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Register for SOMMCON® San Diego

Event date: 
November 13, 2019 (All day)

San Diego, CA (July 23, 2019) –SommCon® returns to San Diego, CA, November 13-15, 2019, bringing together beverage industry professionals of all levels to discuss, develop, and lead the conversation on the business of wine.

SommCon’s education is built by some of today’s most influential palates for trade professionals and serious enthusiasts who have a passion for wine and spirits, and an unyielding quest for knowledge.

SommCon boasts over 50 educational sessions, workshops and master classes.  Learn and taste alongside the industry’s best and brightest through professionally designed seminars and power networking created to advance palates and shape the future of today’s rising food and beverage professionals. 

The conference begins on Wednesday, November 13 with pre-conference seminars available to full conference holders only.

The main conference is held Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15, and includes in-depth regional explorations, hosted tasting breaks, and thought provoking discussions about the business of wine. NEW this year, SommCon introduces Concours d’Spirits presented by The Somm Journal.

Concours d’Spirits is an impartial competition of domestic and international spirits judged by Sommeliers during SommCon San Diego. All entries are judged by a blind jury of 12 world-renowned palates, ensuring that all competition submissions are treated uniformly and fairly. Medal winners are featured in a public tasting during SommCon and receive exposure throughout the conference as well as amplification through The Somm Journal, its magazine, digital and social outlets. Applications are now open, and entries are currently being accepted until October 15, 2019 more information is available here.

SommCon San Diego is only open to a limited number of registrants, and for those in attendance, there are several ways to participate, including:

Full Conference Pass (November 13-15)
Choose from over 50 educational sessions
Networking Breaks and Hosted Tastings
Admission to Opening Tasting Reception
Admission to Grand Decant (Trade Tasting)
Admission to Networking Lunch
Full Conference registration is priced at $455 before September 17, 2019

Single Day Thursday (November 14) or Friday (November 15)
One day education conference access with choice of sessions
Networking Breaks and Hosted Tastings
Admission to Opening Tasting Reception
Admission to Grand Decant (Trade Tasting)
Single Day registration is priced at $355 before September 17, 2019

SommCon panelists and presenters include some of the industry’s greatest thought leaders including:

Geoff Labitzke, Master of Wine, Kistler Vineyards
Toshio Ueno, Masker of Saké, Sake School of America
Meridith May, The Tasting Panel and The SOMM Journal
Larry O’Brien, Master Sommelier, Jackson Family Wines
Eric Entrikin, Master Sommelier, Germain Robin and E&J Gallo
Joseph Spellman, Master Sommelier, JUSTIN Vineyards/Landmark Vineyards
Tommy Lam, Asian Wine Institute
Mary Gorman-McAdams, Master of Wine, International Wine Center
David Rudman, Executive Director, WSET Americas
Bob Bath, Master Sommelier, The Culinary Institute of America
Sandy Block, Master of Wine, Legal Sea Foods
Will Costello, Master Sommelier, Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Estates
Charles Curtis, Master of Wine, WineAlpha
Maurice DiMarino, Cohn Restaurant Group
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand
Tim Gaiser, Master Sommelier, Leading Wine Educator, Speaker, Writer, and Researcher
David Glancy, Master Sommelier, San Francisco Wine School
Nick Hetzel, Master Sommelier, Jackson Family Wines
Peter Neptune, Master Sommelier, Neptune School of Wine
Lindsay Pomeroy, Master of Wine, Wine Smarties 
Bree Stock, Master of Wine, Constant Crush Advisors

For a complete list of presenters visit www.sommconusa.com/presenters-panelists.

SommCon San Diego takes place November 13-15 at the InterContinental San Diego. For more information or to purchase conference registration, visit: SommConUSA.com. Accommodations are available at the InterContinental San Diego for SommCon attendees. Click here to make reservations.

ABOUT SOMMCON: SommCon® is a leading conference and exposition for sommelier-level education and training of wine professionals and serious enthusiasts. Held annually in Washington, D.C., and San Diego, CA, the conference brings together industry professionals of all levels to discuss, develop, and lead the conversation on the business of wine.  SommCon’s education is built by Sommeliers for trade professionals and serious enthusiasts who have a passion for wine and spirits and an unyielding quest for knowledge. Attendees learn and taste their way through keynote sessions and educational classes.  SommCon is produced by Fast Forward, an event management agency specializing in productions for the wine, beer, spirits and hospitality industries, fastforwardevents.com.