Aug 212012
 
TEXSOM State of the Industry Panel

Photo Credit: TX Wine Lover

It was an imposing audience.  As I participated in my first TEXSOM conference, I looked out and saw more Master Sommeliers than  I had ever seen in one place before.  Twenty?  Twenty-five?  I only knew some of them, so I couldn’t be sure.  But it did tell me one thing:  I had better bring my “A” game to this crowd.   Thank goodness I was sharing the workload with five other people on the panel—each of whom was a well-respected expert in his or her own right.

And we did get into it.  The ideas were challenging, the opinions were sometimes controversial and always well-expressed, and apparently we lit up the Twitter feed from start to finish. In the end, it was more invigorating than intimidating, and the conversations, presentations, and interactions were as full of good humor as they were good information. And that was just our panel.

I think I managed to be the perfectly bad dinner guest, raising the topics of Sex, Politics and Religion all in the short time allotted to me. What fun!

My favorite wine comment from TEXSOM?  Master Sommelier Keith Goldston, capturing the increased intensity and drama of a great wine by imitating the sound effects of the Dolby Plus commercial. Sfweeouuummm!  I can only hope that some sommelier somewhere is going to use that in a restaurant to the great joy and amusement of  his customers.

And the best part of this conference was catching up with so many amazing people over lunches, dinners, and yes, glasses of wine.  Is it the best wine conference in America?  It might be.  It is certainly the best sommelier conference anywhere, including Mars.

Ask Goldston.