Above: Samantha Porter (left) and Thomas Moësse are two of the wine professionals from Houston who will be competing in the “Texsom Best Sommelier Competition” this weekend in Dallas. Houstonians account for nine of the 25 contestants (image via Samantha’s Facebook).
It’s come to this: the Texsom “Best Sommelier in Texas” competition has been changed to include all the states contiguous to Texas and is now called the “Texsom Best Sommelier Competition.”
This year there will be contestants from Texas but also New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
But of the 25 entries, nine — yes count them, nine! — will be from Houston.
Over the arc of my life as a Texan, I watched Texsom grow from being a homegrown, however large, wine education session to being a major date on the international wine calendar.
It attracts marquee-name talent from all corners for the sentient wine world as well as top players from the Texas scene.
This year, for example, the super in-demand and super nice James Beard-award-winning Shelley Lindgren will co-chair a panel on Chianti Classico with Italian Wine Guy Alfonso Cevola, the number-one Italian wine blogger in the U.S., who happens to be a Texan.
But what’s even more incredible to me, beyond the surging and soaring interest in wine education in our country, is that nearly half of the contenders for the “best sommelier” title are from Houston.
When I first moved to Texas in 2008, Houston was just a spec on the map of the “somm” craze in Texas. Today, it’s become the epicenter.
Who would have thunk it?
Knock it out of the park, Houstonians!
In other news…
Both of them posted recently on a fabulous July lunch we shared paired with a truly stellar flight of old Nebbiolo (here’s my own post from the July 6 flight).
It’s great to read their hypertextual thoughts and impressions. And I can’t thank them enough for their generosity.