Congratulations to Iron Sommelier 2019 Andres Blanco – Caracol Houston

Congratulations to Periwinkle Foundation’s Iron Sommelier 2019 –
Andres Blanco from Caracol Houston

The remaining results from last nights Periwinkle Iron Sommelier Competition held at The Houstonian Hotel are:

1st Runner Up
Julie Dalton – Mastro’s

2nd Runner Up
Chris Poldoian – Camerata at Paulie’s

Underwriter Tasting Room, Best Presentation
Chris Poldoian – Camerata at Paulie’s and Evan Turner – Ouzo Bay

People’s Choice
Andres Blanco – Caracol

Andres, back from his 2017 Iron Sommelier win, was revved up last night. He was hitting on all cylinders with his presentation and wine selections that focused on the ancient languages of wine, based on the three languages in which he is fluent – Spanish (Mexico), Italian and German. He was easily my People’s Choice pick for the top spot because of his presentation and command of wine knowledge.

Iron Sommelier 2019 Judges

Each Iron Sommelier contestant brought three wines and were rated on wine choice, presentation, creativity and knowledge of their wine selections. In total, there were over 50 different wines from Greece to Napa Valley available for tasting.

Scott Tyree, MS
Acadia House Provisions

Drew Hendricks, MS

June Rodil, MS
Goodnight Hospitality

Personally, I find the Periwinkle Iron Sommelier event a great education where I can listen to knowledgeable young sommeliers expound, engage and press the flesh with Houston’s wine aficionados. One of the best tickets in H-town. But, let’s not forget… it is all for a great cause.

The Periwinkle Foundation develops and provides programs that positively change the lives of children, young adults and families who are challenged by cancer and other life threatening illnesses and are cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital. Funds raised through the Iron Sommelier help support the Periwinkle Camps, Arts and Survivor Programs that serve more than 14,000 children, teens and families. This is made possible by a collaborative community of 20,000 supporters with a reach of more than 12 million impressions worldwide.

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