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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.

Watch the video below to hear what Master Sommelier James Tidwell, co-founder of TEXSOM and TEXSOM IWA , told industry professionals about 2019 Somms Under Fire.

2019 Somms Under Fire Finalists

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As the fifth generation of his family pursuing a career in the hospitality industry, I'm working towards the completion of my Master Sommelier diploma. I currently work at the Illinois Market Manager for DNS Wines, as well as a sommelier at Spiaggia.

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I have been involved in all facets of the wine business from restaurant wine programs to retail wine programs to distribution to importing. I am currently sitting for the theory portion of the Master Sommelier Exam. I started my own import company in 2014 and work with great producers. Every day is a great day when you’re out peddling the Devils Juice

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My life is dedicated to wine.

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2019 Somms Under Fire Alternates

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.

His interest in...

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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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2018 Somms Under Fire Preview Video

Watch Master Sommeliers Devon Broglie and June Rodil explain their favorite parts of the must attend event, Somms Under Fire.