Top Wine Professionals Dive Into Portuguese Wines at SommCon in Washington, D.C.

Sep 21, 2018

Portuguese wines sparked discussion, education, and intrigue at the first-ever East Coast iteration of SommCon, a leading conference for wine professionals and serious enthusiasts. From July 22 to July 24, 2018, the conference welcomed beverage leaders from up and down the East Coast to Washington, D.C., offering unparalleled education and networking opportunities. Among the conference’s most talked-about seminar and tasting opportunities were the ones hosted by Wines of Portugal, giving attendees new insight into Portugal’s many delicious and diverse wines.

Launched in San Diego in 2015, SommCon quickly established itself as a leading conference for serious beverage professionals and enthusiasts, necessitating a second set of events to meet demand on the East Coast in its third year of operation. With an education program meticulously crafted by the sommeliers and wine experts behind SommCon, the three-day series of seminars and tastings is prestigious, featuring Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, experienced winemakers, and international wine experts.

It was a natural fit for Wines of Portugal, which welcomed SommCon’s 200 attendees with Portuguese wines at the conference’s opening night tasting and reception. This initial taste of the wide Portuguese wine range proved intriguing, spurring many attendees to explore further at Wines of Portugal’s dedicated seminar in the following days. Hosted by Wines of Portugal U.S. Ambassador Eugenio Jardim, the seminar was at full capacity, educating professionals and enthusiasts alike about the variety of Portugal’s indigenous grapes. The energy was palpable, with many attendees asking thought-provoking questions throughout the seminar. 

“Although most wine professionals are familiar with Portuguese wines, many have barely dipped a toe in the wealth of indigenous varieties grown,” Jardim noted. “Based on the array of questions posed by the seminar’s attendees, professionals are eager to continue learning about Portugal’s diverse wines.”

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