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

Posted on September 11, 2019

San Diego, Calif.—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:

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,

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Job Function: Wine and Spirits Industry Professionals

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