• Alice Hama

SOMM360 LA 2019 - A Full Day of Exploring Bourgogne Wines

I had an opportunity to participate in SOMM360 held at The Jefferson on May 15th, 2019! This one-day seminar was led by renowned wine advocates around the world including Master Sommelier and Master of Wine. The LA chapter focused on Bourgogne wines, and Sommeliers and Wine Educators in Southern California gathered to learn the latest trend and industry insights.

About SOMM360:

SOMM360 – a tool for every sommelier in the world who would like to get support in continuing education and training for competition. Its initiative aims to help sommeliers with their goal to obtain their MS or MW, and WSET title or advance in other continuing education programs, as well as to increase the number and the caliber of candidates wishing to partake in sommelier competitions. Furthermore, it will provide a support network of peers and mentors to help sommeliers stay committed to their passion in this ever so demanding and changing hospitality industry.  

Full Schedule: 9:00 — 9:15 Welcome

9:15 — 9:30 Intro by SOMM360 and The Bourgogne Wine Board Nelly BLAU, Marketing and Communication Export Manager

9:30 — 11:30 Bourgogne Wines: The first step to the Terroir Lindsay Pomeroy, MW

11:45 — 13:00 Crémant de Bourgogne, Explore the region’s sparkling offer Lindsay Pomeroy, MW & Tanya Morning Star Darling Lunch with wine pairings

13:00 — 14:30 Tracking down iconic Village Appellations and their unfamiliar neighbours Christian Oggenfuss

14:30 — 15:15 SOMM360 Special activity with Morgan Harris MS, Angler

15:15 — 16:45 The Mystery of the Climats of Bourgogne Tanya Morning Star Darling

16:45 — 17:00 End of the day by SOMM360 and The Bourgogne Wine Board

Bourgogne Wines: The first step to the Terroir - with Lindsay Pomeroy, MW

Blind tasting on the regional level wines were very interesting. It is VERY hard to get Bourgogne's well-known producers' premier crus and grand crus for under $100/bottle (retail) in the market. It can go super high on restaurant wine lists, which means, most of our average consumers don't even pay attention, and those wines can sit in the inventory forever...

However, those regional level can provide price ranges that are casual enough to be competitive with other wines around the world. I thought the 3rd glass "Domaine JL et JC Bersan Bourgogne Cotes d'Auxerre Cuvee Louis 2015" was pretty tasty!

The session on Cremant de Bourgogne was very fascinating too. You can purchase those sparkling wines from the region for around $20/bottle (retail) which is already more than half price of average entry-level Champagne. Great category to add to BTG program for sure!

I learned so much from the comparative tasting of 3 Gevery-Chambertin Premier Crus. - A slight difference of soil composition can contribute significantly to the finish and style of wine.

These are the wines we 'tasted' from 9am to 5pm!

The wine list:

This event was very informative and inspiring. Thank you for inviting me! Yes, #ImIn for #BourgogneWines !

Pier-Alexis Soulière (MS) and Alice Hama