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Austinite Joelle Cousins Wins "Best Texas Sommelier" Competition

Austinite Joelle Cousins (above, center) took home the "best Texas sommelier 2014" title at the conclusion of the annual sommelier conference Texsom in Dallas last night.

Cousins competed against 24 Texan sommeliers, including seven Houstonians, for the honor.


Rene Fagoaga of Dallas took second place and Nathan Fausti of Austin was awarded third place in the fiercely competitive event.

Competition entrants were tested on wine theory, service, and blind tasting over the course of the three-day conference at the Four Seasons resort in Dallas.

Last year's winning contestant, Scott Ota, was also from Austin.

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Jeremy Parzen writes about wine and modern civilization for the Houston Press. A wine trade marketing consultant by day, he is also an adjunct professor at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Piedmont, Italy. He spends his free time writing and recording music with his daughters and wife in Houston.
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