Featured cause: SommFoundation


Above: SommFoundation recently led a group of young wine professionals on a trip to Vinho Verde in Portugal.

The mission of the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation (“SommFoundation”) is to assist the wine and spirits professional to achieve the highest level of proficiency and accreditation in the food and beverage industry. It provides enrichment opportunities and scholarships to sommeliers, restaurant professionals, wine journalists, and winemakers to further their knowledge about the world of wine and spirits and elevate the level of competency in the understanding of the beverage profession. In 2017, it sent 102 Wine Professionals on 13 Enrichment Trips (Israel, Napa, Rias Baixas, Willamette, St. Emilion, & Tuscany to name a few). It also awarded over $120,000 in scholarships to 147 individuals from the US, Canada, Mexico and Asia.

Kelli White, one of this year’s featured speakers, writes regularly for the Guild of Sommeliers.


Boulder Burgundy Festival is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to support education for aspiring wine professionals, medical aid for the needy, and meals for children facing hunger.

Our events celebrate the fine wines of Burgundy through educational seminars, tastings, and meals that raise money for those in need.

Image via the SommFoundation Facebook.