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Houston’s Own Iron Sommelier is Crowned

River Oaks Underdog Edges Out the Trendy Greek God

BY // 10.28.16
photography Dave Rossman

WhatThe Periwinkle Foundation’s Iron Sommelier 2016

WhereHoustonian Hotel, Club and Spa

PC Moment: More than 600 wine enthusiasts flocked to the Houstonian for this year’s Iron Sommelier competition benefitting the Periwinkle Foundation. Presented by AutoSol, the evening showcased 14 of Houston’s top sommeliers who flexed their skills for three distinguished judges: master sommelier Brian Cronin (Palm Bay International, New York City), Liz Dowty (European Cellars, New Orleans), and Antonio Gianola (Houston Wine Merchant). 

River Oaks Country Club’s Christian Varas emerged victorious, while Helen Greek Food & Wine‘s Evan Turner took home the first runner-up prize. Turner won the top prize in Iron Sommelier last year — and his restaurant has won just about everything (Helen earned James Beard semifinalist honors in the Best New Restaurant category earlier this year).

The night raised $280,000, which will help fund Periwinkle’s camps and art initiatives for youth affected by cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Who: Chairs Sean Beck and John Clutterbuck, Anne Clutterbuck, Underbelly’s Chris ShepherdJulie Cannoy, Doug Osburn, Lisa and Mark CoxMichael JacksonCollin LaFaversEric and Dr. Erin OtnessDale Robertson, Mike and Nancy Syzdek

Holiday Gifting

  • Cotton Club
  • Wayne Smith
  • Oscar De La Renta - Clutch
  • Loeffler Randall - Shoes
  • Elaine Turner - Felicia Stole in Magenta
  • Cle Du Peau - Lip Gloss
  • Loeffler Randall - Clutch
  • Asher Gallery
  • Oscar De La Renta - Earrings
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Cle Du Peau - Nail Polish
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston
  • Bond No 9 - Perfume
  • Cotton Club
  • Bond No 9 - Candle
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Wayne Smith
  • Elaine Turner - GiGi Flats

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