire event. Max Kast (on the far right in the image) and all the Masters were impressed by the talent and determination of our colleagues.

When great minds come together... The Sommelier Retreat offers a round table discussion to discover opportunities and challenges for both on and off premise buyers, distributors, and suppliers alike. The panel of esteemed mentors guide our diverse group of Somm Retreaters in a free and open think tank about anything from wine tariffs, how to write user friendly wine list, cannabis wine, the “neo-temperance movement” to service standards in the modern era, no topic off limits. #texsomiwa #sommretreat #sommchat #texsom

Pro tip: when packing to work behind the scenes at #TEXSOM or #TEXSOMIWA you should skip that extra suit and pack the extra shoes instead. Variety is key when you’re clocking +20k steps a day. Also, if you ever find yourself in a pinch (pun intended), Amazon delivers. 😏🙌🏼😎 #texsom #texsomiwa #texsomprotip #sommchat #wechosethislife #smarternotharder

With 25 years of wine industry experience, who better to give us insight into the Sommelier Mentor Program @texsomiwa than Master #Sommelier Scott Tyree @scott_tyree_ms? Working as a #wine and #hospitality consultant, in 2019 Scott became the first Master Sommelier in the state of #Maine. Scott started his career in #Chicago and was offered the position of Wine Director at @restauranttru alongside James Beard Award winning chefs Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand. During his 8-year years there, he received many accolades including being twice chosen as Best Sommelier by the Jean Banchet Awards (a peer-given award by Chicago restaurant industry members); a @foundationbeard Semi-Finalist for Outstanding Wine Service in 2004; @wine_spectator Grand Award 2004; and Best New Wine List from @foodandwine in 2001. In 2007, Tyree joined @hdhwine, an internationally recognized fine wine auction house, as a wine buyer and marketing specialist. In 2009, after a return to the restaurant floor as the Wine Director of Michelin-starred @sepiachicago, Tyree was once again chosen as Best Sommelier by the Jean Banchet Awards for an unprecedented third time. 👊💪 As a #sommelier and consultant, Tyree has been featured in publications such as @nytimes, @chicagotribune , Food and Wine, @bonappetitmag and Wine Spectator. The Sommeliers at the TEXSOM IWA Retreat are fortunate to have the chance to learn from Scott Tyree, as is Keeper Collection to have him on our reporter team. #sommchat

The Sommelier Retreat offers sommeliers and other wine pros from around the country the rareopportunity to be mentored by Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine and wine journalists. The talent and excellence of the Sommelier Retreat participants is inspiring. #texsomiwa #sommchat

Reporting for Keeper Collection @TEXSOMIWA on the ‘Sommelier Retreat’ is the multi-talented #wine professional, Cat Nguyen, whose interest in wine started at an early age. Cat began her journey with her first wine program at the age of 21! Over a ten year span, she oversaw well-regarded wine programs in restaurants throughout the #Houston, Texas area. For the last 5 years, Cat has focused her wine knowledge and expertise in distribution as a Vanguard representative for Republic National Distributing Company, @___rndcusa_____ . She holds an Advanced Certification with the @wsetglobal, is a Certified Specialist of Wine with @SocietyofWineEducators. and a Certified Sommelier with @MasterSommeliers_Americas. Cat works tirelessly on both @texsomIWA and @texsom to help other #Sommeliers expand their knowledge in the beverage industry. We look forward to Cat’s view of the educational opportunities that the #Sommeliers are offered this year. #sommchat

Behind the scene and rarely seen is the Sommelier Retreat!! TEXSOM IWA offers a unique opportunity for sommeliers to attend seminars, blind tastings, service practicals, and have personalized mentorship programs. Yesterday, 45 sommeliers, 15 Master Sommeliers, and 6 wine writers from all over the country landed in Dallas for this specific occasion. Stay tuned as we provide the inside scoop on being what it’s like to be a Somm Retreat participant. #sommchat #sommretreat #texsomiwa #texsom @ Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

