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A Wine and Food Pairing Competition

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.

Congratulations to the Winner of 2019 Somms Under Fire, Advanced Sommelier Phil Laramore

Advanced Sommelier Phil Laramore
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2019 Somms Under Fire Broadbent Selections Wine VIP Tasting

Broadbent Selections hosted the VIP wine tasting and education on wines of South Africa. The VIP ticket holders had exclusive access to 60 minutes of education presented by Master Sommelier Max Kast and SVP/Marketing Director Cat Miles.

Somms Under Fire Amador Whiskey Co. Cocktail Challenge

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The 2019 Somms Under Fire Cocktail Challenge featured Amador Whiskey Co, a company that is passionate about making limited-production, luxury bourbon whiskey. Their first creation was Amador Whiskey 10-Barrel, a California straight hop-flavored whiskey crafted with Charbay® Distillers and finished in their Trinchero family Chardonnay oak barrels. Their second offering, Amador Whiskey Co. Double Barrel, marries the best of Kentucky Bourbon with Napa Valley wine barrel finishing.

2019 Somms Under Fire Featured Foreign & Domestic, Salt & Time, Trace, and Antonelli's Cheese Shop

Upon being seated the audience was served with platters from Foreign & Domestic that included Country Pate with pickles, herbs, and mustard as well as Butternut Squash Tartine with farmers cheese, pecans and pomegranate seeds

Course 1: Dry Aged Beef Carpaccio, 45 Day Dry Aged Peeler Ranch Akaushi Ribeye, Anchovies, Salt Brined Mustang Grapes, Texas EVOO, Eden East Farm Herbs & Flowers (Salt & Time)

Course 2: Spice Crusted Loin of Lamb, Fennel barigoule, apple butter, purple cabbage, crispy sunchokes (Trace)

Course 3: Antonelli's Cheese Selection, Raw Goat Cheddar (LaClare Farms), Der Sharfe Maxx (Hostettler Selection), Bianco Sardo (Mitica)

2019 Somms Under Fire Finalists

Advanced Sommelier Phil Laramore

My humble beginnings in the wine business began when I won a servers contest for selling the most Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet at the Auburn Hotel and Conference Center while attending Auburn University and studying Finance. The prize was a weekend at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. It really opened my eyes for how much I didn’t know but wanted to know. I have been involved in all facets of the wine business from running restaurant...

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After years of training under Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey at FrascaFood and Wine in Boulder, David set off on his own and is now Wine Director of Shanahan’s Steakhouse in the Denver Tech Center. He plans to sit for the Advanced Exam in March of 2019 and continue his journey to become a Master Sommelier. His hobbies include real estate and traveling the world with his beautiful wife Sarah.

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Kat’s contagious energy, love and passion for wine came to reality when she was offered a Sommelier position at Aria in 2012. Kat has been a fixture in the Las Vegas service industry with tenures at Bellagio, Aria and the Cosmopolitan. Her peers refer to her as Wine Goddess and she is usually found carrying a small saber in case there are bubbles in need of opening.

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2019 Somms Under Fire Judges

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While studying History at the University of Montana, Max Kast supported himself by working in restaurants and wine bars. With a pocket full of tip money, he purchased a bottle of 1991 Chateau Musar Rouge and fell completely in love with wine. After graduating with a BA, he decided to forego the...

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Master Sommelier David Keck discovered his love for wine while pursuing a career — and traveling the world — as an opera singer.

David passed his Master Sommelier exam in 2016, making him the 149th American Master Sommelier and the 233rd in the world. Shortly after, David co-founded...

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Master Sommelier Melissa Monosoff,  Education Director, The Court of Master Sommeliers Americas

Ms. Monosoff is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has honed her skills at the top restaurants in Philadelphia as a cook, sommelier, bartender and beverage director. These restaurants are among the nest in the region, including the Fountain Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel,...

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Master Sommelier James Tidwell,  TexSom/TexSom IWA co-founder

Together with fellow Master Sommelier Drew Hendricks, James Tidwell founded TEXSOM in 2005. The conference has become the premiere professional beverage education event in the country, attracting a prominent list of attendees, presenters, and sponsors from around the world.

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2019 Somms Under Fire Emcees

Devon Broglie

Devon Broglie became a Master Sommelier in 2011. He has spent tens of thousands of hours studying, tasting, and selling wine. Broglie is intimately familiar with the wine regions of the world, the grapes that they grow, and the laws that govern them, as well as what factors influence the look, smell, taste, and ultimately the value of a wine. As he puts it: Being a Master Sommelier doesn’t define who I am as a person or a professional but I hope it validates the passion and dedication I have for assessing and selecting incredible wines to offer our customers.

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June Rodil

June Rodil, a Manila native and University of Texas graduate, was an exceptional student and has worked with several of Austin’s finest restaurant groups, including La Corsha (Congress), Qui and Uchi.

In 2015, on her third attempt to earn the accreditation, Rodil became one of only seven sommeliers in to earn her master sommelier pin. She was just the third woman in Texas to earn the master ranking and one of fewer than two dozen in North America. While she acknowledges that it’s special to be among the group, Rodil doesn’t view the achievement through a gender-specific lens. “I...

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2019 Somms Under Fire Cocktail Challenge Judges

Watch Master Sommeliers Devon Broglie and June Rodil talk about their favorite parts of the must attend event, Somms Under Fire. Make sure to get your tickets before they are sold out!