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Winners Announced for SommCon Scholarships


Winners Selected to Receive Conference Scholarship to SommCon®  Washington, D.C., Providing Access to Education and Networking From the Top Minds in the Industry

Washington D.C., (May 31, 2018) – SommCon,® a leading conference for wine industry professionals and serious enthusiasts, held in Washington, D.C., July 22-24 has announced this year’s winners for the Young Leaders Summit Scholarship program presented by Tasting Panel / The SOMM Journal.

The 10 aspiring professionals, all under the age of 30, with a passion for entering a profession in the wine and beverage industry or expanding their knowledge, receive complimentary conference registration to three days of education at the conference.

Through the Young Leaders Summit Scholarship, recipients grow their knowledge and develop their palate by participating in tastings, panel discussions, and keynote presentations. Recipients have multiple opportunities to expand their skillset and network with today’s most acclaimed wine professionals, including: Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, Hoteliers, Wine Directors, Distributors, professionals from Society of Wine Educators, and more The winners for this years Young Leader’s Summit Scholarship are:

  • Cassandra Felix | The Breakers Palm Beach and Flagler Steakhouse, Head Sommelier and Beverage Manager; West Palm Beach, Florida
  • John Garczynski | Princess Anne Country Club, Sommelier and Bar Manager; Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Joshua Turo | Yono’s and dp an American Brasserie, Sommelier; Hagaman, New York
  • Robert Lozelle | Compline Wine Bar, Restaurant and Merchant, Sommelier; Napa, California
  • Caitlin Hennessy | Holeman and Finch Bottle Shop, Wine Buyer; Atlanta, Georgia  
  • Shuyler Murnoe | Customshop Handcrafted Foods, Sommelier and Manager; Charlotte, North Carolina  
  • Jonathan Eichholz | Aquavit, Head Sommelier; New York, New York
  • Michael Winterbottom | Restaurant Senia, Sommelier; Kailua, Hawaii
  • Alycia Abreau | The Princeton Corkscrew Wine Shop, Wine Consultant; Princeton, New Jersey
  • Ariana Tsuchiya | Alan Wong’s Honolulu, Sommelier; Honolulu, Hawaii    

SommCon® D.C. is only open to an additional 100 registrants, and for those in attendance, there are several ways to participate, including:

Full Conference Pass (July 22-24)

  • Choose from over 30 educational sessions
  • Networking Breaks and Hosted Tastings
  • Admission to Opening Tasting Reception (Sunday, July 22)
  • WSET Fireside Chats
  • Full Conference registration is priced at $425 before June 15

Single Day Monday (July 23) or Tuesday (July 24)

  • One day education conference access with choice of sessions
  • Networking Breaks and Hosted Tastings
  • WSET Fireside Chat
  • Admission to Opening Tasting Reception (Sunday, July 22)
  • Single Day registration is priced at $295 before June 15

SommCon® D.C. takes place July 22-24, 2018 at the Westin Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and SommCon® San Diego takes place November 14-16 at the Marriott Marquis in San Diego, California. For more information or to purchase conference registration, visit: SommConUSA.com.

Accommodations are available at the Westin Georgetown for SommCon® attendees. Click here to make reservations.

ABOUT SOMMCON:® is a leading conference 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 educational classes and seminars complete with tasting breaks and networking opportunities. SommConis produced by Fast Forward, an event management agency specializing in productions for the wine, beer, spirits and hospitality industries, fastforwardevents.com.



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