2018 Somms Under Fire Sponsors

2018 Somms Under Fire Sponsors

Somms Under Fire Presenting Sponsor

Keeper Collection, LLC

Keeper Collection is a distinguished wine and food experience, event and travel company that operates #SommChat, Somms Under Fire, Wine Ride, Chefs Under Fire, Life Tastings Blog, and Keeper Travel. Keeper has received international attention for its creation of #SommChat, a weekly wine education forum on Twitter, held every Wednesday, from 12-1 PM EST. Wine and Spirits Magazine says, “#SommChat is ‘Wine in 140 characters’ and has garnered an impressive guest list.” Guests include international wine professionals and an audience comprised of active participants from around the world. Connect with Keeper Collection on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for the Finest Blend of Taste and Technology®.

Somms Under Fire Sponsors

TexSom Conference

TEXSOM was founded on an idealistic vision to advance the beverage service industry and elevate standards in a constant quest for excellence. The focus was and remains education, camaraderie and authenticity. Today, the TEXSOM Sommelier Conference draws more than 1,200 attendees, mostly sommeliers and other beverage industry professionals for two days of workshops, tasting opportunities, and networking. The speakers and judges constitute a who’s who list of the nation’s top wine professionals. Dozens of Master Sommeliers (MS), Certified Wine Educators (CWE), Masters of Wine (MW) and other respected industry professionals are integral parts of the conference.

Texsom International Wine Awards

The TEXSOM International Wine Awards is one of the largest, most respected, and longest-running wine competitions in the United States. The judges list reads like a who’s who of the beverage business, including Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, and industry category experts. Recognition of the quality of the wines includes the Sommelier Panel. The Sommelier Panel is unique to TEXSOM International Wine Awards, and consists of prominent sommeliers from around the country who write expository content following the awarding of medals by judges during the blind tasting.

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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

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!


Pen & Tell Us creates the stories that get people talking about you. They are a full-service marketing communications agency that connects people with brands. Pen & Tell Us is a nimble team of seasoned PR, Advertising, Graphic Design and Web Design pros that provide a combination of integrated marketing services to help companies connect with target markets and achieve business results. They use storytelling to bring brands to life in the food and beverage industry.

Somms Under Fire Official Champagne Sponsor

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Champagne Taittinger is one of the last remaining major marque Champagne Houses, both owned and actively managed by the family named on the label. Champagne Taittinger is the second largest vineyard or domaine owner in the region giving them ultimate control of quality from vine to bottle. The Champagnes are Chardonnay dominant, which gives them their signature elegance, delicacy and finesse. Champagne Taittinger is widely distributed around the world in 140 countries.

Somms Under Fire VIP and Fan Favorite Sponsor

Washington State Wine

Washington State Wine (WSW) represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSW provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987.

Somms Under Fire Cocktail Challenge Sponsor

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The 2018 Somms Under Fire Cocktail Challenge featured Citadelle Gin de France. Citadelle Gin is produced in the South-West of France, the birthplace of another fine spirit. As it was produced in the 17th century, Citadelle Gin is distilled in small copper pot stills with a naked flame. Using centuries old know-how passed down through five generations of master distillers, Alexandre Gabriel and the Pierre Ferrand cellar master have brought back to market a complex, refined and elegant gin.

This year, Somms Under Fire contestants were challenged to create a Craft Cocktail Recipe using Citadelle Gin de France. They were required to present a personal narrative with their selected ingredients, garnish, style, and presentation of Citadelle Gin de France.

Craft Bartender and Director of Bars and Beverage at La Corsha Hospitality Group, Cocktail Judge Jason Stevens was joined by Master Sommelier David Keck of Goodnight Charlie's in Houston, Texas to pick the winner of the 2018 Somms Under Fire Citadelle Gin de France Cocktail Champion. The winner won a competitive advantage in the main Somms Under Fire competition.

Somms Under Fire Repour Wine Saver Sponsor

Repour Wine Saver

Repour is a very smart wine preservation stopper and a game changer for preserving wine. Inside each stopper, Repour’s oxygen-absorbing materials continuously and actively remove the harmful oxygen from your wine, keeping it wonderfully fresh for as long as you enjoy the bottle, whether days, weeks, or months.

Repour was invented by Chemist and wine lover Tom Lutz. Repour is the first and only wine preservation product to utilize active and continuous oxygen absorption to eliminate ALL of the oxygen in the wine. That makes Repour the most effective, and easiest, wine preservation method available.

Somms Under Fire Magnum of Excellence Sponsor

Broadbent Wines

The 2018 Magnum of Excellence was given to the finalist with the highest score on the entrance exam. The winner was awarded a Magnum of 2009 Chateau Musar Rouge, presented by Broadbent Selections.

  • Champagne Sponsor
  • SUF Competition Wine  Sponsor
  • Cocktail Challenge Sponsor
  • VIP & Fan Favorite Sponsor
  • Sommelier Grant Award Sponsor
  • Marketing Agency
  • Repour Wine Saver Sponsor

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