Houston’s Best Wine Battle is Back for 2022 in a New Location

Justin Vann at 2018 Iron Somm

Iron Sommelier, Houston’s biggest competition among top local wine professionals, returns on Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. As always, it’s the biggest sommelier competition in town, bringing together top industry names to raise money for The Periwinkle Foundation, a non-profit that assists kids battling serious illnesses and their families. As in past years, the Wine Chair is Sean Beck, most recently the beverage director of H Town Restaurant Group, and the Sommelier Chair is John Clutterbuck.

In past years (excluding the pandemic ones, which we’d rather forget), The Houstonian Hotel hosted Iron Sommelier, but this time, it’s at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston, located at 1600 West Loop South.

Iron Sommelier trophy
The Iron Sommelier trophy. Courtesy photo.

Justin Vann of Nancy’s Hustle is the current defender of the Iron Sommelier crown — but there’s plenty of competition coming after it. Here are the other competing sommeliers:

Each sommelier is challenged to come up with a wine theme, and then select three wines that best represent that theme. Guests get unlimited wine samples, and there are also small bites to nibble on that will help get everyone through the evening. To that end: getting a sober ride to the event and back home is highly recommended. This year, Iron Sommelier is partnering with upscale rideshare service Alto. Use code IRONSOMM for $10 off two rides. 

Beyond tasting wine and enjoying small bites, other fun activities include a silent auction, wine pull, raffle and children’s art sale.

Individual tickets cost $250 each and, as of press time, are still available, as are special table and sponsor tickets. 

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