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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.

Great news! 2019 Somms Under Fire Tickets are now on sale.

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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!

2019 Somms Under Fire Finalists

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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 MS Bobby Stuckey at Frasca Food 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 Spring of 2019 and continue his journey to become a Master Sommelier.

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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

Master Sommelier Max Kast,  Regional Sales Manager at Broadbent Selections

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, Partner at Goodnight Hospitality

From retail sales to distribution to running multiple beverage programs, Keck has been involved in many aspects of the service industry. He was Food and Wine Magazine’s Sommeliers of the Year in 2016 and is one of only 157 Master Sommeliers in this country, He recently founded Goodnight...

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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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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.

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.