Want to know more about what happens behind the scene @texsomiwa on the Judges Panels? Who better to be on the KeeperColl reporting team than Alexandra Cherniavsky, Advanced #Sommelier with @MasterSommeliers_Americas and Certified Specialist of #Wine through @SocietyofWineEducators. #Hospitality has been a part of Alexandra’s life since an early age, when she worked at her parents’ restaurant in Oxford, Pennsylvania on the weekends. With a degree in theater arts and art history from @RutgersU, Alex worked her way up to #Somm with mentorship from Owner/Sommelier Francis Schott at @stagelefteats, a steakhouse with a 900-bottle wine list. By 2013, Cherniavsky was ready for her first role as a #wine director and moved to #Philadelphia to lead the wine team at Le Bec Fin. Next, she became wine director at Justin Bogle’s @Avancephilly, earning Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence” in 2014. She followed up with another winning wine list at Jose Garces’ Amada. While there, the restaurant won @Wine_Spectator “Award of Excellence” in 2015 and 2016, as well as a place on their list of the “10 Best Spanish Wine Lists in America” in 2016. In 2017, she joined @starrrestaurant family as the #beverage manager @TheLovephilly, which was named one of @Esquire “Best New Restaurants of 2018.” Can’t wait to see this part of #TEXSOMIWA through Alexandra’s eyes! Photo credit to @starchefs. #sommchat

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To drink the #wines of a #winery with the #winemakers and eat #food prepared by the #chefs for the #wine is so lovely and tonight with @gdangerville & @rajatparr provided us with added knowledge not to mention just pure pleasure thanks to all who made this happen in #austintexas #sommchat

Love when we #travel and find a bar that makes their #cocktails with @taittingerusa #champagne if you find yourself in #Frankfurt #germany🇩🇪 check out John F Kennedy Bar @villakennedy1901 and ask for the JFK 🍾#cocktail #sommchat

Thanks to @vomboden for another chance to learn about #German #wine and this time we had the pleasure to learn about @julian.haart #wines. Nadine Haart is a wealth of knowledge and shared much about the intensity with which she and Julian approach their #winemaking and attention to every detail in the vineyards and in the cellar. This is a small estate of 5 HA so keep your eyes searching to find these #wines if possible. #sommchat

When you drive after an early dinner towards your room on the #Mosel river in #bernkastelkues #travels to #germany🇩🇪 #wine region become magical. You feel as if time has stopped and you are floating in total peace over the water and through the mountains 🏔.

What a delightful afternoon for some #wine education @j._b._becker in the #Rheingau thanks to @vomboden we got to see #vineyard management, a cellar visit, and of course taste the wines. We can’t wait to try the #trocken #wines with #japanese dishes as was recommended. #Sommchat

For all those #Sommeliers that are studying and those #wine enthusiasts that just love trivia - here we go with a clue from #heidelberg #germany🇩🇪 : Q. Where is the largest wooden wine Barrel ever to be made, when was it built, and what is its capacity? A. In the cellar of @heidelberg_castle , there stands a large wooden barrel with a capacity of 220,000 liters (58,000 gallons) which was built in 1751. This was built by the King and put in the kitchen of the castle to entertain and impress his guests. The only problem: It leaked! Well at least it shows the presence of the wine culture in the area in that time period. #sommchat #travelforwine

Important lesson learned in southern #Corsica while at lunch @hotelgoeland in #portovecchio: don’t worry if the sky is overcast and it is raining like in the pic in the upper left hand corner because in Southern Corsica 5 minutes later your view will change and the sun ☀️ will shine and the #mediterraneansea water will be clear and blue again like in the other 3 pictures #travelislife

In Old Town #bonifacio #corsica you can find a family restaurant called Stella D’Oro “Chez Jules” established in 1965. Upper left hand pic is a local dish called Aubergines Bonifacienne by some. It is a very traditional dish and this one has now become our ‘best ever’ Eggplant Parmesan which paired beautifully with Canerelli Rose. The bottom left is a fresh local area John Dory fish with olive oil, lemon butter parsley sauce along with sides of potatoes tomatoes and onions. What a lovely lunch in the old town. #sommchat

What is the first thing you should do after #flying into the #Ajaccio airport in #Corsica??? Find the closest seaside restaurant (la table du marche at hotel les Mouettes was a good choice) with the table closest to the water and order a bottle of Clos Canarelli Blanc - #lifeisgood❤️ thanks @ianmccaff @rootstockwinesatx and @lylerailsback @kermitlynchwine for introducing us to this #winery. Stay tuned to learn more about these #wines when we visit and taste their this coming week. #sommchat

What a lovely surprise to have some #burgundy tastings with @yannickbenjamin and @heiditurzyn and then to share a magnum of @domaine_michel_lafarge Rose 2017 in #Bouilland with the @beckywasserman.co team. From the first tasting together @benjaminlerouxwines to dinner last night each moment was a treat. Also a shout out to @elizabeth.gabaymw on the rose for her book! #Sommchat

Always great to see @nico_rossignol while in #burgundy to hear about all he is doing in the vineyard and cellar to make his #burgundy #wines. #Sommchat #domainenicolasrossignol

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