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The CIA Hosts Sommelier Summit

The 2nd annual CIA Sommelier Summit was held at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in April 2016

St. Helena, CAThe Culinary Institute of America at Greystone hosted its second annual CIA Sommelier Summit from April 24–26. The college’s California campus welcomed more than 130 up-and-coming beverage professionals, including many CIA alumni, over the course of three days. Among the presenters were a Certified Master Chef, Sake Master, Master of Wine, and 17 Master Sommeliers, plus many CIA faculty members.

Author and educator Kevin Zraly served as emcee. “As with last year’s summit, the CIA brought together the most knowledgeable group of wine educators in the United States to share their wine expertise to a truly diverse group of people and the next generation of sommeliers.”

This year’s summit covered several key aspects of the beverage industry, including beverage program development, new trends in winemaking, understanding the three-tier distribution system, communicating about wine, deep dives into regions and varietals, food and wine pairing, and hands-on learning seminars.

New this year, in partnership with The SOMM Journal, the 2016 “Up-and-Comer” Scholarship was awarded to eight sommeliers, who received an all-expense-paid trip to the CIA Sommelier Summit, including transportation and two nights hotel stay.

The event wrapped up with a “Through the Generations” session, tracing the path of American restaurants and their wine programs throughout the last 50 years. An impressive panel of chefs, restaurateurs, and sommeliers discussed the hospitality industry and how intertwined the sommelier and chef relationship truly is.

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Photo 1 (top photo): Rajat Parr, Suzanne Chambers, and Jean-Charles Le Bault de la Morinière (from left to right in front of classroom) were among the renowned presenters at the 2016 CIA Sommelier Summit at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. (Photo credit: Robb McDonough/CIA)
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Photo 2: The 2nd annual CIA Sommelier Summit was held at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in April 2016. (Photo credit: Robb McDonough/CIA)
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