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~ Deadline July 5 ~

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Sunday, July 9th – Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
Seattle, WA

 

 

 

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Join Us in Seattle

Please join us for the inaugural SOMM Summit ~ International Wine & Spirits Symposium in Seattle.  Sommeliers, professionals, collectors, stewards and aficionados are invited to taste, talk, learn, share and celebrate the world of wine and spirits.  We begin with the incredible history that shaped Washington State wine, then a trip through the sparkling wines of South Africa and a tasting through Napa Valley to name a few of our topics.  Connect with enthusiasts and masters of wine, vine and service for a deliciously serious educational conference.  Vintages and varieties will abound throughout this two-and-a-half-day symposium featuring seminars, tastings, networking with industry professionals and personal one-on-one education and interaction with premier national and international wineries.

At the conclusion of each day, attendees will enjoy a three-hour reception with food and all the brands from the symposium.  This unique and focused opportunity provides local, national and international brands the perfect setting to connect with local, national and international trade.

SOMM Summit is poised to be the best wine/spirits tasting and educational programs in the Pacific Northwest.”     Joel Butler, Master of Wine

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2017 Seminars & Tastings

Sunday, July 9, 2017

10:00am          Coffee, Pastry & Registration
10:45am           Brockey Center Assembly: A Taste of Time ~ The Birth of WA State Terroir
Take a cataclysmic journey through time with Dr. Kevin Pogue, Professor of Geology at Walla Walla’s Whitman College and taste the sense of vintage and place with Walla Walla’s College Cellars Director of Winemaking and Instructor of Enology Tim Donahue.
12:30pm          Refresh & Network  A chance to meet and greet fellow attendees, check e-mail, refresh and revitalize with light bites, sips, samples from SOMMSummit sponsors.
1:15pm            Classrooms feature 8-10 pre-poured and proofed samples in Riedel glass, with a template, agenda, power-point projector & screen and panel of 4 + Moderator.
1:15pm            Quilceda Creek Vintners Retrospective ~ John Ware, General Manager
1:15pm            The SOMM Journal Presents…Coastal California Wine
1:15pm            A Tasting Tour with Wines of British Columbia
1:15pm            Sites and Soils of Pine Ridge Vineyards ~ Est.1978 Stags Leap District, Napa
1:15pm            Woodinville Wine Country ~ AVAs of Washington Wine
2:45pm           Refresh & Network A chance to meet and greet fellow attendees, check e-mail, refresh and revitalize with light bites, sips, samples from SOMMSummit sponsors.
3:15pm            Classrooms feature 8-10 pre-poured and proofed samples in Riedel glass, with a template, agenda, power-point projector & screen and panel of 4 + Moderator.
3:15pm             Quilceda Creek Vintners Retrospective ~ John Ware, General Manager
3:15pm             The SOMM Journal Presents…It’s Not About the Fruit
3:15pm             Eight Decades of Port with Sogevinus Fine Wines
3:15pm             Blue Skies, White Sands, Red Wines ~ The Exotic Grape of Naoussa, Greece
3:15pm             Woodinville Wine Country ~ AVAs of Washington Wine
4:30pm           Brockey Center Assembly:  WA Syrah…The New Northern Rhone?
Master of Wine Joel Butler leads a tour and tasting of the “Grand Crus” of Washington State Syrah through the wines of:  Amavi Cellars, Avennia, Betz Family, Rotie Cellars, Saviah Cellars.
6:00pm           Trade Tasting Reception ~ Food, Wine, Beer, Cider, Spirits
Network and taste during this 3-hour walk-around social for attendees, guests and patrons featuring pours from SOMM Summit presenters and partners in the warm summer twilight of Seattle.
8p-10pm    Shuttle Service to Somm Summit Hotels:  The Grove, Hyatt House, Maxwell

SOMM Summit Shuttle Buses will provide transport from and to the following hotels.

Hyatt House – Seattle Center is a great place to share a room and includes breakfast and happy hour. – Booking Guide
Group Code:  G-SOMM

The Grove West Seattle is just 8 minutes from South Seattle College Campus and is extremely budget friendly.
Group Code:  SOMM Summit

The Maxwell Hotel Located on Roy Street in lower Queen Anne.

