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Registration Opens Feb. 1st, 2017

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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
  • 11:00am           Brockey Center Assembly (200+ppl):  
    • A Taste of Time ~ The Birth of Washington 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.
  • 12:45pm          Refresh & Network (200+ppl) 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 (max. 40ppl)  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.
    • Quilceda Creek Vintners Retrospective ~ John Ware, General Manager
    • The SOMM Journal Presents…
    • Wines of British Columbia
    • Sites and Soils of Pine Ridge Vineyards ~ Est.1978 Stags Leap District, Napa
    • Woodinville Wine Country ~ AVAs of Washington Wine
  • 2:45pm           Refresh & Network (200+ppl) 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 (max. 40ppl) 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.
    • Quilceda Creek Vintners Retrospective ~ John Ware, General Manager
    • The SOMM Journal Presents…
    • Sogevinus Presents ~ The House of Kopke Port
    • Heritage Ciders ~ An American Tradition
    • Woodinville Wine Country ~ AVAs of Washington Wine
  • 4:30pm           Brockey Center Assembly (200+ppl):  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 (300+ppl): Food, Wine, Beer, 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
  • 11:00am           Brockey Center Assembly (200+ppl):
    • Sparkling Wines of South Africa
      Join Wines of South Africa US Education Ambassador Jim Clarke for a taste of the finest sparkling wines in the world.
  • 12:45pm          Refresh & Network (200+ppl) 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 (max. 40ppl)  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.
    • Aromatized!  Gin, Genever & Vermut
    • Napa Valley Vintners ~ David Glancy, MS
    • Seven Hills Winery of Walla Walla, Founded 1988 ~ Casey McClellan
    • Diamonds from South Africa ~ Jim Clarke, WOSA
    • Wines of Medoc ~ Dégustation et Histoire du Vin
  • 2:45pm           Refresh & Network (200+ppl) 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 (max. 40ppl)  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.
    • Water of Life: Bourbon, Whisky and Rye
    • Napa Valley Vintners ~ David Glancy, MS
    • Seven Hills Winery of Walla Walla, Founded 1988 ~ Casey McClellan
    • Diamonds from South Africa ~ Jim Clarke, WOSA
    • Wines of Medoc ~ Dégustation et Histoire du Vin
  • 4:30pm           Brockey Center Assembly (200+ppl):
    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
  • 6:00pm           Trade Tasting Reception (300+ppl): 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 (200+ppl):  
    • 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 (200+ppl)
    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 (max. 40ppl)  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.
    • Port Perfected ~ The Story of Symington Estates
    • Winebid.com Presents ~ A Rare Wine Experience
    • Three Centuries of Cognac ~ The House of Rémy Martin
    • A Tasting Tour with New Zealand Wine Growers
    • Rioja Rising ~ Alta to Baja with CVNE and Vina Herminia
  • 3:15pm            Brockey Center Assembly (200+ppl):  The Rhone Rangers
    The Rhone Rangers has approximately 150 winery member wineries ranging in size from a few hundred cases to several hundred thousand cases and come from CA, WA, OR, AZ, MI, NY, VA. We welcome all wineries that make at least one Rhone wine to join.
  • 5:00pm           Trade Tasting Reception (300+ppl): 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.
  • 7:30-8:30pm    Shuttle Service to Somm Summit Hotels:  The Grove, Hyatt House, Maxwell

Tuesday ~ July 11 Off-Campus Activities ~ TBA

  • 6:00pm                        Woodinville Wine Dinner / The Estates Tasting Room Dinner

Wednesday ~ July 12 Off-Campus Activities ~ TBA

  • 9:00am            SODO Wine Tour / Westland Distillery Tour

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