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Sommelier Sponsorships

Rodney Strong proudly sponsors sommelier organizations and events throughout the United States to encourage ongoing education in the profession.

“The important role of wine education and service is something we recognize and support in our efforts to bring fine Sonoma County wine across the country. Sommeliers are key in the one-on-one engagements at table, where the story of wine is told.”
—Tom Klein, Proprietor

Top | Somm Competition

Started in 2010, Top | Somm and TopNewSomm are competitions for wine service professionals administered under the framework of the Guild of Sommeliers. Each competition affords wine service professionals the opportunity to fine-tune their skills and compete for the title of Top | Somm (open to competitors 30 years of age and older) and TopNewSomm (open to competitors 21-29 years of age). These competitions recognize excellence and encourage mastery of wine and spirits knowledge and service. Rodney Strong is proud to be the exclusive wine sponsor of this competition and sponsor of the Top | Somm trophy.

Alexander Valley Cabernet Academy

Started in 2012, the Alexander Valley Cabernet Academy, hosted by the Alexander Valley Winegrowers, brings together the best Cabernets of Alexander Valley and shares them with sommeliers and key influencers from around the country. Partnering with SommJournal and Master Sommelier Fred Dame, sommeliers are led through a series of seminars focusing on the valley’s history, geology and soils, climate and elevation considerations, vineyard tours, and events over three days.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Sommelier Stars

Sponsored by Rodney Strong Vineyards, Sonoma Sommelier Stars is an all-star team of nationally acclaimed sommeliers who act as seminar moderators, panel discussion leaders and tour guides for consumers during Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Sommeliers also compete in a “Top Sommelier Challenge” and host VIP guests and bidders at the legendary Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction.

Sonoma County Vintners

Sonoma Summit

Hosted by the Sonoma County Vintners, Sonoma Summit brings America’s top wine buyers and sommeliers to Sonoma County for a three-day Sonoma County immersion experience, where participants take part in classes, panel discussions and meet over 50 winemakers and grape growers. Rodney Strong is proud to sponsor the Opening Night Bordeaux Seminar.



Rodney Strong Vineyards is a proud sponsor of TexSom. The TexSom conference has become the premiere professional beverage education event in the country, attracting a prominent list of sommeliers, presenters and sponsors from around the world.