Monday, July 10, 2017

10:00am          Coffee, Pastry & Registration
10:45am          Brockey Center Assembly: Sparkling Wines of South Africa
Join Wines of South Africa US Education Ambassador Jim Clarke for a tasting and discussion of the finest sparkling wines in the world.
12:30pm          Refresh & Network A chance to meet and greet fellow attendees, check e-mail, refresh and revitalize with light bites, sips, samples from SOMMSummit sponsors.
1:15pm          Classrooms feature 8-10 pre-poured and proofed samples in Riedel glass, with a template, agenda, power-point projector & screen and panel of 4 + Moderator.
1:15pm          Beers of the World ~ Charles Finkel, Pike Brewery
1:15pm          Water of Life: Bourbon, Whisky and Rye with Bull Run Distillery
1:15pm          Seven Hills Winery ~ Decades of Excellence
1:15pm          Diamonds from South Africa ~ Jim Clarke, WOSA
1:15pm         Médoc Wines: an Exploration through Vintages and Crus Categories:   Join Bordeaux expert Wendy Narby with a tour of the AOC wines of Médoc through a tasting  comparing vintages and Crus categories.
2:45pm          Refresh & Network A chance to meet and greet fellow attendees, check e-mail, refresh and revitalize with light bites, sips, samples from SOMMSummit sponsors.
3:15pm          Classrooms feature 8-10 pre-poured and proofed samples in Riedel glass, with a template, agenda, power-point projector & screen and panel of 4 + Moderator.
3:15pm                    Beers of the World ~ Charles Finkel, Pike Brewery
3:15pm                    Napa Elevations Valley to Sky ~ David Glancy, MS
3:15pm                    Seven Hills Winery ~ Decades of Excellence
3:15pm                    Diamonds from South Africa ~ Jim Clarke, WOSA
3:15pm                    Médoc Wines: an Exploration through Vintages and Crus Categories :  Join Bordeaux expert Wendy Narby with a tour of the AOC wines of Médoc through a tasting comparing vintages and Crus categories.
4:30pm          Brockey Center Assembly: Wines of Medoc ~ Advanced Seminar & Tasting
Join Bordeaux expert Wendy Narby with a tasting and tour of the AOC wines of: Médoc; Haut-Médoc; Margaux; Listrac-Médoc; Moulis-en-Médoc; Saint-Julien; Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe comparing vintages and Crus categories.
6:00pm          Trade Tasting Reception ~ Food, Wine, Beer, Cider and Spirits
Relax in the warm summer twilight of Seattle during this 3-hour walk-around tasting social for attendees, guests and patrons featuring pours from SOMM Summit presenters and partners.
8p-10pm          Shuttle Service to Somm Summit Hotels: The Grove, Hyatt House, Maxwell

South Seattle College Campus
NW Wine Academy

The Maxwell Hotel

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

9:00am                        Coffee, Pastry & Registration
10:00am            Brockey Center Assembly: Lustau Master Class ~ Sherry Ambassador Certification Course The debut of Bodega Lustau’s Sherry Ambassador Certification Course, the first and only USA Sherry Ambassador program approved by the Regulatory Council of Jerez. The course is led by expert Lucas Paya, Spain’s renowned Sommelier and Consultant.
12:45pm            Refresh & Network A chance to meet and greet fellow attendees, check e-mail, refresh and revitalize with light bites, sips, samples from SOMMSummit sponsors.
1:30pm            Classrooms feature 8-10 pre-poured and proofed samples in Riedel glass, with a template, agenda, power-point projector & screen and panel of 4 + Moderator.
1:30pm                        Touriga and Terroir: Dow’s Port Component Tasting Seminar
1:30pm                        Winebid.com Presents ~ The Art of Collecting and a Rare Wine Experience
1:30pm                        Three Centuries of Cognac ~ The House of Rémy Martin
1:30pm                        A Tasting Tour with New Zealand Wine Growers
1:30pm                        Rioja Rising ~ Alta to Baja with CVNE and Vina Herminia
3:00pm            Trade Tasting Reception ~ Closing Ceremonies & Scholarship Award
Relax in the warm summer twilight of Seattle during this 3-hour walk-around tasting social for attendees, guests and patrons featuring pours from SOMM Summit presenters and partners.
4:00-6:30pm            Shuttle Service to Somm Summit Hotels: The Grove, Hyatt House, Maxwell

Tuesday ~ July 11 Off-Campus Activities ~ TBA

6:00pm                        Woodinville Wine Dinner –  As Day 3 of the Summit concludes, Woodinville Wine Country will offer transportation from South Seattle to Woodinville for a progressive dinner and barrel room tour.  Guests will be guided on the bus by Jeff Lindsay – Thorsen of WT Vintners and Sommelier of Seattle’s RN74. You will experience wine production and crush techniques with Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery and John Patterson of Patterson Cellars. Then it’s off to taste and tour the delicious wines and gorgeous facilities of Novelty Hill Januik.  In conclusion we will to the scenic hillside grounds of JM Cellars for wine tasting and outdoor grilling with winemaker John Bigelow. Transportation will be available to and from South Seattle Community College or Seattle Center hotels.   Join us for this exclusive excursion to Woodinville Wine Country. It’s the perfect taste & tour finale to the events, education and delights of Somm Summit.
6:00pm                         The Estates Tasting Room Dinner

Wednesday ~ July 12 Off-Campus Activities ~ TBA

9:00am            SODO Wine Tour / Westland Distillery Tour

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