The eighth annual Somms Under Fire, the country’s most distinguished live sommelier wine and food pairing competition, will be held Sunday, January 27, 2019 in the Zlotnik Family Ballroom at AT&T Hotel and Conference Center in Austin, Texas. In the competition, sommeliers are challenged to match wines selected from TEXSOM International Wine Awards entrants with dishes prepared by a specially chosen restaurant. The sommeliers draw from their professional experience to choose the wine that best compliments the cuisine and then present their selection to a panel of expert judges. The audience tastes each wine and food pairing course along with the judges and evaluates the sommeliers choices for their pairings.
Somms Under Fire begins with a VIP tasting and educational seminar at 5:00 pm, followed by the Somms Under Fire Cocktail Challenge. The Somms Under Fire wine and food pairing competition begins at 7:00 pm. VIP tickets are $160 and General Admission tickets are $75 for the event.
The three Finalists competing for the title of Somms Under Fire 2019 Champion are:
• Dustin Chabert, Advanced Sommelier, Illinois Market Manager for DNS Wines, and sommelier at Spiaggia in Aurora, Illinois.
• Phil Laramore, Advanced Sommelier and owner of SAmandla import company, in Littleton, Colorado.
• David Reuss, Certified Sommelier and the wine director at Shanahan’s Steakhouse, Denver, Colorado.