This weekend, professional winos from across the country will be coming to the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas to talk booze and learn about wine pairing and tasting at the Texas Sommelier (TEXSOM) Conference. I’ll spare you the full press release because it uses words like “preeminent” and the name “Geoff,” and I’ll just summarize the deets.
If you don’t know what a sommelier is, because you really don’t need to, it’s basically the person from a restaurant or bar who is in charge of wines (per, Dictionary.com). This conference will basically be an enormous tasting for them to try out wines and learn more about different regions and how to pair them with food and stuff. Despite an extremely limited number of spots, the folks at TEXSOM and The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas gladly let me in for Sunday.
Here’s the schedule:
Saturday, August 13
9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Open to public. Courses include Social Media Boot Camp, Blogging: Unfiltered and Unfined, and Partnering with Traditional Media. A daylong pass costs $40. No complimentary tickets are available to VIPs/sponsors. Seating is limited to 50 participants.
Sunday, August 14
9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Open to public. Courses include Terroir Focus: Wines of Spain, Regional Diversity: South Africa, White Wines: Benchmark Styles of Modern Classics, Varietal Focus: Grenache, and Terroir Focus: Red Wines of Burgandy’s Cote d’Or. Each class features at least eight wines to taste and lasts one hour and fifteen minutes. An all-day pass costs $150 with lunch included. Multi-day passes are also available at a discounted price.
Monday, August 15
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Trade/Media only. Topics include Management of a Beverage Program, Varietal Focus: Chenin Blanc, Styles: Bordeaux Blends from the New World, and Iconic Producer: Vertical Tasting of Chateau Musar. Each class features at least eight wines to taste and lasts one hour and fifteen minutes. Registration is $50 and includes lunch. Multi-day passes are also available at a discounted price.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Grand tasting. Be there to celebrate when Texas’ Best Sommelier 2011 is announced. $65. More than 150 world-class wines will be featured. Tickets cost $75, and multi-day passes are also available.
If you’re interested in following along while I’m at the conference, you can follow me on Twitter. I’ll also be taking my learnings and filling you in here on Three Sheets, in case you’re busy Sunday.