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For our inaugural Champagne and sparkling wine event series, we are excited to be working with a team of top level sommeliers selected from some of America’s best restaurants. Members from the EFFERVESCENCE sommelier team will be on hand at the various master classes, tastings and gourmet meals throughout the weekend.

We are proud to present our sommelier lineup for EFFERVESCENCE 2018 below.

America’s Best Sparkling Sommelier Competition


Ever wondered just what it takes to be a sommelier?

As part of our inaugural EFFERVESCENCE festival, we are seeking to locate and honor America’s foremost sparkling wine sommelier – that expert who knows bubbles inside and out.  The Best Sparkling Somm competition is open to any accredited American sommelier with demonstrated restaurant experience and a core competency in both viticulture and vinification practices. Nominations closed on March 31st, 2018.

EFFERVESCENCE selected twelve finalists!

Not just a popularity contest, our competition finalists had to also complete a timed online assessment of sparkling wine knowledge.  The top three composite scoring sommeliers will be flown to EFFERVESCENCE to compete on-stage on Friday night, May 4th at the Avalon Hollywood at our More Bubbles sparkling wine extravaganza.  On-stage sommelier skills to be assessed by our panel of judges will include precision pouring and timed blind-tasting.


Results of voting and examination

The results are in! Our three finalists for #BestSparklingSomm at Effervescence 2018 are Dana FarnerWendy Shoemaker and Rachel Macalisang. Congrats ladies! Join us as we get to see their on-stage skills live on Friday night at the More Bubbles sparkling wine extravaganza.


Eligibility and nominations

Open only to accredited sommeliers, the nominations for qualified candidates for 2018 has now closed.



A huge congratulations to our first #BestSparklingSomm, Wendy Shoemaker, who took home the title on May 4 at the More Bubbles Sparkling Wine event.



The Grand Prize for the #bestsparklingsomm winner will be a trip to Champagne including airfare, accommodations and access to exclusive tastings.

If you have any questions regarding the sommelier competition, please send us an email here.

Contestants must be 21 years of age with verifiable industry experience. Sommeliers may nominate themselves or colleagues. Eligibility to be determined by Effervescence event team. No purchase necessary to participate.

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