In Texas and Interested in Wine? Plan to Attend TEXSOM 2010, The Texas Sommelier’s Conference: August 15-16, 2010

In Texas and Interested in Wine? Plan to Attend TEXSOM 2010, The Texas Sommelier’s Conference: August 15-16, 2010

TEXSOM 2010 will be held at the The Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving, Texas on August 15 & 16.  Please save these dates and watch the website for updates, at: Taste and Learn – What better way to understand the world of wine.

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Technical and Tasting Program

Sunday, August 15, 2010 (Chardonnay, Italy, Germany, France – Gascony to Provence, Greece)

Monday, Augist 16, 2010 (Beverage Management, Wine Flaws, Terroir Focus, South America, Portugal, Grand Tasting)

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TexSom and the Texas’ Best Sommelier Competition was founded by James Tidwell MS, CWE, Sommelier at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas; Drew Hendricks MS, CWE, Director of Beverage Education for Pappas Restaurants in Houston; and Guy Stout MS, Education Director for Southern/Glazer’s Distributors.

The event is made possible by the generous support of many sponsors, with scholarships provided by the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation.  Sponsors include:

Platinum-level: Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Republic National Distributing Company, Southern/Glazer’s Distributors and Turn Key Events.

Gold-level: Aqua Panna, San Pellegrino and Texas Department of Agriculture.

Silver level: Banfi Vintners, Old Bridge Cellars, Gambrinus, Broadbent Selections, Palm Bay International, NegociantsUSA, Constellation Brands, and Moet-Hennessy USA.

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The Texas Sommelier Association Background

The Texas Sommelier Association is a trade association comprised of Texas wine professionals. The Association promotes professional wine service standards, outlines paths for further wine education and certification, and raises public awareness about the professional standards and certifications for sommeliers. The association sponsors the “Texas’ Best Sommelier” competition; the winner being awarded scholarships for professional certification courses.  This competition is held behind the scenes during the TexSom conference.

The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas Background

The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas was established to connect its members and the general public with the value, creativity and craftsmanship inherently present in the culinary and viticulture arts. This mission is fulfilled by funding grants, scholarships and research aimed at elevating the quality, awareness and enjoyment of good food and fine wine as well as hosting education and social events that enhance the quality of life for members and communities. These programs offer unique opportunities to enrich the minds and palates of guests, who in turn can relate their experience with friends sharing common interests.  For more information, visit

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More information on events, competition, tickets and registration at:

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