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Best Somm at TexSom
One restaurant sweeps the competition.

Christina Walther of Jeffrey’s in Austin, Texas, was named Best Sommelier at the 2019 TexSom Competition in August. The competition, now in its 15th year, pits candidates from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas in a three-part exam that includes mock service, blind tasting, and written theory.

Master Sommeliers Jay James (L), James Tidwell and Drew Hendricks (R) with winner Christina Walther at TexSom. Master Sommeliers Jay James (L), James Tidwell and Drew Hendricks (R) with winner Christina Walther at TexSom.
Walther and her colleagues at Jeffrey’s swept the top three spots with the runner-ups including Skyler Ring and Austin Farina, also employees of the restaurant. All received scholarships from SOMMFoundation to be used toward a Court of Master Sommeliers certification exam.

Co-founded by Master Sommeliers James Tidwell and Drew Hendricks, TexSom takes place every August at the Four Seasons Resort Club at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, presenting tastings and seminars by top professionals in wine.


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