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Steakhouse sommelier wins top honors, beating out a dozen others in wine-tasting competition

Steakhouse sommelier wins top honors in wine-tasting competition

9 Sean Beck and Jillian Nel with the Iron Sommelier Wine Pull team at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
Jillian Nel and Sean Beck flanked by ladies of the Iron Sommelier Wine Pull team. Courtesy photo
14 Jack and Marti Carr at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
Jack and Marti Carr. Courtesy photo
12 Randy and Ruth Adams at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
Randy and Ruth Adams. Courtesy photo
11 Judy and Chris Simon at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
Judy and Chris Simon. Courtesy photo
1 John Clutterbuck, from left, Steven McDonald and Sean Beck at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
John Clutterbuck, from left, Steven McDonald and Sean Beck. Courtesy photo
7 Thao and Steve Lai at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
Thao and Steve Lai. Courtesy photo
3 Monica and Hubert Ho, from left, Janet and David Cunningham and Pilar and Jeff McNear at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
Monica and Hubert Ho, from left, Janet and David Cunningham and Pilar and Jeff McNear. Courtesy photo
5 Pam and Johnnie Domingue, from left, and Jennifer and Steven Williams at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
Pam and Johnnie Domingue, from left, and Jennifer and Steven Williams. Courtesy photo
10 Debbie and Ozzie Bauer at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
Debbie and Ozzie Bauer. Courtesy photo
6 Linda and Bob Ittner, from left, with Brenda Buchanan at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
Linda and Bob Ittner, from left, with Brenda Buchanan. Courtesy photo
4 Steve and Sarah Sprengnether at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
Steve and Sarah Sprengnether. Courtesy photo
2 Marilyn and Louis Mogas at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
Marilyn and Louis Mogas. Courtesy photo
9 Sean Beck and Jillian Nel with the Iron Sommelier Wine Pull team at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
14 Jack and Marti Carr at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
12 Randy and Ruth Adams at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
11 Judy and Chris Simon at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
1 John Clutterbuck, from left, Steven McDonald and Sean Beck at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
7 Thao and Steve Lai at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
3 Monica and Hubert Ho, from left, Janet and David Cunningham and Pilar and Jeff McNear at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
5 Pam and Johnnie Domingue, from left, and Jennifer and Steven Williams at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
10 Debbie and Ozzie Bauer at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
6 Linda and Bob Ittner, from left, with Brenda Buchanan at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
4 Steve and Sarah Sprengnether at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014
2 Marilyn and Louis Mogas at The Periwinkle Foundation's Iron Sommelier October 2014

What: The Periwinkle Foundation Iron Sommelier competition and wine tasting.

Where: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa.

The 411: While sampling wines from across the globe, more than 500 guests helped raise $230,000 for the non-profit that creates special programs for children challenged by life-threatening illnesses. Kudos to event chair John Clutterbuck and wine chair Sean Beck.

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse sommelier Steven McDonald took top honors besting a dozen challengers. Christian Varas of River Oaks Country Club was first runner up and Evan Turner of Table on Post Oak was second runner up. Winning honors for best tasting room presentation was Vanessa Trevino Boyd of 60 Degrees Mastercrafted. Fleming's Sam Governale won the People's Choice award.

Esteemed judges were Antonio Gianola of Houston Wine Merchant, Ben Roberts of Republic National Distributors and Vince Henderson of Henderson Distributors.

Who: Ruth and Randy Adams, Marti and Jack Carr, Thao and Steve Lai, Marilyn and Louis Mogas, Sarah and Steve Sprengnether, Curt Rohrman, Larry Geiger, Mary Jo and Mick Cantu.

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