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Winners Announced for SommCon® San Diego Young Leaders Scholarship for Wine and Spirits Industry Professionals


Winners Selected to Receive Conference Scholarship To SommCon® San Diego, Providing Access to Education and Networking With Beverage Industry Professionals

San Diego, CA (September 11, 2019) – SommCon®, a leading Southern California conference for wine and spirits professionals and serious enthusiasts, held in San Diego, CA, November 13-15 has announced this year’s winners for the Young Leaders Summit Scholarship program Presented by Tasting Panel / The SOMM Journal, Kistler Vineyards and Treasury Wine Estates. 

The 12 aspiring professionals, all under the age of 30, will receive complimentary conference registration to SommCon San Diego. These young leaders will experience three days of education and industry insight and will have the opportunity to network and taste alongside some of the industry’s top experts in wine and spirits. 

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 skill set and network with today’s most acclaimed wine professionals. The winners for this year’s Young Leaders Summit Scholarship are:

  • Aimee Arcilla | Californios, Captain; San Francisco, California
  • Annie Chernich |L’Oca d’Oro, Server; Austin, Texas
  • Rachel Coe | Rosewood Sand Hill, Sommelier; Menlo Park, California
  • Alysia Collado | The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, Sommelier; Richardson, Texas
  • Matthew Demma | Nick & Toni’s, Honest Man Co., Beverage Manager; East Hampton, New York
  • Anya Sutor | Total Wine, Wine Associate; Newport News, Virginia  
  • Genevieve Globus | Vann Restaurant, General Manager; South Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Emily Moody | Virginia’s, General Manager; Brooklyn, New York  
  • McKenna Pautsch | Pastry Chef; San Clemente, California
  • Jayme Schaeffer | Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Education & Events Coordinator; Irvine, California
  • Katia Spector | Scampi, Wine Director; New York, New York
  • Clare Wagner | Sagamore Pendry Baltimore; Lead Sommelier; Baltimore, Maryland

SommCon® has limited registration available and will sell out. For those in attendance, there are several ways to participate, including:

Full Conference Package (November 13-15)

  • Three-day pass with access to over 50 educational sessions
  • Networking Breaks and Hosted Tastings
  • Admission to Concours d’Spirits Tasting
  • Admission to Grand Decant Tasting at SommCon on Friday, November 15
  • Admission to Networking Lunch
  • Full Conference registration is priced at $455 (Price increases on September 27)

Single Day Thursday (November 14) or Friday (November 15)

  • One day education conference access with choice of sessions
  • Networking and Hosted Tastings
  • Admission to Concours d’Spirits Tasting
  • Admission to the Grand Decant Tasting at SommCon on Friday, November 15
  • Single Day registration is priced at $325 (Price increases on September 27)

SommCon® takes place November 13-15, 2019 at InterContinental in San Diego, California.  For more information or to purchase conference registration, visit: SommConUSA.com.

Accommodations are available at the InterContinental San Diego for SommCon attendees, make reservations here.

ABOUT SOMMCON®: SommCon® is a leading conference and exposition for sommelier-level education and training of wine and spirits professionals and serious enthusiasts. Held annually in D.C. and San Diego, 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.  SommCon® is 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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