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Colorado Sommelier Phil Laramore Wins 2019 Somms Under Fire

Phil Laramore (right) Phil Laramore (right)
On January 27, Phil Laramore won the eighth annual food and wine pairing competition, Somms Under Fire. A panel of four Master Sommelier judges selected Laramore, owner of the import and brokerage company SAmandla Wine Imports in Littleton, CO, for his performance in pairing, service and education. Laramore also won the Amador Whiskey Cocktail Challenge. Kathleen Thomas, training director at Hakkasan Group, won the Fan Favorite Sommelier award and David Reuss, wine director for Denver’s Shanahan’s Steakhouse, won the Magnum of Excellence Award, which is given to the finalist who scored the highest on the qualifying examination.


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