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Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Celebrates 10 Years of Partnership With Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet

Biggest lineup of Master Sommeliers to ever be present at Chicago Gourmet

Thursday, August 31, 2017 9:00 am EDT

Southern Glazer’s is celebrating its 10th consecutive year of partnership with Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet!

MIAMI & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (“Southern Glazer’s”)—the largest North American wine and spirits distribution company—is celebrating its 10th consecutive year of partnership with Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet. As the exclusive provider of wine and spirits and a presenting sponsor for this extraordinary, two-day gourmet gathering, Southern Glazer’s will also be offering up a lineup of the most Master Sommeliers to ever be present at Chicago Gourmet.

“Chicago has recently been named restaurant city of the year by Bon Appétit magazine and the best restaurant city in America by Condé Nast Traveler . We are proud our suppliers’ expansive portfolios will be featured in the many imaginative, one-of-a-kind culinary events that are a part of this amazing festival,” said Terry Brick, Southern Glazer’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of Chicago, Ill.

During the two-day gathering, there will be 12 wine seminars, featuring 15 Fine Wine Experts, including six Southern Glazer’s Wine Educators, four of whom are Master Sommeliers. With topics ranging from grape variety to wine regions – these seminars are surely not ones to be missed. “We’re thrilled to have gathered such a robust lineup of sommelier talent,” said Master Sommelier Serafin Alvarado of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “These include greats like Eric Hemer, Guy Stout, Fred Dame and many others I am honored to call colleagues.”

“We believe Chicago Gourmet is the perfect vehicle to help us reinforce our Company’s commitment to wine education,” added Alvarado. “We work diligently to make sure we are bringing the most highly-specialized resources to support the wine industry – so that we can educate not only our sales force and customers, but also consumers.”

The following Southern Glazer’s Wine Educators will be present at Chicago Gourmet:

  • Guy Stout, MS
    • Seminar Topic: Exploring Burgundy and the Whole Cru!
  • Fred Dame, MS – special guest
    • Seminar Topic: Exploring Burgundy and the Whole Cru!
  • Eric Hemer, MS, MW
    • Seminar Topic: International Icons – A blind tasting seminar featuring six world class Bordeaux Blends
  • Brian Bauer, CWE
    • Seminar Topic: Rosé, It's Here to Stay
  • Ira Norof, CWE
    • Seminar Topic: Rediscovering Australia and the Wine Down Under
  • Serafin Alvarado, MS
    • Seminar Topic: 2008 Vintage, Where Are They Now?
  • Eric Entrikin, MS
    • Seminar Topic: 2008 Vintage, Where Are They Now?

In addition to interactive wine education seminars, guests at the Grand Cru will enjoy expertly curated wine selections provided by Southern Glazer’s. Presented by Celebrity Cruises, this exclusive experience in culinary indulgence will allow guests to enjoy expertly selected wines from around the world paired with delicious food creations. These elite wines were thoughtfully handpicked from the distributor’s Master Sommeliers and Fine Wine Experts in attendance.

The festival features numerous events for every taste and budget including vibrant entertainment experiences, walk-around tastings, wine seminars, and intimate dinners. For tickets and a full list of events visit

In 2016, Southern Glazer’s added 80 new Fine Wine experts to its existing field teams of nearly 600. The Company’s salesforce is supported by its national wine education team, made up of the industry’s most highly-trained experts who hold certifications including Master Sommelier® (MS), Master of Wine (MW), or Certified Wine Educator (CWE). The education team consists of 15 Master Sommeliers®, including two of only 23 female Master Sommeliers® in the world. They are led by Eric Hemer, MS, MW, CWE and Senior Vice President and Corporate Director of Wine Education for Southern Glazer’s. The dedicated education team works hand in hand with the Company’s Fine Wine field teams to bring the most highly-specialized resources supporting Fine Wine in the industry.

Southern Glazer’s has more certified wine experts than any other North American wine and spirits distributor. Its employees have successfully completed more than 3,500 wine, sake and spirits education programs, from introductory to master-level achievements. These include:

  • Over 1,100 Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) wine & spirits certifications;
  • 19 WSET Level 3 Awards in Sake;
  • 1,600 Level 1 Court of Master Sommeliers®;
  • 117 CMS Certified Sommeliers;
  • 20 CMS Advanced Sommeliers;
  • 15 Master Sommeliers®;
  • Over 600 Certified Specialists of Wine (CSW);
  • 16 Certified Wine Educators (CWE); and
  • 117 Certified Specialists of Spirits (CSS).

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor, and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean, and employs more than 20,000 team members. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at

About Bon Appétit Presents Chicago Gourmet

Chicago Gourmet, the nation’s premier culinary experience aimed at promoting Chicago’s world-class culinary community, returns to Millennium Park September 23-24, 2017. Celebrating its tenth anniversary year, organizers will also present eXtraordinary chefs – eXtraordinary places, a range of thrilling culinary events held in Chicago’s most iconic locales the week of September 18. Chicago Gourmet was created by the Illinois Restaurant Association to celebrate and honor both Chicago’s culinary achievements and the creative vision of the chefs, Master Sommeliers, and wine-, spirit-, and beer-makers who participate. It also spotlights Chicago as an international culinary destination via its unparalleled epicurean talent. Chicago Gourmet would not be possible without the support of title sponsor Bon Appétit magazine and presenting sponsor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, LLC. For more information, please visit and follow on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Snapchat.


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