Jesse Rodriguez of Montage Palmetto Bluff
Leads Ninth Annual Sommelier Challenge
Star Sommelier Jesse Rodriguez will once again preside over the annual Sommelier Challenge as Chief Judge. This will be Jesse's third consecutive year as Chief Judge, and once again he has hand-picked a tremendous team of sommeliers to evaluate this year's entries. The Sommelier Challenge is in its ninth year.
Currently the director of wine and spirits for the Montage Resort in Palmetto Bluff, S.C., Jesse's career has also had stops at the famed French Laundry and, most recently, The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, where he built a Wine Spectator award-winning wine program.
Jesse also is Executive Director of the Advisory Board of SommCon, the leading forum in the nation for sommeliers and aspiring sommeliers. The SommCon tasting for trade and the public is scheduled for November 17, 2017. Award-winning wines from Sommelier Challenge will once again be showcased at the SommCon tasting.