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Iron Sommelier 10/20/16

Iron Sommelier 2016

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Event Info

    Iron Sommelier 2016 Presented by AutoSol October 20, 2016 6 -10 pm The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa Periwinkle is proud to host Iron Sommelier on October 20, 2016 at The Houstonian Hotel. Houston’s top sommeliers will share …

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Sommeliers participating in this year’s Iron Sommelier 2016 competition Lexey Davis Johnson  —  B&B Butchers & Restaurant Rachel DelRocco – Camerata at Paulie’s Thomas Moësse – divino Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar Melissa Lamb – Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar …

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Wine Case

Iron Sommelier Wine Case Hand selected by Iron Sommelier Winner 2015 Evan Turner, Helen Greek Food and Wine  “A Wine Dinner in a Box”  These six glorious wines allow you, the intrepid wine drinker, to easily mix and match any group …

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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 Room …

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Wine Selections

Wines Presented at Iron Sommelier 2015

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Photo Gallery 2015

  Check out some of the photos from the 2015 Iron Sommelier Evan Turner – Helen Greek Food and Wine: Iron Sommelier 2015       Nathan Smith – Dolce Vita Pizzeria Entoneca: First Runner Up Angie Chang – Sonoma Retail …

Iron Sommelier - Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 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 Programs play a vital role in the overall healing process of these special children, teens and families.

Each year more than 4,000 children are touched by Periwinkle programs Camp Periwinkle, CampYOLO, Family Camp, Camp Periwinkle in the City, 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, The Periwinkle Foundation provides opportunities for these special children and their families to heal emotionally, lead fuller lives and become stronger survivors.  With the generous help of our friends and supporters in the community, The Periwinkle Foundation changes lives for life.




2016 Iron Sommelier



2016 Sommelier Winners

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


Other awards presented included:

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.




Congratulations to Christian Varas of River Oaks Country Club who took home the title of Iron Sommelier 2016! And... fb.me/9Lm56CeQ6

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The winners from last night! Christian Varas of River Oaks Country Club reigned supreme winning the title of... fb.me/40TcpvpAk

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Rachel DelRocco taking us down the bubbly back roads of Northern Italia. Camerata at Paulie's fb.me/7h6vMFCmx

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This is my "I'm pouring you a game changer" face. Brought to you by Lexey Davis Johnson and B&B Butchers &... fb.me/2MrUuhcMZ

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Underbelly has my vote for theme! "Mencia, Not Carlos" (Spain). Their spilling pure gold on the tablecloth. #IronSomm16 Underbelly

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