Saturday, January 19, 2013

Somms Uner Fire - Austin, Texas

Sunday January 27, 2013 from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Austin, Texas

The Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Cost: $55

The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas is teaming up with Keeper Collection to host Somms Under Fire—a unique and interactive food pairing experience and sommelier competition. On Sunday, January 27th, 2013 the heat is on as three top Sommeliers compete in hopes of presenting the Perfect Pairing to a panel of Celebrity Judges. The Winning Sommelier will receive a grand prize of a one week Wine Internship in Burgundy, France with renowned Master of Wine, Jasper Morris.

Although the pressure is on for the three competing sommeliers, ticketholders are in for an evening of excitement, mingling, delicious bites and drinks. From 6:00-6:30 pm, sommelier contestants will compete in a Quickfire spirit competition, recreating a signature cocktail made by a guest mixologist. Guests can sample the drink recreations while enjoying appetizers, and the winner sommelier will receive a beginning advantage in the later competition.

The main sommelier competition will be held in the Driskill Ballroom from 6:30-8:30 pm. While on stage, the sommeliers will pair three courses with wines representing "Classic Regions" to be sampled and evaluated by the judges. Audience members will also enjoy samples of each course and are encouraged to test out the various wine pairings. By tweeting their fan favorite picks, guests can interact and play along as unofficial judges of the competition.

Access to both the Quickfire and main Somms Under Fire competition will be included in the general admission ticket, as well as wines and bites throughout the night. In addition to these competitions, VIP ticketholders will have access to the Taste Like A Master pre-event tasting guided by four master sommeliers from 5:00-6:00 pm.

Tickets: $55 General Admission/ $100 VIP All-Inclusive

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