texsom best sommelier competition

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Congratulations to the TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition Winners!

  • 1st Place: Andres Blanco, Caracol Restaurant, Houston TX
  • 2nd Place: Mandi Nelson, New Waterloo, Austin TX
  • 3rd Place: David Donelson, Classified Wines, Dallas TX

The winners were awarded the following scholarships from SOMMFoundation to be used for a Court of Master Sommeliers certification program.

  • 1st Place: $2,500 Scholarship
  • 2nd Place: $1,500 Scholarship
  • 3rd Place: $1,000 Scholarship

26 Applicants were selected to compete in the 2017 TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition.

We accepted applicants from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The competition includes a tasting exam, practical service exam and written theory exam and is judged by Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine from around the globe during the TEXSOM Sommelier Conference. The winner was announced at the Grand Tasting and Awards Reception on August 14th.



2017 Winner



TEXSOM Best Sommelier Winners

2017 Andres Blanco

2016 Rachel Del Rocco

2015 Nathan Fausti

2014 Joelle Cousins

2013 Scott Ota

2012 Ryan Tedder

2011 Bill Elsey

2010 Jason Huerta

2009 June Rodil

2008 Scott Barber

2007 Mark Sayre

2006 Devon Broglie

2005 Kim Wallace