Hot Date: TexSom, the Single Best Wine Seminar in the World, is August 11-12 at the Four Seasons Dallas, Register NOW

I have no idea what you call the world’s largest grouping of master sommeliers — I’m pretty sure they’d prefer “college” to “gaggle” — but dozens and dozens of them are gathering (or gaggling) at the Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas again this year for TexSom, the annual wine education summit that’s the single best two day seminar on wine in the universe. The best part of the two-day conference: it’s open to the public. And registration is open NOW for the August 11-12 conference.

I’ve attended every year, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. 

Here’s the line-up:

Sunday, August 11

9:00am to 5:00pm—Educational seminars on contemporary issues to include:


  • Traditional Method Sparkling Wines from Around the World—led by Charles Curtis MW
  • Bordeaux—led by Ronan Sayburn MS
  • Building a Well Rounded Beer Program—led by Melissa Monosoff MS and Andy McNamara MS
  • Survey of the Ancient World: Southern Italy, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, and Turkey—led by Keith Goldston MS and Christy Canterbury MW
  • Geology Focus: Why Geology Matters—led by Wayne Belding MS
  • Sake—led by John Gauntner and Sally Mohr MS
  • Regional Focus: Etna—led by Craig Collins MS and Devon Broglie MS
  • Varietal Focus: Muscat –led by Geoff Labitzke MW and John Ragan MS
  • Varietal Focus: Merlot—led by Fred Dame MS, Jay James MS and Michael Jordan MS
  • Regional Focus: Santa Barbara—led by John Blazon MS, Brian Cronin MS and Rajat Parr
  • Varietal Focus: Benchmark Styles of Regional Classic Red Wines—moderated by Jordan Mackay (panel members: Michael Franz, Brett Zimmerman MS, Alfonso Cevola and Sherry Sauter Morano MW)


Monday, August 12

9:00am to 5:00pm—Educational seminars on contemporary issues to include:


  • Tasting: Perspectives MS/MW/CWE—led by Peter Neptune MS and Jay Youmans MW CWE
  • Geography Focus: High Altitude Wines—led by Laura DePasquale MS and Charles Curtis MW
  • Modern Australia—led by Matt Stamp MS and Eric Entrikin MS
  • State of the Industry/Sommelier Roundtable—moderated by Jordan Mackay (panel members: Rajat Parr, John Ragan MS, and Charles Banks)
  • Varietal Focus: Nebbiolo—led by Bobby Stuckey MS and Shelley Lindgren
  • Tasting: Elements of Perception and Style—led by Tim Gaiser MS
  • Regional Focus: Iconic White Wines of the Loire Valley—led by Josh Raynolds
  • Iconic Producer: Klein Constantia Vin de Constance
  • Tasting: Science Behind the Method (Terpenes and Pyrazines)—led by Geoff Kruth MS
  • Varietal Focus: Tannat—led by Keith Goldston MS


***Seminars are open to the public. Passes cost $295 per person and include admission to the Sunday and Monday seminars and lunch. Each class features at least eight wines to taste and lasts one hour and fifteen minutes. Seating is limited to 50 participants per seminar. Although open to the public, these seminars are also appropriate for those working in the industry— such as distributor representatives, sommeliers, restaurant managers and servers.


5:30 to 7:00pm—VIP-Reception  


7:00 to 9:00pm—Grand Tasting and Texas’ Best Sommelier 2012 Announcement Ceremony

***Open to the public. Tickets cost $95 per person. 


***Complete package tickets including Sunday and Monday passes and Grand Tasting tickets can be purchased for $375.


INFORMATION: TEXSOM will be held on August 10-12, 2013 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, between Dallas and Fort Worth. For more details and conference registration information, please visit