Keeper Collection will host the 2017 Somms Under Fire Event at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, in Austin, Texas on Sunday, January, 29, 2017.


VIP Ticketholders will enjoy a Wine Tasting and Education Program presented by Wines of Austria to get an in-depth look into the world of Austrian wine. As the Fan Favorite Sponsor for 2017 Somms Under Fire, Wines of Austria will award a 5 day educational wine trip to Austria for the Fan Favorite Sommelier and a selected Somms Under Fire Sommelier volunteer.


The Main event for General Admission ticketholders will kick off with a Cocktail Challenge featuring Pisco Portón.  Contestants will be challenged to use Pisco Portón Mosto Verde to create a Craft Cocktail Recipe to be presented to the audience along with a personal narrative of their creation.


The event will continue as the 3 Sommelier Contestants will be presented with 3 food courses. As they taste, they will determine which competition wine they choose as the best wine selection to pair with that course. Judges Loire Valley Winemaker Patrick Baudouin, Master Sommelier Jay James, and Wine Expert Peter Wasserman will deliberate to determine the 2017 Somms Under Fire Winner, who will be awarded a once-in-a-lifetime Wine Internship in Burgundy, France as the Grand Prize, compliments of Becky Wasserman & Co.  In addition, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas will present a $2000 Travel Grant to the winning Sommelier.


All event attendees will be treated to taste all cocktails, wine, and food.  VIP tickets and General Admission tickets are still available, and can be purchased at


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