SommCon, Washington D.C.

WSET will again be the exclusive sponsors of the "fireside chats" at SommCon. New for this year, we'll be presenting a spirits focused masterclass .

Monday, June 24, 2019 - Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Westin Georgetown 2350 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA

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Three day seminar-based conference for wine professionals

WSET is delighted to be the exclusive sponsors of this year's Fireside chats at SommCon. New for 2019 attendees are also invited to join our masterclass to discover the worlds of Aromatised Wines using WSET's Systematic Approach to Tasting.

In the lead up to SommCon 2019, Dave Rudman DipWSET, Executive Director, WSET Americas will be sharing a range of thought-provoking educational content through blog posts and Q&A's - stay tuned.


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Fireside chats with WSET

Covering an array of topics on wine and the business of wine, WSET will be hosting "Fireside Chats", a series of 30-minute presentations. No booking is required, you just need to turn up!

24 and 25 June | On-stage in the common area of the conference | During seminar transitions.

Monday, 24 June 2019

10:30 - 11:15 | WSET Fireside Chat: For Goodness Sake | presented by Rob McCaughey - WSET & Toshio Ueno - Sake School of America
A deep dive into the current status of sake in the USA, join us discuss styles, production, food pairing and more.

15:30 - 16:15 | WSET Fireside Chat: New Offerings from WSET | presented by Bonnie Buchanan - WSET
This Q&A session will provide an exclusive look at WSET's new qualifications launching in August.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

10:30 - 11:15 | WSET Fireside Chat: Under the Influence? | presented by Dave Rudman DipWSET - WSET & Alyssa Vitrano, Grapefriend
How do you become an influencer in the wine business? What is the value? And is it good for the industry? Join us for this lively discussion to find out more about the role of influences in marketing wine

14:00 - 15:30 | WSET Master Class in Aromatized Wine | presented by Dave Rudman DipWSET & Rob McCaughey - WSET
Discover the strange, exciting, and at times bizarre world of aromatized wines. A selection of vermouths and more will be tasted as we delve into historical importance, varied ingredients, production methods, and modern applications of this vast category.

15:30 - 16:15 | WSET Fireside Chat: B.C.'ing You Soon | presented by Bonnie Buchanan  - WSET
Canadian wines on the world stage. How are factors such as changing tastes, investment, and climate change affecting the Canadian wines we know today, and the ones we’ll know about tomorrow?


About SommCon®

SommCon® is a leading conference and exposition for sommelier-level education and training of wine professionals and serious enthusiasts.

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, complete with a trade-only tasting and expo.

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