Periwinkle Foundation

Iron Sommelier

Periwinkle is proud to host Iron Sommelier Presented by AutoSol on October 20, 2016 at The Houstonian Hotel. Houston’s top sommeliers will share their expertise and wine selections with over 600 attendees.

At Iron Sommelier, Houston’s premier wine competition and tasting, the city’s most prestigious sommeliers compete for the title of Iron Sommelier. Each sommelier selects three wines that focus on a particular wine region, grape or style and personally presents the wines they are pouring, while conversing with guests as they taste and compare. Underwriters are invited to the VIP Tasting Rooms where each sommelier presents a select wine in a small intimate setting. Professional judges award the title of Iron Sommelier at the end of the evening while guests vote for the People’s Choice Award.

October 20, 2016

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

6 – 10 pm

Purchase Tickets

Individual Tickets

$200 in Advance

$225 Day of the Event

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 featured chef’s food pairings.

Grand Tasting Room
Grand Cru ($5,000) and Connoisseur ($2,500) Levels

In a private setting, each of our 2016 competing sommeliers will showcase their knowledge of an impressive wine which they personally selected.


New this year Branding Opportunities


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

Evan Turner – Helen Greek Food and Wine

Travis Hinkle – Hunky Dory, Bernadine’s, Foreign Correspondents, Down House

Samantha Porter – Oporto Fooding House, Oporto Wine Cafe, and Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen

Brandon Kerne – Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

Shepard Ross – Pax Americana

Christian Varas  – River Oaks Country Club

Angie Chang – Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant

Matt Crawford – State of Grace

Adele Corrigan – 13 celsius Wine Bar

Matthew Pridgen – Underbelly


Congratulations to our 2015 Iron Sommelier winner Evan Turner of Helen Greek Food and Wine!

First Runner up was Nathan Smith of Dolce Vita Pizzeria Entoneca.
Second Runner Up was Angie Chang of Sonoma Retail Wine Bar & Restaurant.

People’s Choice award went to Sam Governale of Fleming’s.

Best Grand Tasting Room Presentation was Adele Corrigan of 13 celsius Wine Bar.


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