TEXSOM Conference and the Texas' Best Sommelier Competition were founded by James Tidwell MS, CWE, Beverage Manager at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in La Colinas; Drew Hendricks MS, CWE, Director of Beverage Education for Pappas Restaurants in Houston; and Guy Stout MS, CWE, with Glazer's Distributors.
Since its inception in 2005, the conference has attracted more than 2,200 wine professionals from across the United States, and more than 160 Texas Sommeliers have competed for the coveted title, Texas' Best Sommelier. The speakers and judges constitute a "who's who" list of the nation's top wine professionals: Master Sommeliers (MS), Certified Wine Educators (CWE), Masters of Wine (MW) and other highly respected wine educators.
A weekend of learning, music, wine, cuisine, and camaraderie, hosted by IMHRO, ONE MIND for Research and the Tug McGraw Foundation. Proceeds fund research to better understand, diagnose, treat, prevent and cure severe brain diseases and injuries.
Featuring many of Napa Valley's most famous and sought after wines poured by the owners and winemakers.
Special events include a gala event at Rosecliff (1902) showcasing reserve wines and an elegant cocktail buffet, and a collectible wine dinner at The Elms (1901) presenting rare and vintage wines with experts from around the world. The centerpiece of the weekend is a two-day Grand Tasting at Marble House (1892) with hundreds of wines, cooking demonstrations from national and regional chefs, and food tastings from some of New England’s finest restaurants and caterers. All proceeds benefit the historic preservation efforts of The Preservation Society of Newport County.