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Iron Sommelier 11/09/17

Iron Sommelier 2017

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    10th Anniversary Iron Sommelier 2017 Presented by AUTOSOL November 9, 2017 6 -10 pm The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa Periwinkle is proud to host the 10th Anniversary Iron Sommelier, presented by AUTOSOL, on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at The Houstonian …

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Sommeliers participating in this year’s Iron Sommelier 2017 competition:   Lindsay Huntsman — Emmaline Evan Turner – Helen Greek Food and Wine, Helen in the Heights Matthew Pridgen — One Fifth, Underbelly Samantha Porter — Pioneer Wines and Spirits Brandon Kerne …

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Wine Case

Iron Sommelier Wine Case Hand selected by Iron Sommelier Winner 2016 Christian Varas, River Oaks Country Club “Wines Created Beneath the Vines” Gosset Champagne Brut Excellence N.V. (Champagne, France) Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier all combine here to complete the …

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    Underwriting Opportunities and Branding Opportunities   Tasting Room Underwriting Opportunities Champions Tasting Room Anniversary Reserve ($15,000) and Premier Grand Cru ($10,000) Levels Prior Iron Sommelier winners, will showcase hand-selected wines while enjoying a 4 course tasting menu. Grand Tasting …

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Wine Selections

Wines Presented at Iron Sommelier 2016

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Photo Gallery 2016

Check out some of the photos from the 2016 Iron Sommelier Christian Varas – River Oaks Country Club – Iron Sommelier 2016 Evan Turner – Helen Greek Food and Wine – 1st Runner Up Iron Sommelier 2016 Thomas Moesse – …

Iron Sommelier - Thursday, November 9, 2017 - A wine tasting and sommelier competition benefitting The Periwinkle Foundation

About Periwinkle




The Periwinkle Foundation develops and provides programs that positively change the lives of children, young adults and families who are challenged by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and are cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Since The Periwinkle Foundation’s inception in 1983, pediatric oncologists have made great strides in improving the overall cure rate of children with cancer. Nearly 80 percent of children diagnosed with cancer now survive.  While more children are surviving, successful treatment may leave them with mental or physical complications that can impact them for the rest of their lives.

Periwinkle is a community of healing through camps, arts and survivor programs, which are provided at no cost to children and families affected by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and are cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital.  Periwinkle programs serve more than 14,000 children, teens and families annually through a collaborative community of 20,000 supporters with a reach of more than 12 million impressions worldwide. Programs include Camp Periwinkle, Camp YOLO, Family Camp, Periwinkle Day Camp, the Long Term Survivor Program and the Periwinkle Arts In Medicine Program, which culminates each year in a traveling exhibition of art by children touched by cancer and blood disorders.  Through camping, recreational and arts programming, Periwinkle provides opportunities for these special children and their families to heal emotionally, lead fuller lives and become stronger survivors.




2016 Iron Sommelier


2016 Sommelier Winners

Congratulations to Iron Sommelier 2016
Christian Varas of River Oaks Country Club


1st Runner Up
Evan Turner of Helen Greek Food and Wine

2nd Runner Up
Thomas Moësse of divino Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, Vinology Bottle Shop & Tasting Bar

Underwriter Tasting Room, Best Presentation
Melissa Lamb  of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

People’s Choice
Melissa Lamb  of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar


Iron Sommelier 2016 Judges
Brian Cronin, Master Sommelier
Palm Bay International
New York, NY

Liz Dowty
European Cellars
New Orleans, LA

Antonio Gianola
Houston Wine Merchant
Houston, TX


Each Iron Sommelier contestant brought three wines and were rated on wine choice, presentation, creativity and knowledge of their wine selections. In total, there were over 50 different wines from Greece to Napa Valley available for tasting.




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