Taste dozens of international wines at Houston’s Iron Sommelier event

Houston-area residents can sip, relax, and raise money for a worthy cause at Iron Sommelier 2022.

The Periwinkle Foundation will host its 15th Annual Wine Tasting and Sommelier Competition at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Post Oak Hotel in Houston. Funds raised help support arts and therapy programs for children battling life-threatening illnesses at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Dubbed Houston’s premier wine celebration, the competition takes its name from the popular cooking show “Iron Chef.” Twelve expert sommeliers will compete for the title of Iron Sommelier 2022.

“Our guests will talk to summs, try different wines, some of which they may have never heard of before,” said the foundation’s Alice Rohrman. “Each guest will receive three corks upon arrival, and at the end of the evening, they will throw away their corks for their favorite som.”

Guests will be able to mingle, enjoy aperitifs and discover rare and new vintages from around the world.

Individual tickets are $250. Find out about sponsorship opportunities here.

Sommeliers select three wines, each focusing on a particular region, varietal or style, and personally introduce the wines they serve while conversing with guests as they taste and compare. A jury of three judges evaluates their choice, their presentation, their creativity and their knowledge.

Guests can expect to taste 36 wines in the competition and then vote (i.e. a cork) for the People’s Choice Award. There will also be a wine raffle, auction, raffle and children’s art sales.

“It highlights the wine community here in Houston, which we think is pretty impressive,” Rohrman said. “There are quite a few master sommeliers in Houston. … We have a large and vibrant wine community here in Houston.

A master sommelier holds the highest honor a wine professional can attain and works with restaurants, wineries, or other businesses specializing in wine. There are seven master sommeliers based in Houston, according to the Courtyard of the master sommeliers.

Last year’s event raised $390,000 for the foundation. The Iron Sommelier 2021 title went to Justin Vann of Nancy’s Hustle.

Sommeliers participating in the 2022 competition include: Zachary Newman, Bludorn; Justyna Brewczyk, Everywine; Andrés Blanco, The Gardener; Trevor Wiedeman, MAD; Evan Ortiz, March; Skyler Ring, Mastro’s Steakhouse; Chris Havens, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse; Dennis Vawter, River Oaks Country Club; Hector Ramirez, Sonoma Wine Bar; Adele Corrigan Wade, 13 Degrees Celsius Wine Bar; Anthony Garza, Trattoria Sofia; and Kelly Voelkel, Vinology and Bombetta.

The Periwinkle Foundation is a nonprofit group that partners with Texas Children’s Hospital to offer a series of camps, arts programs, and survivorship programs that follow children and their families from diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Learn more here.

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Shirley M. Pinder